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Bed bugs are one of the most dreaded pests, and it’s easy to understand why. These minuscule bugs are a nuisance and can be hard to not only locate, but exterminate as well. Reports of bed bug infestations have been on the rise since 2004, and the bed bug population is rapidly increasing. The following article lists some basic information that can help identify a bed bug infestation.
Symptoms of bed bug bites
Bed bugs feed exclusively on blood, generally at night, and bites are an indication that an infestation has taken hold. At first, these bites can take on the appearance of other kinds of insect bites, such as those from mosquitoes. Bed bug bites can cause a person to experience itchy rashes, hives, or welts. For the most part, bites can be found on parts of the body that remain exposed while sleeping, such as the neck, arms, and upper body. Bites typically are arranged in a zigzag pattern.
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Physical indications of bed bugs
Infestations can be more accurately identified by examining bed or furniture for physical signs left behind by bed bugs. The following things found on the fabric surfaces of beds or furniture may help indicate an infestation:
- Rusty or reddish stains, which result from bed bugs being crushed.
- Tiny eggs and eggshells. If seen, eggshells are typically a pale yellow color.
- Dark spots that are a little bigger than the size of a period, which is excrement.
- And of course, the clearest indication of an infestation is finding the live bed bugs themselves.
Bed bug hiding places
If the physical signs of bed bugs aren’t immediately seen, it’s best to look in the piping, seams, and tags of a mattress or piece of furniture. Cracks on a bed frame or headboard as well as box springs are favorite hiding spots for bed bugs. It’s important to remember that bed bugs are generally nocturnal, so it can be difficult to find evidence during the day. Your best chance of finding bed bugs is to search for them during the evening when they are most active.
Bed bug infestation treatment
Treating bed bugs is notoriously difficult. Bed bugs can survive both low and high temperatures, are known to hide in small spaces, and they can live almost anywhere their hosts live. If you have noticed the signs or symptoms of bed bugs, you’re almost certainly going to need professional help to get rid of them. Eliminating bed bugs can be complex, and also requires the use of high heat or chemicals. At Ehrlich Pest Control, formerly Connor’s, we have the knowledge and resources to get rid of bed bugs effectively and permanently. We are proud to use eco-friendly methods that are safe for your family. Call our team today for more information!Back to Bed Bug Exterminators, Control & Removal
Signs & Symptoms of Bed Bugs in Virginia
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