All About Bed Bug- Signs of an Infestation and How to Remove Them

All About Bed Bug- Signs of an Infestation and How to Remove Them

A bed bug infestation can be an extremely overwhelming and uncomfortable situation. The more quickly a bed bug infestation is detected, the easier the removal process will be. Here are some simple ways to determine if your bedroom has become infested with bed bugs and ways to utilize commercial pest management or extermination services.

Ways to Determine if you Have a Bed Bug Infestation at Home

Adult bed bugs are brown in color and about the size of an apple seed. They are entirely nocturnal and can be best seen at night, as opposed to young bed bugs (or nymphs) which are sometimes translucent and cannot be seen with the naked eye. An easy way to look for signs of a bed bug infestation is to check around wood framing in the room (around bed baseboards, closet doors, and in personal belongings). Additionally, bed bugs often leave behind feces and exoskeletons that can be seen at all times of day, and are typically found at the base of the bed or near feeding areas.

The Bed Bug Bite

Bed bug bites can be difficult to detect because they can often be mistaken for mosquito bites due to their size and relative itchiness. Additionally, some individuals may be impervious to the bites and may not react at all. Oftentimes bed bug bites are raised, red welts that cause burning and itching. The individual can develop a bed bug bite rash that can spread across the infected area, and sometimes bites can be seen in straight lines across the body. Additionally, bites can form in clusters and will pop up after the individual has slept in an infested area (ie. the bed).

How to Remove Bed Bugs

Removing a bed bug infestation can be a difficult task. The best way to stop a bed bug infestation is by hiring a commercial pest exterminator that will access the degree of infestation. All bedding must be cleaned and dried on the highest dryer setting. Additionally, use a brush to scrub down mattresses and vacuum them. Some mattresses may need to be thrown away if the infestation has gone too far and an exterminator can help guide you in the process. Additionally, you must repair any cracks in plaster. An exterminator can help remove bed bugs in the rest of your home to ensure that the infestation will not spread.

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