Bed bugs can become a problem after going on vacation, or having friends or family over for the holidays. Often bed bugs are brought into homes and other human structures where within a short time they can begin to infest a home. There are a number of ways to detect bed bugs and know for sure if there is an infestation in your home. A-Tex Pest Management will share the signs of a bed bug infestation.
Are Bed Bugs Harmful to Health
Due to the behavior of the bed bug, they often find their way into homes by hitchhiking from person to person or inside luggage, backpacks, purses and on clothing. Once bed bugs have invaded a home, they will begin to feed and breed. In a very short time they can quickly inhabit your home. Currently, bed bugs aren’t known to carry any diseases or transmit any harmful viruses or pathogens when they bite you. Nonetheless, they are a nuisance.
How to Tell if You Have Bed Bugs in Your Mattress & Home
Bed Bug Stains on Sheets – One major indicator that there are bed bugs infesting your home is black or reddish brown stains on you bed’s mattress or sheets. Bed Bugs feed on blood and mainly on human blood because they find our hairless skin much easier to maneuver and feed on. After they feed, and if they get crushed, they will leave behind a reddish brown stain. Black spots are much worse. Black stains are from the Bed Bug feces. They often leave feces behind near to where they like to hide.
Bug Bites – When Bed Bugs feed on a host, they will leave odd clusters or rows of bug bites. As Bed Bugs feed on a host, multiple clusters or rows appear in different places on the body. Bed bugs often come out at night to feed on a host and hide during the day. They also prefer a host that is not moving around too much when they are feeding. This is why the prime bed bug feeding zones are the bed, sofas, and chairs.
Physical Sightings of Bed Bugs – One of the last signs of Bed Bugs is of course, physical sightings. There are a number of physical sightings such as eggs, or nymphs. The shed skin flakes from nymphs are a light cream color. However, since full grown Bed Bugs are only about the size of an apple seed, nymphs and eggs are quite a bit smaller and harder to see with the naked eye. Another sign of adult Bed Bugs, and one that is rare to see, is catching one crawling around during the day. However you may wake up to a feeding Bed Bug or find them while you’re washing bedding or cleaning around the home.
Bed Bug Inspections, Treatment, Control, Removal & More in Austin, Round Rock, Leander, Pflugerville & Cedar Park, Texas
It is common to find bed bugs in bedrooms and most likely underneath the mattress or box springs. However bed bugs can be found throughout the home. The second most common place is the living room since people will sit long periods of time. If you believe you have a bed bug problem, contact A-Tex Pest Management. We provide visual inspections and treatment for bed bugs. If you need help managing the pests in your home, contact A-Tex Pest Management today.