Nobody wants to contemplate the idea that their home may be infested with any creature possessing more than four legs. Unfortunately, denial only makes it worse, especially where minuscule, parasitic insects are concerned; bed bugs are the most difficult pest to eliminate and control, if pest control workers are to be believed (68% of them attested to the truth of that statement). Keep an eye out of these five bed bug symptoms and signs so you can eradicate the tiny monsters as soon as possible.
- Red, itchy bites: Bed bugs feed on the blood of humans, and that kind of invasive behavior always leaves a mark. The appearances of flat, red welts — especially in small clusters or straight rows — can be indicative that the pesky pests are living in your home. Although their bites can’t spread disease, the scratching they incite may cause bleeding and infection.
- Sleepless nights: If bed bugs feed on blood, they’re going to be concentrated where they have the most direct access to it: your bed. If you’re constantly being kept awake, tossing and turning due to itchiness or the feeling of insects on your body, bed bugs may be what’s causing it.
- Marked arms and shoulders: Bed bugs cluster together in groups when there’s food nearby, which usually ends up being the corners of mattresses. This gives them easy access to the closest nearby exposed skin: your arms and shoulders. Fleas and chiggers tend to bite around the ankles, so if you’re feeling itchy and just a little crazy but have welts on your upper body, you can rule them out.
- Evidence left behind: One of the best ways to determine if you have bed bugs is to investigate your bed. After feeding, they may leave behind little blood stains resembling small rust spots. Bed bugs also shed their exoskeletons — if you find small, oval, brown flakes on your mattress, they may be remnants of the intruders. Both of these signs will be left near the corners of your bed, closest to where you sleep.
- Musty odor: Oftentimes, a strong, unpleasant mold-like odor (like that of a wet towel that has been wrapped up for too long) will accompany bed bug infestations. Bed bugs release pheromones that can be intensely amplified when they’re gathered in large numbers.
We know these bed bug symptoms are horrific and disgusting, but knowledge is power; the soon you can identify the problem, the sooner you can take care of it. Finding pest control services and exterminators is easy — and always worth the cost. Do your research and say goodbye to those nasty bed bug symptoms!