Signs of a bed bug problem
Bed bugs can be difficult to identify as they hide in the tiniest cracks and crevices in furniture, on walls and on skirting boards. Bed bugs are often found near their food source, the human host, therefore the prime location of the pests is on bedroom fittings, sofas and chairs.
The pests are nocturnal, and only come out at night to feed. Common signs to look for are:
- Presence of live and dead insects – you may be able to see the insects scurrying along your bed and other pieces of furniture.
- Small rust-coloured spots or stains (insect excrement) on walls on bedding, mattresses, furniture.
- A row of bites on your body often on you the face, neck and arms – exposed areas when you sleep.
- Ting elongated eggs.
- Empty bed bug skins and shells – you may find these if the infestation is extensive. Read here to learn about their life cycle.
Bed Bug Bites
Bed bugs inject saliva into the human flesh as they feed which can cause an allergic reaction. Sensitivity to bed bug bites varies; some people may not react, and an infestation can go on unnoticed. Those allergic to bed bug bites may result in swelling and a red lump around the bite area. While bed bugs are not known for spreading diseases, bites can cause secondary infection from scratching and can even disrupt you sleep!
A single-mated female bed bug in your home can lead to an infestation in less than 10 weeks. Therefore, it is imperative to book a bed bug treatment as soon as you notice any signs of the pests.