Bed bugs can scare any family member from little kids to grown adults. They are never a fun issue to have and finding it early on eliminates the chances before an infestation occurs. Dealing with a minor infestation is more affordable and less time-consuming than a more widespread infestation. Detecting the presence of bed bugs in your home is a little more challenging than you’d expect. A visual inspection is rarely reliable unless it’s performed by an expert. These insects may be mistaken for other summer bugs too. Knowing the signs of bed bugs, where they tend to hide, and their habits will allow you to find the issue early on. Your family, pets, and wallet will thank you if are able to detect a bed bug infestation in the early stages.

Signs of Bed Bugs

Looking for physical Indications of bed bugs when you are cleaning your room or washing your bedding will allow you to identify any possible infestations.

  • Stains that are reddish or rust-colored, like dried blood, on your bed sheets or mattresses. These may occur if you crush a bed bug in your sleep.
  • Clusters of small dark spots that smear when you wipe them with a wet rag, the waymarkers do. They are about the size of a period punctuation mark. Grossly enough these spots are the fecal matter expelled by bed bugs.
  • Tiny eggs or eggshells in your bedding.

What Does a Bed Bug Look Like?

3d rendered medically accurate illustration of a bed bug on human skin

Bed bugs are wingless with flat, oval-shaped bodies. They are typically brown but may seem reddish if they’ve fed recently. Adult bed bugs are 4-5mm in size by the time they’re fully grown, while nymphs are smaller and paler. Homeowners sometimes have the misconception that bed bugs are too small to see with the naked eye. The nymphs may be small and difficult to see, but the adults are detectable with the naked eye and may be found in the cracks and crevices they use to hide. The critters are often described as being about the size and shape of an apple seed.

Hiding Spots

Bed bugs tend to hide in well-protected areas of your home when they aren’t feeding, which is why low-level infestations often go unnoticed. These tiny insects can get into even the thinnest cracks around your mattress and box spring. You may find bed bugs in these areas:

  • Cracks or joints in drawers
  • Seams or tags on the mattress
  • Cracks in headboard
  • Between cushions, or in the seams of couches and chairs
  • In electrical receptacles and appliances.
  • Corners or edges of ceilings and walls

Bed Bug Habits

Understanding the habits bed bugs have will make it easier for you to find an infestation. How they eat and reproduce will allow you to get rid of the pests.

Feeding: Bed bugs usually come out to feed at night, but will also seek a meal in daylight if they’re hungry. It can anywhere from 3 to 12 minutes for bed bugs to feed, and large nymphs or adults will often drop feces from earlier blood meals while feeding.

Life Cycle: The annoying bugs have 6 life stages, and they need a minimum of one blood meal to move from one to the next. They also shed skin at each stage and may feed more than once between stages. Under favorable conditions, the lifecycle from egg to egg takes around 4-5 weeks.

Living Conditions: Bed bugs can survive and remain active at temperatures as low as 7°C (46°F). Heat is often used for bed bug treatment, but it only works if the room is heated beyond 113°F and the temperature is sustained long enough to reach into their hiding places.

Who to Call if you Have Bed Bugs

At Boo’s, we understand how annoying and gross dealing with bed bugs is. After a long day at work, it is never fun to worry about sharing your bed with a pest. If you have found bed bugs or are having difficulty identifying the bugs, call us at Boo’s Bug Stoppers to have a trusted pest control professional alleviate your stress.

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