The most common way people get bed bugs is through traveling. If you have been somewhere or around someone who has a bed bug infestation, they can easily attach themselves to your luggage or your clothing. Once you arrive back home, the bed bugs can crawl out and make themselves comfortable in their new home. Since it’s easy for anyone to bring bed bugs home with them, learning the signs of an infestation can help you stay clean and safe.
- Bites: The most common way that people discover they have a bedbug problem is by waking up with bites on their skin. Bed bug bites are not typically dangerous or painful, but can cause itchiness, redness, and minor swelling. The most identifying factor of bed bug bites is the pattern they leave on your skin. As opposed to mosquito and other insect bites, bed bugs will leave you with clusters of small bumps or a zigzag pattern of bites. If you think you may be experiencing bed bug bites, call us today for a pest removal consultation.
- Blood Stains: Waking up with small blood stains on your sheets can be alarming, and it may signal a bed bug problem. Spotting reddish stains on bed sheets or mattresses may be caused by unknowingly crushing the bugs in your sleep.
- Seeing Them: Bed bugs are very small and sneaky, so the chances of seeing them are slim. However, if you have experienced any of the above symptoms, you may be able to find them using a flashlight. Bed bugs can hide just about anywhere and can fit in spaces the width of a credit card, making detecting them so difficult. Typical hiding places are mattress seams, behind pictures, box springs, in curtains, behind headboards, in sofas, baseboards, bed frames, along carpet edges, and nightstands. If you use a flashlight to look in any of these areas and see any movement or small black spots, it might be time to call Chrome Mosquito and Pest Control.