Signs You Have Bed Bugs
Serving Georgia & Tennessee
If you’re waking up with numerous bites, it is only natural to think that you may have a bed bug infestation. But numerous bug bites doesn’t necessarily mean that you have bed bugs. There are a lot of bugs in the world, and a surprising number of them can create a bunch of bites on our skin that can be mistaken for bed bug bites. It is also possible to get a rash that looks like bed bug bites which can make things even more confusing. Take a minute to go down through this checklist. By the time you get to the bottom, you should know for sure whether or not you’re being bitten by bed bugs.
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Bed Bug Bites
- Bed bug bites have some unique traits that help to differentiate them from other bites. The most notable trait is the pattern these bites appear in. Unlike other biting pests that only feed once, bed bugs often feed three times. So, the bites created by bed bugs will look more like a path or a pattern on the skin. If you’re being bitten by fleas, chiggers, gnats, mosquitoes, or some other, single-biting pest, the bites will look random.
- You may be inclined to think that you have bed bugs because you woke up with bites, but bed bug bites take time to swell and become noticeable. This swelling can take as long as 24 – 48 hours from the time the bite occurred. So, you are more likely to start seeing them later in the day
Learn to recognize bed bugs
- When bed bugs first appear in a home, they will usually be in a batch of tiny white eggs. These eggs can be found on clothing, in the seams of bags, along the stitching of a sleeping bag, and other hiding places.
- When bed bugs hatch, they are tiny six-legged, pale insects with transparent skin. These immature bed bugs are the bugs you are likely to see if it is not the middle of the night. It is also likely that you’ll find it feeding on your skin. If you see a tiny pale insect with a bright red abdomen and six legs feeding on your skin, it is important to recognize it as a bed bug.
- An adult bed bug is oval in shape, rust-colored, with horizontal creases on its abdomen. If it has had a blood meal, it will appear redder in color and have a pill-shaped appearance.
Teach the people in your home to recognize bed bugs
- Identifying bed bugs is key to bite identification. And it is important that everyone in a household know what bed bugs look like. That way everyone in the house will be on alert for these bugs.
Inspect for other signs of Bed Bugs
- Search all sheets, pillowcases, and bedspreads for dried brown blood stains, black streaks, or shed insect skins.
- Inspect mattress and box spring seams for black patches, tiny white eggs, brown blood staining, insect skins, or bugs crawling around.
- Bed bugs can live in many locations. Search backboards, bed frames, nightstands, baseboards, crown molding, and other areas where bed bugs can crawl in and hide. If you have bed bugs, you should see black streaks or tiny black droppings.
- Bed bugs can live inside upholstered furniture. Signs of furniture infestation can usually be seen on stitching or in seams. Be sure to look under cushions and in pockets or hiding places.
If you find evidence of bed bugs in your home and make the link between your bites and these bugs, it’s time to call a professional. Bed bugs are extremely difficult to eradicate, and DIY pest methods often lead to prolonged infestation and uncomfortable bites.
At Allgood Pest Solutions, our bed bug service is developed by industry experts and designs to eradicate bed bugs, not repel them from one room to another or from one apartment to another. We rely on conventional application measures and heat treatments to ensure that no bugs escape treatment.
If you’re in our extensive service area, reach out to us today for immediate assistance and a quick resolution to your bed bug problem. You’ll quickly see why we are ranked one of the top bed bug control companies in Georgia and Tennessee.Back to Bed Bug Exterminators, Control & Removal
Signs You Have Bed Bugs in Atlanta & Knoxville Metros and Surrounding Areas
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