According to the survey conducted by the NPMA (National Pest Management Association), the places where pest professionals often encounter bed bugs are hotels/motels, apartments/condominiums, and single-family homes. However, they can also be found in other places such as hospitals, college dorms, office buildings, nursing homes, schools, and daycare centers. Bed bugs can cause a lot of stress; people are grossed out at the idea of bugs sucking their blood. Most people are unsure how to tell if they have bed bugs. This article will provide four telltale signs that you have bed bugs.
A Musty Odor
Bed bugs often hide during the day and feed at night. However, one obvious sign of bed bugs is the scent in your home. If your house has a musty odor, then you might have bed bugs. The odor comes from pheromones released by the bugs. A strong odor could indicate a large infestation.
Blood on Your Sheets
Blood on your sheets is another sign. The blood comes from smashing the bugs as you sleep at night. This can lead to a blood spot on your skin, pajamas, or bed linen.
Evidence on Your Mattress
Bed bugs will often leave stains on your mattress, especially on the corners of a mattress. The staining comes from their reddish-brown carcasses.
Itchy Bite Marks
The most obvious sign of bed bugs is the itchy marks they leave on your skin. If you have pale skin, the marks appear red. Light swelling on the skin is also common.
Learning to recognize the signs of an infestation is the first step to extermination. As stated above, a musty odor in your home, bite marks on your skin, and stains on your mattress and sheets are signs of an infestation. Contact Pest Solutions Termite & Pest Control to help you treat bed bugs in your home.