Do you lay awake at night worrying about bed bugs? Well, this article is just for you. Over the past 15-20 years, there has been a huge uptick in bed bug infestations affecting towns and cities all across the world. People are traveling more (well, not during the pandemic, of course), and because of high living costs, flat-sharing has become the norm. Knowing the signs of a bed bug infestation will certainly allow you to take action earlier and get rid of them for good.
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How Did I Get Bed Bugs In The First Place?
Unfortunately, bed bugs are one of the easiest pests to pick up but one of the most difficult to eradicate. They can attach themselves to your clothes and are found in common places like restaurants, cinemas and even on public transport. So, think about it next time you get home and throw your belongings on your bed because this is the easiest way they will get comfy.
How to Identify a Bed Bug Infestation?
Now, to the juicy bit (and the part you are here for!). Firstly, the bad news. Bed bugs are incredibly difficult to spot, especially during the early stages of an infestation. Often, people have no evidence whatsoever that they are sharing their bed with these unwanted critters. However, there are some warning signs to look out for should you have any concerns. Alternatively, you can get a 2nd opinion by calling a local pest control company.
A Bad Smell
A sign of bed bug infestation is a musty, damp smell in your bedroom. Just be aware many pests can cause bad smells, so it might not just be bed bugs causing it. The smell might or might not be limited to just your bed and could come from anything in your room, such as your furniture. Those who have experienced bed bugs in the past have likened the smell to a wet dog. As a general rule of thumb, the stronger (and grimmer) the smell, the bigger problem you have.
Blood on Your Bed Sheets
Bed bugs are attracted to humans for a few reasons, including our body heat and blood. In fact, bed bugs rely on human blood as their main food source, which is the only reason they bite us. So, the biggest indicator that you have an infestation is waking up in the morning to find small blood stains on your bedsheets. Don’t be alarmed; however, they are not going to drain you of all your blood. In fact, the stains could either be caused by them biting you, or it could actually be you squashing them whilst you rest. Of course, we fully get that it is a grim thing to imagine but knowing this sign is important if you are concerned about bed bugs.
Regular and/or Sudden Lack of Sleep
This is more of an extension of the previous point we have just discussed. Sometimes bed bug rashes can get so irritating that it can affect your sleep. In combination with our above points, a poor night’s sleep can be a strong indicator that you have a bed bug issue that needs eliminating as soon as possible.
Eggs, Exoskeletons, and Excrement
Equally as unpleasant as waking up and finding blood, seeing brown stains on your bed sheets could be a sign that you have a bed bug infestation. These brown stains could be bed bug excrement (sorry, we didn’t mean to make you feel sick). It could also be bed bug skin as their bodies are made up of exoskeletons rather than bones. You might also notice eggs that are white and normally placed in clusters on your bedsheets. These can be incredibly hard to find and could go unnoticed unless you look very carefully.
Time For Bed Bug Treatment
If what we have discussed today gets your alarm bells ringing, you can either try to treat the infestation yourself or call in the experts. If you want peace of mind knowing they are gone, we of course, recommend the latter. A professional company will use all of the latest and effective methods to fully cleanse your home of these pesky creatures so your life can get back to normal in a flash.