Bed bugs multiply at a very high rate and can wreak havoc in an entire building. You have to be observant enough to detect the early signs of these bugs. If you fail to do so, you'll no longer enjoy nights in your home. The following signs are enough for you to call bed bug control services.
Presence of Live Bed Bugs
As much as bed bugs are known to be sneaky insects, they can't go unnoticed for long. Yes, it's hard to spot bed bugs wandering around. But they'll have no choice when the infestation gets worse. These bugs have to feed and change hiding spots when they feel disturbed.
Call for bed bug control services immediately if you spot a small insect with a reddish-brown hue and a flat, oval-shaped body.
Bed bugs have a certain scent that makes your house smell musty. So, if you start smelling an unexplainable musty odor in your bedroom, you are most likely dealing with bed bugs. If the infestation is severe, your room might smell like moldy laundry or rust.
The musty odor comes from the alarm pheromones that the bed bugs emit in response to being bothered. It's hard to miss the scent if your bedroom is always clean.
Another clear sign you are living with bed bugs is the presence of bloodstains on your sheets. As the bed bug sucks the blood out of your body, there is a chance you'll squeeze or crush it as you move your body. Any slight force on the bed bug will cause blood to ooze out of its body. The blood will then stain your pajamas, pillow, or bed sheets.
As long as you don't have any cut or scab, the bloodstain was most likely left behind by a bed bug.
You are likely to find eggs in places where the bed bugs hide. These eggs are the size of a pinhead and are white in color. So, if you spot small, pearly white oval eggs in crevices and other bed bug harborage areas, call a bed bug exterminator.
Ignoring bed bug eggs is a huge risk because they hatch in about 14 days. Besides, female bed bugs lay up to 5 eggs per day. So, you can imagine how bad the infestation can be if you ignore the eggs.
Other signs to look for are
- Bed bug bites
- Fecal Marks
- Shell casings
- Rusty-colored spots on your mattress
If you've noticed any of these signs around your home, contact a pest control service.