Your bed and home should be a place for rest and relaxation… NOT a place for a bed bug’s next meal! Knowing how to identify a bed bug infestation can help you take back control of your home. Let’s take a look at the most common signs of a bed bug infestation and how National Exterminating can help:
1. Bed Bug Bites
Bed bugs often feed in one localized spot, and sometimes in a line! If you notice raised red welts and a rash-like spot in one area, that may be a sign that you (or your pet) have been bitten by bed bugs. These welts often itch and/or burn.
2. Bed Bug Shells
When a bed bug feeds, it grows substantially and matures to its next stage of life. Because of this growth, they often shed their skin to make room. Bed bugs will shed their skin 5 times as it makes its way to full adulthood. These shells or exoskeletons are a sign of bed bugs.
3. Bed Bug Eggs
Bed bugs in their first few stages of life – and the eggs themselves – can be difficult to see because how small they are. However, if you notice white eggs that are clustered together, you may have a bed bug infestation. Also, immature bed bugs can be seen with the naked eye if you know what you’re looking for.
4. Bed Bug Fecal Spots or Blood Stains
Bed bugs feed on a host’s blood, digests the blood, then excretes it. However, the excretion will not look red like blood but rather brownish or blackish in color. You may see blood stains on your sheets or pajamas if you squished a bed bug before it was done digesting the blood.
National Exterminating can treat your bed bug infestation!
Don’t deal with another anxious day or restless night sleep due to a bed bug infestation. If you notice any of the above signs, call us immediately. We will send one of our experts to your home, he or she will inspect the issue, and recommend one of two treatment options – a deep steam of the home or conventional pest control methods.
With the deep steam option, your National Exterminating technician will apply hot vapors and steam to every surface, crack, and crevice in your home. This hot steam will destroy the bed bugs and eliminate the infestation.
If the conventional pest control treatment method is right for you, your technician will apply a chemically formulated liquid or dust to specific areas in your home. This method leaves a residue that is deadly for bed bugs but safe for humans and pets.