If you wake up with itchy areas you didn’t have when you went to sleep, you may have bed bugs. You need to look for the following:
- Blood stains on your sheets or pillowcases
- Dark or rusty spots of bed bug excrement on sheets and mattresses, bed clothes, and walls
- Bed bug fecal spots, or shed skins in areas where bedbugs hide
- Live bed bugs
YES, they are large enough to see!
The old nursery rhyme isn’t a myth; bed bugs are about the size of an apple seed.
Bed bugs may enter your home undetected through luggage, clothing, used beds and couches, and other items. Their flattened bodies make it possible for them to fit into tiny spaces, about the width of a credit card. Their initial hiding places are typically in mattresses, box springs, bed frames, headboards and nightstands where they have easy access to people to bite during the night.
If left untreated however, they may move through the bedroom, moving into any crevice or protected location. They may also spread to nearby rooms or apartments. It is very common to find bed bugs in couches and recliners.
Since bedbugs live solely on blood, having them in your home is not a sign of dirtiness or bad house keeping. You are as likely to find them in immaculate homes and hotel rooms as in dirty ones. Bed bugs simply don’t care; they are just after your blood.
Bed bugs are active mainly at night and usually bite people while they are sleeping. Bed bugs feed from three to ten minutes, become engorged, and then crawl away unnoticed. Typically there is no pain or sting when bed bugs bite.
People who don’t realize they have a bedbug infestation may attribute the itching and welts to other causes, such as mosquitoes or fleas. To confirm bedbug bites, you must find and identify the bugs themselves.
Three Most Common Mistakes…
First Common Mistake:
Throwing away all the mattresses and bed frames. With the proper bed bug mattress covers, the mattresses are usually the easiest item to save.
Second Common Mistake:
Only looking for bed bugs on your bed. Bed bugs typically only move in the open space of your bed or furniture when feeding. Most of the time, they are found in the small cracks and crevices around your bed and furniture.
Bed bugs will infest any area where people or animals are active. Bed bugs often infest couches, chairs, dressers, walls, and baseboards, and even stuffed animals and picture frames.
Third Common Mistake:
Trying to control bed bugs with over the counter pesticides. Bed bugs can become resistant to certain pesticides. Most home remedies only give a false hope of control and only delay the elimination.
Elite technicians have successfully treated hundreds of homes, apartments and hotel rooms in the River Valley over the past several years. We have even treated the sleeper of an 18-wheeler for bed bugs.