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Jan. 12, 2022, 4:20 p.m.
Waking up with itchy skin and a reddish rash is not a guarantee of bed bug presence in your home. You might as well have developed an allergic reaction, infection, or even a mosquito bite. Bed bug bites come with different symptoms, some of which include sores, irritation, and itchiness. To identify a possible bug invasion, you will have to be extremely keen because they are typically tiny, move exceedingly fast, and are skilled at the game of hide-and-seek.
Bed bugs are notoriously difficult to notice, and unfortunately, a lot of its victims hardly notice their presence in their homes until the infestation is extensive. Closely watch out for each of the signs provided below to identify a new risk of invasion accurately.
Once bed bugs have infested, they will, in most cases, leave behind blood stains on your bed clothing: mattresses, pillows, comforter, blankets, and sheets. Is so because bed bugs usually feast on your blood once you are fast asleep, blood may continue to ooze from the bitten area for some time, or you may even squash a bedbug as you roll over in your sleep leaving behind spots of blood.
Stains resulting from these bites are noticeable on light-colored bedclothes. Often, these stains appear tan or brown, and in infrequent instances, they may appear red. These are some of the highest characteristic signs of bed bugs.
Bed bug drooping is very distinguishable from that of other insects. It is composed of digested blood, and it is impossible to pick it as it soaks into the sheets. This insect is fond of leaving its poop everywhere from your bedding to your sofa cushions. These spots are tiny (size of a little ink stain), round-shaped and flat.
This poop appears as a rusty dark or sometimes brown stain that is easy to confuse with dirt. It is also easy to smear it while wet. Mostly, you will encounter poop nearby where they have harbored either under the mattresses, folded corners of the mattress, or in the splits on your bed frame and headboard.
Bed Bugs are blood-sucking insects with an exoskeleton. Like many other insects, the exoskeleton does not grow, and it has to be shed off for the insect's body to produce. The skin that has been shed off is called a shell. Usually, these shells look precisely like a living bed bug. The presence of these empty shells or casings may be a positive signal of bed bugs in your home.
Bed bug eggs, as well as their empty eggshells, are a huge sign of a growing generation of the bug population in your home. Usually, the eggs have an outer shell while their inside has a fluid-like form. It is softshell that you can easily crush with your hands. Identifying a bed bug egg is accessible on a colored surface or material. They are tiny, sticky, and white.
The scent glands of a bed bug produce a stale odor, often characterized as smelling like coriander. A potential sign of bed bug invasion in your home would be the presence of a very unpleasant and musty smell like that of dirty or damp shoes or clothes. During the early phases of bed bug invasion, this smell may be mild, but as they continue to increase, the scent becomes increasingly unpleasant.
This must be one of the very definite warnings that your house is at the risk of a bed bug invasion. Usually, they hide during the daytime and only come to suck on a victim's blood at night. They are typically very tiny insects that can be seen by the naked human eye. They have oval and flattened bodies, with small eyes, and antennae, and rusty red color. They have no wings and cannot fly. Once they have sucked blood, they significantly increase in size. Identifying bed bugs in your home may be a hideous and demanding task because, with their flattened bodies, they can fit into very tiny cracks and crevice.
Bed bugs prefer to dwell only a few steps from a victim's bed since they suck on blood when one is deep in sleep. Once done feasting on you, they crawl back to their hiding place so you'll hardly spot them. Even more disturbing is that its victims can develop an allergy due to the bites, and in extreme cases, they can be a cause of anemia, asthma, and blistered skin eruptions.
Maintaining a clean house does not reduce the bed bug invasion risk because they can live for a very long time without any food. Therefore, it's always very advisable to call an expert to help you accurately identify bed bugs, eradicate them, and ensure no chances of future re-infestation. Many DIY methods have unfortunately proven ineffective, and these insects are very resistant to any incorrect application of pesticides, which only makes them mutate.