Have bed bugs? Or worried you might? Here's what you need to know.
What Do Bed Bugs Look Like?
Adult bed bugs range from red to brown and are approximately the size of an apple seed. Juvenile bed bugs are often clear and no larger than a pinhead, making them extremely difficult to spot. Regardless of age, bed bugs become darker and more swollen as soon as they feed.
What Do Bed Bug Bites Look Like?
Red and extremely irritating, bed bug bites are usually found on the parts of the body that are exposed while we sleep, such as the arms, legs, neck, and face. Bed bug bites are often grouped together in rows or clusters. It’s not always easy to identify a bed bug bite: mosquitoes, chiggers and flea bites all look similar and are commonly confused with bed bug bites.
However, not everyone reacts the same to bed bugs. In fact, some show almost no symptoms at all after a bite. For this reason, bites are not always an accurate way to identify a bed bug infestation. Instead, you need to check for the common signs of a bed bug infestation.
What Are the Signs of a Bed Bug Infestation?
Bed bug infestations spread quickly, so it’s important that you identify and treat them as quickly as possible.
Start by checking your bedroom, including nearby furniture and linens. Bed bugs are very difficult to find, so we advise searching slowly using a flashlight. Check every nook and cranny, fold, and seam. Here's what to look for:
- The signs of the bed bug molting process. Typically looks like yellowish-white fragments of skin.
- Bed bug fecal matter, usually looks like dark brown or black markings on sheets.
- Small, yellow or white bed bug eggs. Sometimes these are too small to see with the naked eye.
- Bed bug bodies. Small, white-colored nymphs, and larger brown adults.
How Do You Get Bed Bugs?
Bed bugs do not discriminate and can infect anyone. They can be picked up from almost anywhere, such as a friend or family member’s home, your workplace, a used clothing shop, even your local gym.
Traveling, however, is the most common way people get bed bugs. Hotels and motels are convenient breeding grounds for bed bugs. It’s simple: a couple bed bugs climb into your suitcase, you unknowingly bring them back home, and the next thing you know you have a full-blown bed bug problem.
What to Do if You Have Bed Bugs
At Cedar Oil Industries, we recommend only non-toxic, naturally sourced methods for getting rid of bed bugs, with fogging being the easiest, quickest, and most affordable treatment. If you suspect that you have bed bugs, you need to act fast before the infestation spreads. The longer you wait to treat a bed bug problem, the more expensive it usually becomes. For step-by-step help solving your bed bug problem, call us at 210-599-0449 or visit cedaroilstore.com
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