These two words are enough to send shivers up the spine of homeowners, renters, and travelers alike—actually, enough to send shivers up the spine of any human being.
While bed bugs are not necessarily dangerous to our physical health (signs point to them not carrying any kind of disease that can infect humans), there is no doubt that they can wreak havoc on our sense of psychological safety. After all, they infect the areas that we tend to think of as the most secure places in our lives, such as beds, couches, and other sources of comfort.
One of the best ways that you can protect yourself against a bed bug infestation is by learning about the possible signs that a bed bug may have taken up real estate within your home. Here are some of the easiest ways to check for bed bugs, as well as the major signs that a bed bug infestation may be near.
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5 Signs of Infestation
1. Small Black Dots
The best way to determine whether or not bed bugs have made a home in your bed is by looking for small black flecks in the corner of your mattress (or couch cushion, etc). These are not the bed bugs themselves, but rather bed bug excrement. To get an accurate look, find a flashlight, or use the flashlight on your phone. Using a thin firm tool like a credit card, pull the sides of the mattress or the cushion down to expose the crevices. If you see long lines of black dots, this may be a sign of bed bug excrement.
2. Blood Stains
Bed bugs feast on blood, although their bites are so mild that it is unlikely that you would feel it while you sleep. One telltale sign that you are being bitten by bed bugs may be the presence of unexplained blood specks on your sheets.
3. Musty Smell
Bed bugs excrete a musty smell that some humans may be able to pick up on. If you notice the sudden onset of an unexplained musty smell in your bedroom, it made be a sign of bed bugs.
4. Bed Bug Bites
Although it can be tempting to rely on bite evidence as a tell-tale sign of a bed bug infestation, try to resist the urge to jump to conclusions at the sight of a bite. The reason for this is that bed bug bites can resemble other common sources of biting, such as spiders or mosquitoes. They can even resemble rashes or pimples. That being said, bed bug bites usually appear in a cluster of three or more (often somewhat disturbingly called “breakfast, lunch, dinner”). If you favor one side while you sleep, you may notice that bites appear on one side of your body more than another.
5. The Sight of a Bed Bug
It is a common misconception that bed bugs are minuscule beings that you cannot see with the naked eye. While this may be true of some very young bed bugs, the average adult is about the size of an apple seed—very visible. While they usually come out at night more often than not (that’s when their food source—you— is sleeping), they certainly are known to walk around during the day occasionally. And if you spot one, there is never just one. You have an infestation.
Pest Control Services in Vancouver
If you have followed these techniques and made the unfortunate discovery that you do in fact have bedbugs, you need to get in contact with a pest control company. Atlas Pests are the experts in bed bug extermination in Vancouver—reach out to us today to see how we can help you eliminate these fickle pests from your life.