How To Know If You Have Bed Bug Bites
Bite marks are usually the first sign that a person has a bed bug issue. The individual bites are similar to mosquito bites although there are a few differences that should help you distinguish between those coming from mosquitoes and those coming from bed bugs.
Like mosquito bites, bed bug bites leave small red bumps which can cause significant itching. The bites themselves are painless (many people have no response to bites at all), but the results can be troubling both physically and mentally. Unlike mosquito bites, bed bug bites tend to come in clusters. Some bed bug issues can result in a number of clustered bites being present. In addition, the itching and swelling from bed bug bites may take a few days to appear.
For especially bad reactions to bed bugs, it may be worthwhile to consult your doctor. This may give you a better idea if it may be bed bugs, but will not tell you for sure in most cases. Bite marks can be troubling, but they cannot confirm that your home has a bed bug issue.
Signs of Their Presence
If you suspect that you may be dealing with a bed bug issue, take a look around the bed area and other crevices around the room. Bed bugs tend to leave significant signs of their presence so it is more likely that you will see blood or fecal stains than it is you will see an actual bugs.
These stains are black in color and come up in clusters of small dots. Test kits exist (bed bug blue) so that you can determine if the marks you see are actually the result of bed bugs or if they came from something else.
You may also see eggs or discarded skins. Both are flaky substances. The bed bug egge look like small white ovals.
Seeing the Bugs
The best way to know if your residence has bed bugs is to actually see a bed bug. Bed bugs tend to be most active at night keeping mostly to cracks and crevices around a room, so it can be difficult to spot them during the day The bugs are small and flat in shape and rusty brown in color. They cannot fly or jump and move about the same speed as ants (some larger adult bed bugs are quite fast).
If you have treated your home for bugs and want to confirm that the steps you took were successful one of the best ways to do so is to use climbup insect interceptors, which traps bed bugs around bed posts. If you have taken the appropriate steps to fight bed bugs, your bed should only come in contact with the floor via the bed’s posts or wheels making those the only places where bed bugs can climb in. Interceptors are small plastic devices that are placed around the posts. When bugs try to climb up, the pesticide used on the interceptor kills the bugs. You will know you are bed bug free when the bed bugs no longer show up in the interceptor.
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