The infestation begins when bedbugs find their way into your clothing or your personal things like bags. While hotels are a major bug source, these parasites can come from many other places like homes, malls, hospitals, buses, offices…you get the idea! Freeloading bedbugs breed rapidly, making them a force to be reckoned with.
Bed bugs are masters of hiding and can be tough to find even for seasoned professionals. Unfortunately, bedbug bites are usually the first signs of infestation.
The only way to know for sure that you have bed bugs is to find and identify a live bed bug or eggs in your home or premises. This is not easy; even for professional pest control exterminators who know exactly what they are looking for and where to look. Please read our materials and watch the video to help your efforts in finding and identifying bed bugs.
Bed bugs can be seen by the naked eye. However they hide very well in a lit room, so you will typically have to resort to finding clues like a detective. Once clues are found then you can step up the hunt for the bed bugs OR have a professional inspection done.
The most common signs of a bed bug (bedbug) infestation are:
- Welts on your skin that itch. If you keep getting new bites at night after going to bed, then this is a very strong indication of bed bugs.
- Small stains on your bedding, caused by the blood of crushed bed bugs
- Fecal droppings on sheets, box spring and/or mattress that appear as small dark spots
- Bed bug skins (which are thin shells)
While bed bug bites are in fact the most common symptom or sign of an infestation, other insects can also leave bites that are similar. These include: mosquitoes, ticks, fleas and mites.
If you detect any of these signs then begin your hunt.
Newborn bed bugs (nymphs) are the size of a poppy seed and are a pale yellow color.
Adults are red or brown and a little larger than the tip of an earphone plug.
Eggs are white and the equivalent of two grains of salt. They usually are seen in clusters.
How To Find Bed Bugs – How Do I Know If I Have Bed Bugs
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How Do I Know If I Have Bed Bugs in My Mattress?
by Michigan Dept. of Comunity Health Bed Bug Working Group