Bedbugs are tiny, oval brownish pests that feed on the blood of animals or humans. Grown-up bedbugs have flattened bodies about the size of an apple seed. After feeding, their bodies swell and appear in a ruddy tone. These insects cannot fly; however, they can crawl over floors, walls, and ceilings.
People who don’t understand they have bedbug’s invasion may attribute the tingling and welts to different causes, like mosquito bites. To affirm bedbug bites, you should discover and recognize the presence of these pests in the first place. Let us find out the signs of Bedbug Infestation right here.
Bite marks on your skin
Bedbugs generally lodge on human skin to suck blood in the night. These indentations are often confused with mosquito bites; however, they are altogether different. Check your feet in the morning. They feed on bare skin, and the ankle area is the most likely to be bare at night. However, the bite marks could appear in almost any exposed area of your body. Generally, these bites are mostly painless at first. However, they start to itch after a few days.
Bloodstains on your sheets or pillowcases
If you see bloodstains on your sheets and pillowcases, you probably have bugs around. But you may miss out on this sign because these tiny insects move fast and can even survive without leaving their mark. Stick to lighter shades in bed linen if you want to confirm the presence of these pests. Keep a watch on them every day and you will spot the sign sooner or later.
Rusty spots on mattresses or sheets
Strip the mattress, sheets, bed linen, and box spring and thoroughly search the corners and creases to detect these pests. You can use an amplifying glass and a torch. Rust-hued, ruddy earthy colored bloodstains and little brownish ovals (peeled bed bug skin) are the reasons to worry. If you cannot do it yourself, you should always reach out to any trained bed bug exterminator who can detect them for you. They can also provide you with accurate treatment for the infestation.
Fecal spots and eggshells
Fecal spots are visible on bed linen, just like blood spots but they are black or darker in color. Another sign to look out for is the eggshells of these bugs. Although they are tiny and difficult to see, you can find little whitish eggs if you look closely. They are clear and narrow. You can see them in wrinkled mattresses and different spots where bugs can be found.
A strong unpleasant musty odor
In a room that has a substantial bed bug pervasion, there is a tell-tale and obvious smell. Some say that it resembles the smell of coriander. These insects release pheromones, which cause the characteristic odor. The smell may go undetected as long as bugs are not disturbed, but you will get a whiff when they unsettle.
It is easy for homeowners to miss out on these signs for significant periods, but being vigilant definitely helps. You must pay attention to the slightest indications and get help from authorized pest control providers at the earliest.