Bed bugs are one of the most feared household pests. Not only does the thought of bed bugs make your skin crawl, an infestation can also be difficult to get rid of without the help of a professional. Whether you have noticed what appears to be bug bites on your skin, or perhaps small stains on your mattress or bedding, how do you know if you have a bed bug problem? There are a few main ways to tell when you have these bloodsucking pests.
The team at Western Exterminator, formerly Pratt Pest wants our customers to be fully equipped to know how to check for early signs of bed bugs in their homes. Keep reading to learn the top bed bug signs and symptoms in Everett WA homes!
5 Early Signs of Bed Bugs
It’s very important to learn how to recognize signs of bed bugs in your home early in order to prevent a full-blown infestation. These bugs are tiny and can be confused for other pests (such as carpet beetles) often. That said, there are several unique characteristics and habits of bed bugs that make it easy to determine when you have a problem. The following bed bug signs and symptoms are telling of an infestation:
- Red or rusty stains. Bed bugs leave a mark when crushed.
- Tiny eggshells or eggs. Although rarely seen, eggshells are a pale yellow color.
- Small dark specks. Their excrement is only slightly bigger than the size of a period.
- Adult bed bugs. Active bugs are often found clustered together.
- Bug bites. Bed bug bites often appear in lines or zigzag patterns on exposed parts of the body. Bed bug symptoms include itching and mild swelling at the site of the bite.
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Other Symptoms of a Bed Bug Infestation
If you notice early signs of bed bugs, there are several places to further investigate. Try looking in the piping, seams, and tags of a mattress or piece of furniture. The box spring of a mattress is a favorite of bed bugs, as well as any cracks on the bed-frame or headboard. Bed bugs have even been found in bed bugs, proving that they infest many more areas than just the bed. Remember, bed bugs are generally active at night or when you're at rest, so it can be difficult to find evidence during the day. As soon as you do notice any bed bug signs and symptoms, it's time to call our bed bug exterminators.
Do You Have a Bed Bug Infestation?
When you see signs of bed bugs, it's easy to feel overwhelmed. The first step is always to get a professional pest control company conduct a pest inspection on your property. At Western Exterminator, our team will work hard to get rid of any bed bugs in your property. Contact us today for a free quote!