How To Tell If You Have Bed Bugs

How to Tell if You Have Bed Bugs

Bed bugs represent one of the most insidious and frustrating pests that can infest a Cincinnati, OH home, commercial space, or apartment complex. However, early detection can make dealing with bed bugs a simpler, less aggravating experience. Below, we'll explain how to tell if you have bed bugs.

Early Infestation

Bed bugs tend to make their homes in furnishings or building elements that have tight, dark spaces. These areas include the seams of mattresses and box springs, cracks in headboards, drawer joints, and loose wallpaper. 

 This characteristic, along with the bed bug's small size, can make bed bugs hard to see. However, bed bugs survive by ingesting blood. The feeding process leaves distinct signs you may notice even in the early stages of an infestation. These include:
  • Dark brown spots near the bed bug's home
  • Raised, irritated bites on exposed skin
  • Reddish stains on upholstery
  • Exoskeletons from the molting process
Bed bug bites often have a distinct appearance. These bites usually appear in lines or other close-set patterns. Many victims experience itching or stinging and raised bumps, this may develop into a rash on sensitive skin.

Advanced Infestation

As an infestation progresses, bed bugs make themselves more comfortable in your home. You'll notice:
  • Reddish-brown, tan or black shed exoskeletons
  • Frequent or widespread new bites
  • Yellow-white eggs or casings
You may even see live bed bugs, especially in the evening or at night. Most physical signs appear near where the bed bugs hide, so look in nooks and crannies before ruling out an infestation. Remember, bed bugs will travel 5 to 20 feet to feed. When bed bugs commute such long distances, they may live in abnormal spaces such as electrical outlets, upholstery folds, and books.

Professional Detection

If you suspect you have bed bugs, contact a professional pest control technician. The longer an infestation has to grow, the more intensive treatment you may need.

Our technicians can evaluate the signs and identify high-risk areas on your property, even when you have a low-level infestation. Don't wait until bed bugs compromise your furnishings, linens, or health. Call Arab Termite and Pest Control at 513-385-3430 for early detection and recommendations tailored to your needs. Say goodnight to the bed bug bite.

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