How Do I Know If I Have Bed Bugs?

    If you’re worried that you might have a bed bug infestation on your hands, there are a few things you can do to determine if that is the case before moving on with the necessary steps to eliminate the problem.

    If you actually see a bug, try to capture it. Gently place a piece of scotch tape over the insect and then tape it onto a piece of paper. Your pest management professional can take a look at it later and let you know if the little critter is indeed a bed bug.

    If you haven’t seen or been able to capture a bug, one sign you can look for is the presence of itchy bite marks on your body. They look very much like mosquito welts, but only appear on certain individuals who are allergic to the salivary gland injection made by a bed bug. This means that one person may show these bites, while their partner sleeping in the same bed may not.

    Another sign to look for is the presence of dark fecal spots. These are partially digested dried blood and can be present on your body, clothing, bed linens, mattress, walls, or pretty much any place where you might expect bed bug activity.

    Bed bug scent glands will also emit a sickly sweet odor when the infestation is very large. The absence of this odor does not rule out an infestation, but can help you identify one.

    These are all things that a pest management professional will look for when evaluating a possible bed bug problem, but they can also help you determine for yourself whether you are dealing with bed bugs or some other insect. If you do have an infestation on your hands, do not despair! There are many non-invasive means to fight back and still keep your belongings.

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