Bed bugs infestations are on the rise worldwide and it can be incredibly tricky to spot. They however leave some distinct trails that you can identify to be sure.
Don’t be too discouraged, by the presence of bed bugs because they can happen in even the cleanest homes. Anyone can get bed bugs in their home. They are not a sign of uncleanliness as all they need to survive is blood. You can find them everywhere, from million dollar homes to public housing.
Here are a number of subtle signs that you should look out for just to be sure of whether you have a looming infestation in your house.
You Have Brownish Red Stains On Your Sheets
While this seems gross, bed bugs can leave clusters of their poop on sheets, and these clusters can be how to know if you have bed bugs.
If you find small stains that smear when wiped with a wet rag, it might be evidence of bed bug fecal matter. If you find this alongside mattress seams or box spring edges, you might have a bed bug problem.
You Bought Secondhand Furniture Without Washing It
While they may be cheap, secondhand furniture can invite unwanted pests like bed bugs into your home. It is recommended that you thoroughly inspect any furniture that comes into your home for bugs before agreeing to purchase it.
Some Of Your Friends Have Had Bed Bugs
Bed bug infestations can spread from home to home, especially in apartment buildings where they don’t have far to travel. If you know someone who has had a bed bug problem, be safe and check your home for intruders.
You Have Small, Itchy Bites on your Body
Bed bugs can leave small itchy and inconsistent bites on your body. If you’ve found clusters of bites, especially if they are in straight lines of three, you may want to consider checking for bed bugs.
Some people however, won’t show any signs of being bitten by bed bugs. People may have bed bugs and not know it because many people have no physical reaction to bed bug bites which is why it is important for people everywhere to inspect for bed bugs regularly.
Dark Stains On Your Bedsheets
Because bed bugs are messy, they can leave behind small stains in places they’ve lived. If you find any odd stains on your pillowcases, bed sheets or furniture, inspect them immediately.
You Stay In Hotel Rooms Frequently
Hotel rooms are one of the major ways through which bed bugs spread. If you use hotel rooms frequently, you may want to consider using the S.L.E.E.P. method often to inspect for bed bugs.
The method involves surveying the hotel room for infestation signs, checking the bed before you use it, and examining luggage when repacking.
Bed Bug Skin Flakes On Your Clothes or Bed
Skin flakes from bed bugs are one of the signs of a looming infestation and they are usually small, brown, and oval. If you find any of these small casings around your home, you might have bed bugs.
You Check Your Bed Only
Despite their name, bed bugs can thrive in multiple locations outside of a bed. A 2015 “Bugs Without Borders Survey” by the National Pest Management Association, found out that nearly all (99.6 percent) of pest professionals in the US have treated bed bugs in the past year, and many of these cases did not involve beds at all.
If you’re looking for bed bugs, check the seams of chairs and couches, drawer joints, and areas of loose wallpaper too.