How To Tell If You Have Bed Bugs

August 15, 2018

Do you suspect you have bed bugs but aren’t really sure? To learn the signs of a bed bug infestation and some helpful tips on how to get rid of them, keep reading!

a bed bug infestation on mattress

Bites are generally the first telltale sign you have bed bugs. These bites will be itchy, red welts that are usually found in clusters or in a zigzag pattern on the skin. The most common areas to find these bites are on shoulders and arms since they are exposed while you are sleeping. These bites can be very irritating and can lead to bleeding and a secondary infection due to excessive scratching.

  • Stains on your bedding and bed clothing. These stains will look like tiny maroon dots that are from blood or digested blood feces.

  • Shed exoskeletons that look like tiny brown ovals can sometimes be found around the edges of beds or on the floor around beds and other furniture.

  • A musty odor in your home. This smell is from the pheromones that bed bugs release, and in the case of a large infestation, this smell will be quite evident.

Live bed bugs can sometimes be seen in mattresses and box springs around the corners and seams. However, don’t stop there. Bed bugs can be found in chairs, sofas, curtains, and carpets as well as under beds, by headboards, and behind furniture and wall hangings. They can also hide in small crevices in walls, baseboards, and switch plates.

Bed bugs are extremely evasive pests and are difficult to eradicate which is why DIY bed bug control attempts often fail. In addition to not being fully effective or guaranteed, these DIY methods will most likely be costly, time-consuming, and may even cause homeowners more stress than before!

Proper treatment from a pest control professional is needed to successfully get rid of bed bugs and nobody in South Carolina does it better than Aiken Pest Control! We can help you confirm an infestation with our bed bug dog inspection, our trained canine inspectors will use their keen sense of smell to sniff out infestations. Once an infestation has been identified, we can use a couple different methods to eliminate these pests depending on the circumstances and your preference.

Our heat treatments can get into spaces that other treatment methods miss and will eliminate every single bed bug in all stages of their development, including the nymphs and eggs. Our heat treatment method is environmentally-responsible, efficient, and guaranteed! Our conventional treatment is comprised of EPA-registered products that focus on common bed bug activity areas. Lastly, our bed bug mattress and box spring encasement can be really helpful to prevent having to throw out your bed bug infested mattress.

Contact us at Aiken Pest Control to find out more about our bed bug control program!

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