Bedbugs are oval, brownish, small insects that are nasty and uncomfortable, and they live on human blood. Unfortunately, bed bugs are hard to find, and many homeowners live with them until it’s too late, and they are everywhere. For instance, bed bugs hatch in 6 to 10 days, and the immature nymphs take about a month to develop fully.
Therefore, if they go unnoticed, they can produce three or more generations per year in your home. It’s, therefore, vital to identify the signs of bed bug infestation early to take the necessary measures to eradicate them. While bed bugs initially hide in your mattress, bed frame, and headboards, with time, they tend to spread into other rooms and crevices as they populate.
Here are some signs you may have a bed bug infestation in your home.
1. Red, Itchy Bites
Bed bug bites are often confused with mosquito bites because they have similar characteristics. However, unlike mosquito bites, you can’t feel bed bug bites as they happen since they produce an anesthetic to numb your skin. Bed bug bites are usually red, itchy, and they form in clusters or a row/line.
These bites are also irritating, and scratching them only makes it worse.
2. Blood Stains and Dark Spots
When bed bugs feed on you, they leave behind blood stains on your sheets and mattress that resemble rust spots. Immature bed bugs also shed their skin several times during development, leaving behind exoskeletons on the corners and edges of your bed.
If you notice any blood stains or dark spots on the crevices and corners of your bed, you have a bed bug infestation problem.
3. Uncomfortable nights
Bedbugs are most active at night when you are asleep, and they can be a nuisance since their bites are itchy. If you find it hard to sleep at night due to itchy welts and bites, it’s more likely bed bugs are your problem.
4. Musty odor
Bed bugs release pheromones as a way to signal other bed bugs to the area. These pheromones have a strong, musty, and unpleasant odor that can fill a room if you have bed bugs in large numbers. Thus, if you find your bedroom smelling like a dirty wet towel or locker room, you need to perform an inspection for bed bugs.
5. Egg Shells or Shed Skins
Bed bug eggshells and shedded skin appear white and can sometimes be molten. They can be found on any wood or fabric material, e.g., mattresses, cushions, headboards, or sofas. To identify eggshells in your bedroom, inspect your bed for husk-like specks along your headboard or the lining of your mattress.
6. Your neighbors have bed bugs
Bed bugs usually spread from person to person through luggage, clothes, and hotel beddings. For example, if you visit a neighbor with bedbugs, you can carry them back to your house. However, bed bugs aren’t a sign that a person’s home is dirty since they only feed on blood.
If you suspect you have bedbugs, ask your neighbors if they have a similar problem as this makes it easier to identify your infestation.
7. Tiny white spots
Bed bugs produce small eggs that appear like white spots in crevices and cracks. You can use a flashlight to inspect your bedroom for tiny white eggs, but they can be too small to detect.
Once you perform a routine inspection of your house for bed bugs, you can call a residential pest control company to fumigate your home. Allied Services Pest Elimination is a pest exterminator here in San Diego that can eradicate bed bugs in your home.
Call our phone number 858-538-2777 today, to get pest control services.