Bed bugs are a tremendously irritating pest that not only rob you of sleep and skin health, but can cause some people to suffer mental health issues as their restful sleep is affected. On top of that, bed bugs are a hygiene issue, so everyone dreads them. Unfortunately, it’s possible to pick up bed bugs from areas with a high turnover of people, such as hotels, but they can also be found in regular public settings, furniture or clothing.
If you suspect you have bed bugs, then it’s important to bring in a qualified exterminator to focus on the source of the problem, and to replace any infected possessions like mattresses or sofa cushions you believe to be affected.
But how can you know for sure if you have bed bugs? In this post, we’ll discuss that and more, helping this irritating issues resolve itself as soon as possible. After all, no matter how much those pests insist upon themselves, you deserve to live free without them.
- Bites On Your Skin
Those annoying bed bugs tend to bite, which is why they can give people restless sleep without every truly waking them up. If you notice bites or sores on your skin, especially if it seems others are present when some close up, it’s a good sign that you may have bedbugs. This, of course, will also be supplemented by small blood marks on your sheets.
- Musty Odors In Your Bedroom
Bed bugs often have a musty odor which can be noticeable if you know what you’re looking for. If you ventilate your room but it still smells a little off, no matter how often you swash your sheets or use fabric-cleaning spray, it might be that these bugs are making themselves known.
- Stains On Furnishings
As mentioned above, small blood stains from biting you or family members, or being squashed by your weight, can leave marks on your furnishings, particularly in the crevices where your mattress meets the frame, or under the cushions you sit on. This can be a sign that bed bugs have been present.
- Deeper Inspections
With a little care, you can actually see bedbugs. They are small and flat in scope, but if you check deeper into the folds you may be able to see a few, and certainly observe marks of the infestation. Be sure to use gloves if this is the case, call pest control immediately, and follow any advice they may give you, like wrapping sheets over the infested mattress, and preparing your room to be fumigated or sprayed down. On top of this, you may need to throw out certain clothes, but sometimes a well-informed dry cleaner service may be happy to take them and clean your clothes with their high-heat process that can kill any and all infestation. Inspecting and quarantining any other factors where they could have spread is important. In some cases, a full replacement, like a totally new mattress, will be essential to use.
With this advice, we hope you can resolve this most annoying of pest issues.
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