Identifying Bed Bug Symptoms
Bed bug symptoms usually begin with the recognition of the bed bug bites. Bed bugs feed off of the host’s blood.
Bed bug bite symptoms each person develops are unique. Some may develop a bed bug rash or a group of swollen sacs of pus that is extremely itchy. In some cases the bed bug rash can become severely inflamed, blistered and even infected.
While bed bug bites can not be felt because of the antiseptic that is injected into the host when biting the red bumps that appear look a lot like mosquito bites.
The bed bug bite symptoms are unique though because they leave small red marks in groups or rows similar to hives.
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How to Find Bed Bugs?
Bed bugs are extremely adept at hiding. To find them you will need to know what you are looking for and where to find it. Most of the time it is much easier to find the signs of the bed bug infestation rather then the actual bed bugs themselves.
The signs of a bed bug infestation can show it reddish, brown or black spots on mattresses and bedding. These spots are caused by the remnants of fecal matter and bloodstains from crushed bugs.
Some other signs will be empty eggshells and bed bug exoskeletons from when they go through the molting stage. These will pile up in the hiding spots of the bed bugs. In addition, a sweet, musty odor is often present in severe cases of infestations.
Where Do Bed Bugs Hide?
The bed bugs themselves can be found in dark places. They generally hide in the folds and tufts of your mattresses and box springs as well as bedding and pillows. When a bed bug infestation becomes severe they will travel to other areas.
The signs of a bed bug infestation can be found in any furniture in your home. It is especially true for used furniture you may bring in to your home. Because of this any used furniture or beds need to be thoroughly inspected for bed bug symptoms before they are brought into the home.
All furniture needs to be examined for bed bug symptoms, not just furniture that contains cloth. Bed bugs has ability to hide in the wood furniture cracks and crevices as well.
It is also possible to find them deep in carpet, door frames and behind peeling wallpaper. When searching for signs do not forget to inspect the wall hanging and wood frames as well.
How to Remove Bed Bugs?
If you think you can not handle infestation yourself, hiring a professional is the best way to go. Pest control professionals can also conduct an inspection to see if you really have an infestation, and if you do how severe it is.
Please note that it is very important to choose an accredited, experienced company as it could take a long time and cost a good sum to clean an infestation.
Since bed bugs enjoy wood or fabric hiding spots instead of plastic or metal and feed on blood they choose to set up home in areas where human dwell. Bed bugs can be found not only at homes but also in schools and hotels.
While the staff at those establishments usually know how to spot bed bugs and possible infestations, it is not a 100% guarantee that they will do their job properly. When in doubt it is best to search for signs yourself.
Should you find any bed bug symptoms notify management immediately and do not continue to stay there.
Thank you for reading, all the best.
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