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The Common Bed Bugs Signs and Symptoms

Last Update: 26.07.2018

After a considerable decline in their population, the recent years marks the comeback of one of the most annoying household pests there are – the bed bugs. It is never a pleasure to meet some of those tiny creatures in your home. What makes things even worse is the fact that bed bugs are really hard to get rid of.

Bed Bug Nymph Feeding

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Thus, you should start looking for the common signs and symptoms of a bed bug infestation the moment you start to suspect that there is one present in your home. This would allow you to quickly make use of the excellent bed bug treatment which Panther Pest Control provides.

Fecal Spots & Exoskeletons

Faecal spots are one of the easiest ways to tell that your bedding is infested by bed bugs. The insects leave small very dark red to black marks (which is indeed the blood they have fed on) on the bed sheets and the mattress. They are no bigger than a pinprick and resemble spots left by a pen. We’ve also mention fecal spots from bed bugs in our post about Bed Bugs Facts & Myths.They are usually grouped in certain areas, used by bed bugs for hiding. In addition, as bed bugs grow and develop they shed their past exoskeletons. So it is also very likely that in areas with faecal matter you may also find exoskeletons. Look for such signs in these most common bed bug hiding places:

  • Under or around mattresses, especially around fabric folds;
  • Bed boards and frames;
  • Electric outlets near beds;
  • Floor, wall or wallpaper and furniture cracks;
Bed Bug Feces in Electric Outlet

Photo via flickr by Kelly Mercer

Bed Bug Infestation Odour

The distinctive smell of a well-sized bed bug infestation is commonly described as the odour of rotting raspberries. Other describe it as the smell of coriander or acidic marzipan. This is another reason why dogs are very commonly used to spot bed bug infestations, because of their superior sense of smell.

However, this distinctive odour isn’t typical for every bed bug infestation, rather only symptomatic to big sized infestations hosting a large bedbug population.

Blood Spots

Since bed bugs are notorious bloodsuckers, another way to tell that your household has become a safe haven for them is the blood spots left on your bed. A bed bug is a night creature and it would attack you during your sleep. It is highly unlikely that you would feel the bite, but it is possible to smash a bug or two while turning around in your sleep or while you are scratching the place where you have been bitten.

Side of mattress with bed bugs

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Skin Rash

If you wake up in the morning and find signs of a bed bug bite on your skin – this usually manifests itself as a red rash or several big bumps – check your sheets, pillow covers and mattress for signs of bed bugs. Be warned that not all people react to bed bugs’ bites, so even if your house is infested and you get sucked on a regularly basis, there is no guarantee that you would get a rash.

Sometimes it’s easy to mistake bed bug bites for flea or mosquito bites. However, there is a difference between fleas and bed bugs, and a difference between the bites of a mosquito and a bed bug and you should know what bugs you have.

Insect bites vary and are often similar symptomatically, so if you are unsure about the nature of the bite be sure to check out our guide on identifying common insect bites.

Arm with a bed bug skin rash

Photo via flickr by japharl

Search for Them

Bed bugs, though visible to the naked eye, are very hard to spot due to their nocturnal nature. Their bodies do not grow bigger than five millimetres and they are as thin as a piece of paper. Pull your bed apart, lift up the mattress and check underneath. If there is a place that bed bugs hide for sure, this would be it – after all, they try to be as close to their food as possible.

How do bed bugs spread in your home?

Keep in mind that bed bugs are hitchhikers. This means that if you want to move to sleep to another room, you are incredibly likely to spread the infestation to the other rooms in your house. It is a common mistake that people do when they realise that something is biting them in their sleep, or after they realise that it’s bed bugs. If you suspect that you have an infestation or have seen the above-listed signs of a bed bugs infestation, call a professional pest control company and keep sleeping in your bedroom while waiting for a treatment.

If the thought grosses you out, you can try and prevent being bitten from the bugs. See how you can prevent bed bug bites in your home.

In case of a severe bed bug infestation, more than one treatment will be necessary. Your local pest controllers will explain everything to you.

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