For years bed bugs were not a major issue. In fact, many people have never heard of them until recent years. But now that these nasty little bugs have made a major come back, it seems like you hear about them all the time. Today we are going to learn how to identify bed bugs and how they find their way inside of your home. So if you suspect you have bed bugs, you just might want to pay close attention to the information below.
Four Ways to Identify a Bed Bug
- The Size of An Apple Seed: A bed bug is about the size of an apple seed and is generally about the ¼ inch in length if they have not fed. Once bed bugs have fed they will often be balloon shaped and are more elongated.
- A Reddish Color: Most bed bugs will be reddish-brown in color especially if they have recently fed. This is due to their diet of blood that they take from their host.
- A Translucent Color: Young juvenile bed bugs will be void of color and appear translucent.
- A Foul Odor: Bed bugs are very smelly and will give off a musty scent. While this is very gross this smell can help you identify these nasty little bugs.
Signs You May Have Bed Bugs
There are a few signs that can indicate you have a bed bug infestation in your home. Below you will find a list of warning signs that you should be looking out for.
- Rusty Brown Stains on Bed Sheets: As you sleep these bugs will feed. While feeding they will often be crushed. This will stain the bed sheets and even the mattress and is a sure sign that you have bed bugs.
- Dark Spots on Bed Sheets: Another sign that you may have a bed bug problem is brown stains on the bed sheets. This happens when a bed bug uses the bathroom and the feces bleeds through much like a magic marker would.
- Bed Bug Eggs: If you find small pale-yellow eggs about the size of a millimeter you probably need to call in a professional. This is a definite sign that bed bugs are breeding and producing more bugs inside of your home.
How Do Bed Bugs Enter the Home?
You might be wondering how these bugs enter your home. No matter how clean you keep your home bed bugs can find a way inside. There are several different ways that they enter the home:
On Your Luggage
If you have recently stayed in a hotel room, then you just might have brought home more than just the free shampoo. Bed bugs can hitch a ride on your luggage and then when you bring it home they can jump off and infest your home. Even the poshest and most expensive hotels can have them, so you should be diligent about keeping them out of your home. Instead of placing your luggage on the bed or floor, place it in a cabinet or closet during your stay. This will help avoid contact with these nasty little bugs.
Another way that these insects can get inside the home is by hiding inside used furniture. Sofas, chairs and other plush furniture make the perfect hiding spot for bed bugs. So if you have recently purchased used furniture make sure that you have it treated before bringing it inside of the home.
On a House Guest
Bed bugs can even attach themselves to people and their clothing. This allows them to move to a new location and start a new colony. Having a house guest over that is currently having their own infestation just might put your home at risk.
Bed Bug Control Services
Bed bugs are very difficult to get rid of so protecting yourself from them is highly important. But if preventative measures are too late and you have an infestation, you should contact a professional to get rid of them. Getting rid of these bugs can be an expensive and annoying process but it’s the only way to ensure your home is safe. An infestation is a serious issue that needs to be handled by someone that specializes in their removal. Contact Big Time Pest Control for a free estimate.