What Is a Bed Bug infestation?

    Bed bugs do not just come out of thin air.  They are brought into our home, usually by our own or someone else’s luggage or clothing.  So what is your first notion that you may have an infestation?

    Often a person will start with some unidentified bites on their body.  Since bed bug bites start with a venom that causes paralysis to the pain site, recognition of the bite usually comes later.  A person will go to bed feeling fine and then wake up to itchy bites.  However, just waking up to some bites on your body doesn’t accurately identify an infestation.

    Adult bed bugs can be seen by the naked eye.  They are reddish brown in color, wingless and about the size of an apple seed.  Immature bed bugs can also be seen with the naked eye but they are much smaller than the adults and whitish yellow in color, which makes them more difficult to see.

    Another thing to look for would be the bed bugs molted skin.  In order for the bugs to grow, they must shed their skin a total of 5 times, leaving thousands of these skins present in the inner corners of the mattress.

    There are several different places to look for the bugs or their skins.  Those include:

    • Mattress seams
    • Behind head boards
    • In the junction between the ceiling and wall
    • Along baseboards
    • Stuck to personal belongings

    One other thing to look for is fecal spots.  Bed bugs will leave these every 5 days of feeding or so and can be found in the same places as the bed bugs themselves along with the following:

    • Behind pictures
    • At electrical outlets
    • In curtain seams, or gathered around the rod
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