Signs You May Have Bed Bugs
When a bed bug infestation starts, it can be very subtle, so subtle in fact that you probably won't even notice an infestation has taken root. There are many reasons for this. In this article, we're going to take a look at some of those reasons because understanding how bed bug infestations start will help you to notice the subtle signs those bed bugs leave behind.
Bed bugs are hitchhiking pests. When they first come into your home, they're probably going to be hidden inside something. They may climb into a pocketbook or other bag. They may hide inside a sleeping bag. They may hitch a ride inside a suitcase, duffle bag, or other luggage items. And if you have bed bugs in your items, they aren't going to make it easy for you to find them. When they get into these items, they'll hide in the seams, creases, pockets, and other hiding places. So you'll have to use a flashlight and look in these common hiding places in order to find them. If you have bed bugs in your belongings, you'll see small rusty brown colored insects (adults), tiny pale or tan colored insects (nymphs), or tiny white bed bug eggs.
Those bed bugs will then emerge from these items and travel to other areas of your home, usually under the cover of night. These parasitic pests will usually hide in locations near a food source, and since they feed on blood, they're likely to establish themselves in beds or in pieces of furniture near beds. They can also hide under carpets and behind baseboards or molding. If you have bed bugs in your bed or near your bed, you may be able to tell. Bed bugs leave black streaks of excrement as they travel. Look for these black streaks on your baseboards, bedding, sheets, pillowcases, and furniture. You can also look for dried blood stains on bedding and fabric items to help identify a bed bug infestation.
At night, those bed bugs will come out of hiding to bite you and feed on your blood as we sleep since they need blood in order to lay their eggs and grow their populations. But those initial bites can be often be shrugged off as bites from spiders, mosquitoes, or fleas. However, it is important to catch these initial warning bites to be able to seize your infestation before it gets out of hand. Bites from bed bugs are somewhat unique because they will bite more than once, often three times. These bites are often arranged in clusters or trails on the skin. Mosquito bites are arranged more randomly because mosquitoes typically only bite once. The same thing applies to flea bites. And spiders aren't prone to bite, so you're not likely to have multiple spider bites. So if you’re seeing clusters of red bumps or paths or bug bites trailing up your skin, you’re most likely dealing with bed bugs.
Safely hidden in their hiding place and filled with a blood meal, the invading bed bugs will begin laying eggs. When these eggs hatch, immature bed bug nymphs will emerge. These immature nymphs are tiny and are a different color than adult bed bugs. They're a pale color when they hatch and then slowly become more of a tan color as they mature. Since they don't look like the adult bed bugs people see on the news, many people don’t even realize that they have bed bugs, even if they actually see them. Don't let that be the case with you! If you see six-legged, pale insects crawling around in your house, take notice. It could be a bed bug!
The bites these immature bed bugs leave on the skin aren't as noticeable as adult bed bug bites. They may only result in small red dots on the skin. Those tiny bites will be arranged in a line or path, just like the bites from the adults. So make sure to look closely at the pattern of the bites on your skin to detect if they’re from bed bugs.
When those immature nymphs develop into adults, that’s usually we get a phone call as this is when people notice they have a serious problem. And though not every infestation works exactly like this, you can use this as a simplified guide to how bed bugs may get into your home. If you see early warning signs, the late warning signs, or bed bugs themselves in your home, give us a call at A-1 Pest Control! Our team uses industry-leading methods and technologies to track down bed bugs and completely eliminate them.
If you haven't seen warning signs yet, but you want to find out if you have bed bugs in your home, we can help with that too! Our service team is one of the best in the business. They have the training and experience needed to locate bugs, even when they are in hard-to-reach places such as wall voids, crown molding, and beneath carpets. Reach out to us at A-1 Pest Control today for immediate assistance with bed bug control!