Are There Bed Bugs In My Wilmington Home?

July 5, 2021

Bed bugs can be difficult to detect. When these insects get into your Wilmington home, you're not likely to see them crawling around. Their behavior patterns and habitat preferences keep them out of sight. You might think that this isn't a big deal because you'll know you have bed bugs when you start finding bites on your skin in the morning. We have bad news for you. Bed bug bites can also be difficult to detect and identify. Let's dig into this topic and discuss some ways you can figure out what's biting you.

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Why Is It Difficult To See Bed Bugs?

There are many biting insects that can get into your home. Most of them will let you know it. Mosquitoes will make an annoying sound as they fly around in the air. Fleas will spring from the floor or hop around on your couch. Ants will crawl on your floors and walls. But bed bugs don't do any of these things. They are wired to stay hidden. Here are a few traits that help bed bugs avoid being seen and what you can do to detect them.

They like tight spaces. When bed bugs get into your bed, furniture, luggage, book bags, and other places, they tuck themselves into the seams and creases. Use a probing tool to dig into those spaces and look for shed skins, white eggs, or these bugs hiding from view.

They like voids. When bed bugs hide inside your mattress, box spring, bed frame, furniture, and home, you may be able to detect them by looking for black streaks, specks, or stains.

They're nocturnal. A bed bug will come out at night to bite you. While this makes them difficult to detect, you may be able to tell that you are getting bitten by bed bugs by inspecting your sheets, pillowcases, and bedding for dried blood stains or black excrement stains. 

Why It Can Be Difficult To Identify Bed Bug Bites

Okay. Let's talk about those bites. You might think that it is easy to tell that you have bed bugs in your Wilmington home because you'll wake up with bites. This can happen, but it is more of the exception than the rule. It can take hours or even days for your skin to have an allergic reaction to the anticoagulant in bed bug saliva. That means you won't wake up with visible bites. They'll be there; you just won't see them. It is only later when they become raised bumps and have a rash around them that they become noticeable. This can make you think you're getting bitten by an outdoor bug rather than these indoor bugs. Do you see the problem?

Ways To Tell That Your Bites Are Bed Bug Bites

  • One bed bug will often feed three times.

  • If five bugs bite you, you'll probably have fifteen bites. That's a lot of bites for a small number of bugs.

  • Since each bed bug bites more than once, the bites aren't going to look random on your skin. They'll look like a line, zig-zag, or path.

  • Bed bugs feed in the same general location. You won't wake up with bites all over.

  • Bed bugs tend to bite skin that is exposed during sleep.

  • Bed bugs tend to bite toward the neck and face because they are attracted to carbon dioxide.

Bed Bugs In Wilmington

Do you have a bed bug problem? If so, and you live in Wilmington North Carolina, contact Bug-N-A-Rug Exterminators. Our team has the experience, training, and certifications to address your bed bug problem. You don't have to let the bed bugs bite. Reach out to us for immediate assistance.

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