Did you know that 20% of Americans have encountered bed bugs in their homes or know of someone who has? Even worse is, 97% of pest control companies have treated homes for these pests in the last year.
Bed bugs can be an annoying pest to deal with. Not only can they bite you, but they can also be very difficult to get rid of.
But if you know what to look for, you can take care of a bed bug problem before it turns into an infestation.
In this article, we’ll discuss 5 early signs of bed bugs you should be aware of.
1. Bite Marks
You probably know the saying, “goodnight, don’t let the bed bugs bite.” These pests will come out and bite you all over while you’re sleeping.
You’ll typically have red bumps on any skin you’ve left exposed while slumbering.
People mistakenly believe that bed bugs are only active at night. However, the reality is, they’re active whenever you’re on the bed. So that means if you take naps or hang on on your bed during the day, you can still get bitten.
2. Skin Irritation
Not only will bed bug bites leave red bumps and welts on your skin, but they might also make your skin irritated. This is especially true if your skin is pretty sensitive.
You might have itchiness, redness, and even hives and blisters if you’re allergic to bed bug bites.
3. Reddish-Brown Spots on Your Mattress
Bed bugs will eliminate waste, just like any other organism. When they do, it leaves reddish-brown spots on your mattress.
At the beginning of an infestation, it might be hard to detect these spots. But make sure you check your mattress regularly and inspect it carefully for these spots.
4. Musty Smell
Does your bedroom have a musty smell, like a well-used locker room? Is it still lingering, even after you’ve given your room a good clean? Then chances are, it’s bed bugs.
This smell comes from the bed bugs’ scent glands and they use it to communicate with one another.
5. Bed Bug Eggs
Bed bug eggs are about 1 mm in length and are white in color. These pests will lay their eggs in clusters, so chances are, if you see one, there are others around.
This is actually a sign of moderate to severe infestation. So if you notice bed bug eggs, you really need to get in touch with a pest control company.
Recognize These Early Signs of Bed Bugs
Now you know some early signs of bed bugs. If you’ve noticed any of them in your house, then you need to take prompt action.
You’ll need to contact a professional pest control company so you can get proper bed bug treatment for your home. They’ll be able to put together a treatment plan that’ll not only kill off both the adults and bed bug eggs.
So don’t wait if you suspect you might have bed bugs in your house. Have a professional inspect your property ASAP.
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