How Can You Spot Bed Bugs?

by Suzana Mikolova

Ever since we were children, we’ve been hearing about the dangers posed by bed bugs. Unfortunately, many of us didn’t truly believe that there were bed bugs or that they were dangerous. In recent years, people have been looking for pest control service Greenville NC to clear out all size infestations of bed bugs. Don’t fall victim to these annoying and possibly dangerous little creatures. Instead, be vigilant and proactive by learning about bed bugs and how you can spot an infestation.

What Do Bed Bugs Feed On?

The short answer is that bed bugs feed on us. They don’t just sit there and gnaw on our faces like a wild animal. Bed bugs bite and suck the blood from humans and other animals. They tend to only come out at night, but leaving the lights on will not prevent them from coming out or entering your life. Generally, bed bugs only feed on blood every five to ten days. They have an amazing, but scary, ability to live up to one full year without feeding at all. This means they can easily lie in waiting for us to pick them up and take them along with us.

Bed Bugs Know How to Travel

While we won’t be seeing bed bugs driving around anytime soon, these creative little guys know how to hitch a ride with the best of them. Bed bugs spread by grabbing onto our fabrics or chilling in our boxes. It’s easy to simply walk through an area that has bed bugs and bring them home to multiply and infest our homes. This also means used and second-hand items need to be thoroughly examined prior to purchase or bringing into your home. Pay attention to the creases and folds of the fabrics and examine the inside of all boxers as best you can. If you’re in doubt, unpack boxes away from your home to get a closer inspection and keep any pests away.

What to Look For When Inspecting Items

To find bed bugs, you will need to know what they look like. They are little and brownish in color. They can grow to be the size of an apple seed, but may plump up more when feeding or full of blood. When inspecting items and areas, always use a flashlight to get a better look. In your home, you will want to pay special attention to items like mattresses and box springs. These are ideal areas for bed bugs to live and flourish undetected. Lift and flip your mattress, inspecting the seams and folds very carefully.

Signs That You Have Bed Bugs

Bed bugs themselves may be hard to spot, but you may be able to find signs that you have a problem. Look closely for small, reddish spot on your bedding and mattress. Spots may appear dark, almost like an ink stain. Bed bugs have small eggs that appear pale and have a yellowish skin to them.