Bed bugs are one of the most irritating pests to deal with. While not infectious or harmful, they can cause skin irritation and are difficult to get rid of. Bed bugs feed off the blood of humans or animals and like to hide in bed sheets, pillows and mattresses.
Due to their flat shape, they can easily fit through small cracks in your wall or hitch a ride on your clothes or luggage. Here are seven signs that you may have bed bugs.
Sign #1: Red Welts on the Skin
Since bed bugs tend to hide in mattresses and sheets, they can easily bite you at night while you’re sleeping. If you wake up to find red welts on your skin, they may be bed bug bites. They can often be confused with mosquito bites, so they are often overlooked.
Sign #2: Itchy Areas on the Skin
In addition to the red welts, you may wake up feeling itchy and irritated in the morning. If you feel itchy, wash your bedding immediately. Bed bugs are often found in used bedding in homes or hotels, so having clean bedding is the first step in keeping the bugs out. While bed bug bites usually aren’t harmful, they can still cause skin irritation and may increase your risk of bacterial infections.
Sign #3: Red Bites in a Straight Line
Compared to insect bites from mosquitos or chiggers, bed bugs tend to bite in a localized area or straight line. Unfortunately, this can also be mistaken for hives or allergic reactions.
Sign #4: Musty Odor
Bed bugs have scent glands that tend to emit a musty odor. If you notice a musty smell, check your bedding and mattress immediately for signs of bed bugs.
Sign #5: Fecal Spots on Bedding
Since bed bugs feed on blood, they also leave dark brown or black fecal matter behind. If you notice dark spots on your bedding, mattress or walls, they could be fecal waste from bed bugs.
Sign #6: Bug Shells and Molted Skin
As juvenile bed bugs grow and feed, they shed excess skin in a process called molting. If you notice brownish or reddish bug parts or skin, start looking for other bed bug signs.
Sign #7: Bugs Found in Mattress Gaps
Bed bugs are most commonly found in small cracks of your mattress. If you have any of the symptoms or signs listed above, take off your sheets and inspect your mattress. Since they are so small they may be hard to spot, make sure to look for them very carefully.
Who to Call if You Find Bed Bugs - B&B Exterminating
If you find yourself with a bed bug infestation, the only way to fully get rid of them is to hire a professional. Avoid using foggers and having visitors in your home, as this will increase the chance of spreading the infestation.