Tell-Tale Signs of a Bed Bug Infestation
Bed bugs have a knack for standing in the way of anyone getting a good night’s sleep. There are several ways in which bed bugs could have gotten into your home. The worst part is that once they are in, it is quite difficult to kick them out unless you use a bed bug repellant. It is always advisable to carefully check for signs of a bed bug infestation early so that you can take care of it quickly before things get out of hand. Here are a few signs which can help you check for a bed bug infestation:
● Unfamiliar, red and itchy marks on the skin after waking up
If you suspect that you have a bed bug infestation at home, the first thing to do is to closely inspect your body for bed bug bites. They are usually small, raised and red welts in a line or cluster. They will also be itchy and irritating. If you went to sleep with no marks and woke up with them in the morning, chances are that it
was the work of a hungry bed bug. Nighttime is the best time for bed bugs since they will have uninterrupted opportunities to bite a sleeping human or two. While certainly not life-threatening, bed bug bites can cause rashes that can make you feel extremely uncomfortable.
● The unpleasant smell of wet towels around the room
Bed bugs aren’t particularly noisy, but they do let off a specific scent that can help you identify them. When bed bugs release pheromones, they smell strongly like wet towels, which isn’t particularly pleasant. If you have no wet clothes hanging anywhere in your room, but still have your room inexplicably smell like them, it could be an indication that there are a few (or more) bed bugs around.
● Unattractive, brownish stains on pillows and bed covers
If a group of bed bugs makes your bed their home, they will surely leave a lot of stuff around, which you can spot if you look closely. After feeding, bed bugs might vomit undigested blood and also produce fecal matter. You could have crushed a bed bug to a pulp accidentally while moving in your sleep and created a stain too. The good news is that these stains can be visible on your bed linen or pillow and help you spot bed bugs, and the bad news is that they are not attractive to look at in the least. If you want to put this tip to the test, you can try spreading white sheets on your bed so that it will be much easier to spot the stains in the morning.
● Uncommon bug skin residue and eggshells
Apart from the blood and fecal matter, bed bugs can leave behind their empty eggshells, which can be difficult to spot. They also shed their exoskeleton multiple times during their lifetime, and this can also be taken as a sign of a bed bug infestation.
If you manage to spot a live adult bed bug, it is actually a good reason to worry. This is because they can multiply quickly and you will end up with an infestation sooner than you might expect. So it is better to nip it in the bud and stock up on bed bug sprays as soon as you spot a bed bug or any of the signs mentioned.