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Signs of a Bed Bug Infestation
Bed bugs can be challenging to detect. Knowing the signs of their presence is crucial for early intervention and effective eradication.
If you suspect a bed bug infestation in your home, look for the following indicators:
- Physical Sightings: Adult bed bugs are reddish-brown, oval-shaped, and about the size of an apple seed (4-5mm). While they tend to hide during the day, you may spot them in seams of mattresses, box springs, headboards, or other furniture near your sleeping area.
- Bites: Bed bug bites typically appear as small, red, itchy welts on exposed skin. They often occur in clusters or zigzag patterns and can be mistaken for mosquito or flea bites. Not everyone reacts to bed bug bites, so the absence of bites doesn’t necessarily mean you do not have a problem.
- Bed Bug Feces: Bed bugs leave behind small, dark fecal spots on bedding, mattresses, and nearby surfaces. These spots are often found in clusters and resemble tiny ink stains or smears.
- Blood Stains: You may notice small, rusty-colored stains on your sheets or pillowcases resulting from crushed bed bugs or blood released after feeding.
- Shed Skins: Bed bugs go through several stages of development, shedding their exoskeletons as they grow. You might find these light brown, translucent skins near hiding spots or close to areas where bed bugs have been feeding.
- Unpleasant Odor: In some cases, a large bed bug infestation may produce a musty, sweet smell caused by the release of their alarm pheromones.
At Akela Pest Control, we emphasize the urgency of promptly addressing a bed bug infestation. These tiny invaders multiply rapidly and can quickly overrun your home, causing distress and discomfort. Delays in tackling the problem can lead to severe infestations that are harder and more costly to eliminate.