How do I know if I’ve got bed bugs?
I see a bug
If possible, capture the insect. Take a piece of scotch tape and gentle place on top of the insect. Then place the scotch tape with insect onto a piece of paper. You can then put this in a envelope and give to your Pest Management Professional when they arrive for an inspection.
Bite marks on body
Some people are allergic to the salivary gland injection made by a bed bug and thus show “mosquito” like welts on their body where the insect has fed.
No visible bite marks on body
Not everyone is allergic to the bed bug salivary gland excretion, therefore, one person may show signs while a partner sleeping in the same bed at the same time shows no signs on their body, when in fact the bug has fed on them too.
Spotting on bed linens and mattress/box spring, etc
Bed bugs many times will defecate while feeding and thus leave dark fecal spots, (which are partially digested blood) on their host, mattresses, clothing, bedding, walls, ceiling and every place you can imagine in a room.
Odor in room
When an infestation is particularly large, the scent glands on the insect emit a “sickly sweet” odor. Do not use this as the only means of determining if bed bugs exist. The absence of this odor does not indicate there is no infestation.
Why should I be concerned about bed bugs?
- Bed bugs are parasites that feed on the blood of certain animals and people.
- Bed bugs typically bite people on the head and neck, but will also bite bare arms, torso, hands and legs.
- If you have as few as 40 bed bugs in your home, it is possible for them to reproduce to about 6,000 bugs in six months if there is sufficient food….you.
- The insect is easily spread and as such control becomes more difficult or sometimes impossible if left unchecked.
- Bed bugs have been discovered to harbor 28 different human pathogens, but fortunately, the transmission of these diseases to people has not been demonstrated.