Bed bugs are great at hiding and you may not even realize they are there until you find some signs of their presence. One of the most common signs of a bed bug invasion is when you find bite-marks after you have woken up from a nights rest. However, it is still difficult to say or to blame bed bugs for your bite marks since there are many different insects that can also bite you while you sleep. Mosquitoes, fleas, and ticks are just some of the insects that can also cause bite-marks. So, until you find a bed bug and have it properly identified, it can be a bit ambiguous to know if you indeed have bed bugs in the house.
Ways to Know if Your House has Bed Bugs
Rusty or reddish stains on bed sheets or mattress
Bed bugs commonly feed at night while most of us are asleep. But, while these pests feed on us, they may also get crushed as we scratch them off unintentionally. We might also crush them without knowing. Finding some rusty or reddish stains on the bed sheet or the mattress may lead you to suspect their presence.
Finding their excrement
These excrements are small, dark spots that may also bleed on the fabric like how a marker pen would.
Bed bugs usually emit a musty sweet odor from their scent glands where they are usually congregated in one corner.
Having bite marks
Although your bite-marks may also be the making of other insects, there may be some ways to determine if they really came from a bed bug. You may be unaware that these bugs are crawling and biting on you in the middle of the night. As they bite you, they will inject you with an anesthetic and an anticoagulant the stops you from realizing that they are sucking your blood. Most people do not even realize that they have been bitten until they find the bite marks. The bite marks may be itchy and irritating. Some bite marks may be in a straight line while other bites may be in random position.
Seeing bed bugs
If you find a bed bug crawling on you, on your bed, or in any places where they might have an easy access to you, then you have bed bugs in the house.
How to Get Rid of Them
It is not easy to get rid of bed bugs. It will take time to totally get rid of them. Getting rid of bed bugs will depend on the type of home you have and the extremity of the infestation. If you are able to find the bed bugs early before they have created a large infestation, then your home may be saved pretty quickly. For multi-house dwellings, the infestation may get worse if the bed bugs travel from one house to the next.
Everyone is at risk of getting bed bugs since we constantly travel, and bed bugs are great travelers. To help your home and to get rid of these bugs, consult a pest control specialist. While there are some home remedies that you can do on your own, time is critical when it comes to bed bugs. They know how to travel well, and they can hide well too. In most cases, regular vacuuming, laundering and drying of suspected and even unsuspected clothes and linens on high heat, and applying pesticides directly on the bugs can help in getting rid of them.
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