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5 Bed Bug Infestation Signs You Should Look Out For

It’s not just hotels or bed and breakfasts you need to worry about bed bugs when traveling. The little monsters are in offices, schools, homes, and any place people travel and leave for even short amounts of time.

And once you experience a bed bug infestation you will never get a good night’s sleep at hotels or in your own home. Or even worse, you might not even know there are bed bugs in your home, apartment, or hotel room.

So read on below to find the bed bug infestation signs you need to look out for. 

1. Dark Spots

Bed bugs often leave behind dark or reddish stains from their bodily fluids or excreta. These spots are often seen around where the bug has been feeding.

Dark spots may also appear in furniture, baseboards, wallpaper, door and window frames, area rugs, and carpets. And it is not uncommon to see dark spots behind switch plates and electrical outlets.

Seeing the presence of dark spots on your sheets could be an unmistakable sign of an infestation. Look closely at your bedding and do not ignore it.

2. Black Streaks on the Bed

Bed bugs love to hide in the cracks and crevices of mattresses and other furniture, particularly along the seams. Black streaks are a sign that the bed bugs are leaving the area. They tend to leave a trail of blackish-brown droppings as they move around the surface of furniture and bedding.

3. Tiny White-Tan Eggs and Eggshells

Bed bugs use eggshells to protect their eggs, making them difficult to spot with the naked eye. Generally, these eggs measure about a millimeter in length and have a white and semi-transparent appearance. Usually found in beds and mattresses, you may also find clusters of eggs on headboards, walls, and other furniture.

It’s important to look for these signs of bed bug infestations because they can cause health issues and disrupt sleep. They can spread throughout an infested space and prove difficult to get rid of. If you spot or suspect tinny white eggs and eggshells, contact general pest control services before the issue escalates.

4. Musty Odor

Musty odors are usually caused by the combination of the bugs themselves, their eggs, and their excrement. The smell is sweet, like the smell of a wet towel. It can also sometimes smell like rotting fruit or almond extract.

In some cases, the smell might not be particularly overwhelming. But the more bugs that are present, the more powerful the smell will be. 

5. Suddenly Having Itchy Rashes or Bumps

One very common sign of bed bugs that should be taken seriously and monitored is the presence of itchy rashes or bumps on one’s body. These bumps can present as red marks, bumps, and welts which are often very itchy and painful. The bites often appear in a zig-zag pattern and are usually found in groups on exposed areas of the body such as arms, face, neck, and legs. 

Beware of These Bed Bug Infestation Signs

If you notice any of these bed bug infestation signs, it’s important to seek help as soon as possible! Contact your local professional extermination company to combat the infestation. With their help, you can protect your family and home—and reclaim your peace of mind.

Don’t wait until you bed bug problem becomes worse. Take action today!

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