How Can I Tell If My Wilmington Home Has Bed Bugs?

August 27, 2020

What if we told you that when it comes to bed bugs, your belongings are your worst enemy? It’s true. If you owned nothing, never invited anyone over to your home, and only took the clothing on your back in and out with you, your chances of having a bed bug infestation would drop to almost 0. It’s only because you carry items around with you on a day-to-day basis that bed bugs are given an opportunity to get into your home. To help you understand bed bugs, here is everything you need to know along with some simple tricks you can use to tell if your home has an active bed bug infestation.

a bed bug on light colored fabric

What Bed Bugs Look Like

There is a good chance you have never seen a live bed bug. Some people believe this is because bed bugs are too small to see. The truth is that bed bugs are just really good at hiding. Bed bugs are reddish-brown, oval-shaped, and roughly the size of an apple seed. If you were to wake up in the middle of the night and scour your bed with a light, you might be able to spot one. That is if you have an active infestation. The question is, how can you tell if your home has bed bugs without waking up abruptly in the middle of the night with a flashlight? The answer is simple. Look for the signs they leave behind.

The Signs Bed Bugs Leave Behind

When bed bugs infest homes, they do their best to stay out of sight by hiding when people are awake and only coming out when people have gone to sleep. This behavior makes them extremely difficult to spot. The good news is that bed bugs are sloppy eaters. After feeding, it is common for bed bugs to dribble blood onto sheets and blankets. These blood spots are a great way to tell if you have an active bed bug infestation. 

Another way you can tell if bed bugs are around is if you keep finding bites on your skin after waking up in the morning. These bites will appear several in a row in either a straight line or zig-zag pattern. One thing to mention is that not everyone reacts the same to bed bug bites. Some people have more severe reactions, others have no visible inflammation or redness at all.

Finally, bed bugs can be identified by their fecal droppings. Most commonly, bed bugs will leave their excrement in the crevices of boxsprings and mattresses, however, it is not uncommon to find fecal matter along the trimming, around outlets, and near cracks and crevices throughout the home.

What Harm Can Bed Bugs Cause?

The danger of bed bugs has been debated for over a century. Rumors of bed bugs being able to spread Chagas disease date back as far as 1912, but these rumors weren’t confirmed until recently. Fortunately, Chagas is more common south of our border and is extremely rare within the states. Besides this, the only real problems bed bugs cause are insomnia and anemia, and even these issues only arise when bed bug infestations are severe.

How To Get Rid Of Bed Bugs

If you suspect your home has an active bed bug infestation, there is only one thing you can do. Get the professionals involved. At Bug-N-A-Rug Exterminators, we specialize in identifying and removing bed bugs. We can determine whether your home has an active bed bug infestation and use quick and effective methods to get them out.

All you have to do to get your good night’s sleep back is give us a call. We will take care of the rest.

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