Bed bugs are bad news. They bite much more often than most other pests, many people suffer allergic reactions to the bites, and they spread fast. It’s important to detect an infestation as quickly as possible to make sure that it doesn’t spread all over your home, but finding the bugs is easier said than done. The easiest way to find out about a bed bug problem is to see a living bug, but there are a few other signs that a homeowner should learn to recognize.
Recognize the Bites
Bed bugs are a problem because they bite. Much like mosquitoes, they live on blood that they suck from other creatures. They can go for a long time without food, so a significant number of bites is usually a sign that the infestation has gotten very large.
It can be hard to distinguish bed bug bites from other insect bites, but it’s not impossible. Like other bites, they tend to be characterized by redness and itching. The bites can show up on any area that is left exposed at night, and they tend to appear in large clusters and lines. This can help to distinguish them from flea bites, which usually appear around the ankle, and from other insects that tend not leave bites in lines or clusters. Some people don’t have a strong reaction to the bites and will only notice a small hole without any itching or redness. These bites often leave small bloodstains on the sheets, which can distinguish them from other bites even in the absence of the usual symptoms.
Look For Debris
It’s best to notice the bed bugs before they start biting. The signs are subtle, but it’s possible to see them and end the problem before it gets too big. They like to hide in small crevices near their hunting grounds, so it’s best to focus the search around beds, sofas, and other pieces of furniture.
One of the best signs of a problem is shed skin. Like most insects, bed bugs shed several times as they mature and get bigger. The shed skin will look similar to a bed bug, so it’s possible to use it for identification. Their droppings are also fairly distinctive. They often soak into surfaces to leave a black or brown stain, but they remain as a dark mound if there’s nothing to absorb them.
It’s hard to get rid of bed bugs once the population establishes itself, so it’s best to get rid of them as quickly as possible. The best way to do that is to keep an eye out for the signs of an infestation and seek help as soon as those signs appear.
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