Do you wake up in the morning with raised, reddish welts on your skin? If so, you may be having an allergic reaction to a laundry detergent or a cosmetic product, but the small, raised places on your body could also indicate something that is for more sinister: a bed bug infestation.
Early Indicators of Bed Bugs
Bed bugs are small, brownish insects that receive sustenance by sucking blood from their hosts. If you have bed bugs in your home, the hosts will be you, other occupants in the home, and your pets. However, because bed bugs tend to operate nocturnally, their presence in a home often goes unnoticed until the infestation progresses to reach a fevered pitch.
The sooner you recognize that you have a bed bug problem, the sooner you can have us use our bug services solutions to remove the problem. If you notice any of the indicators below, contact us immediately at (314) 732-1413 to schedule a free examination of your residence.
Other Occupants Experience Bites
Because bed bugs tend to spread throughout a residence instead of limiting their operations to a single room, everyone in an infested house typically ends up receiving bites from the insects. If you are the only one who experiences what seem to be bed bug bites, the problem may indeed stem from an allergic reaction. However, if other occupants in the home consistently experience the same itchy skin reactions as you, the presence of bedbugs is likelier to be the cause.
Fecal Tracks on Bedding and Furniture
Bed bugs often leave dark fecal tracks on bedding and furniture. Some homeowners mistakenly think that the tracks are dark mold, but the tracks often occur in places where conditions are not ideal for mold growth, such as between dry mattresses and boxsprings, on dry furniture that is exposed to consistent airflow, and on dry wall surfaces that surround a bed. Here is a good example of what bed bug feces looks like when it is deposited on box springs.
Distinctive Odor When Bugs Are Crushed
Some people mistake bed bugs for other types of insects, such as baby roaches or small beetles. However, the difference between these insects and bed bugs becomes clear when the latter are crushed, and emit a distinctive odor that many people describe as smelling like “rotten raspberries”. A bug services specialist can identify bed bugs by the odor they emit when crushed, as well as identify them by appearance and by where they choose to hide.
Bugs Visible in Folds of Bedding Materials
Because they naturally feed nocturnally, bed bugs like to hide in darkened areas when a high level of light is present. In many cases, they choose locations that put them in close contact with their hosts, such as folds and creases in bedding materials. As an infestation proliferates, you are likely to find bed bugs hiding out in places such as pillow cases, under the edge trim of mattresses and in the tightly compressed area between box springs and mattresses.
How Holper’ Bug Services Can Help
If you think that your home contains the beginning of a bed bug infestation, Holper’s Pest & Animal Solutions is here to help. We will perform a thorough inspection of your home and indicate whether bed bugs are present. If they are, we will deploy our bug services solutions to rid you of the problem.
To schedule a free bed bug inspection of your home, call us today at (314) 732-1413, or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. We look forward to helping you create a more enjoyable home!