Detecting a bed bug infestation early is key to preventing further damage and costly treatments. While it can be difficult to spot the signs of bed bugs, they are actually quite easy to detect if you know what to look for. In this blog, let’s take a look at some of the symptoms of a bed bug infestation in your home.
The first thing you might notice when there are bed bugs in your home is tiny bites on exposed skin. These bites can be red and itchy, but not everyone will experience these symptoms. If you do have a reaction, the bites will most likely be grouped together in rows or lines, as bed bugs tend to bite more than once in the same area.
Another common sign of an infestation is finding dark spots on your mattress or sheets. These spots are usually made up of dried blood from the bites, shed skin from the insects, and fecal matter. You may also find live bugs crawling around on surfaces during the day or night – they are mostly active at night while humans are asleep. Additionally, bed bugs leave behind an unpleasant musty odor that can be detected over time.
If you suspect that you have an infestation, it’s important that you act quickly by enlisting professional help or inspecting your home yourself with an appropriate insecticide and pesticide spray – such as diatomaceous earth – that kills insects without harming people or pets when used correctly. It’s also important to do some deep cleaning in order to get rid of any eggs or larvae that may be present so that they don’t cause future problems down the road.
Bed bug infestations can be difficult to detect without close observation and inspection for signs of activity. To increase your chances of detecting them early on before they spread too much, look out for red bites on exposed skin, dark spots on mattresses and sheets, live bugs crawling around during day or night time hours and a musty odor coming from areas where they hide like mattresses and carpets. If you think you have an infestation, call a pest control professional immediately for treatment advice and assistance with eliminating them from your home safely and effectively.