Identifying the Signs & Symptoms of Bed Bugs

Information about bed bug symptoms. Learn how to detect and identify if there are bed bugs signs in the house, including how to recognize bed bug bite symptoms.

Bed bugs are extremely adept at hiding. To find them you will need to know what you are looking for and where to find it. Most of the time it is much easier to look for the signs and symptoms of the bed bug infestation rather then locating the actual bed bugs themselves.

If you suspect there are bed bugs in your house or hotel room, the first tell tale symptoms are usually going to be bites from the bugs. You will notice flat welts or raised red bumps that are often located on the face, neck, back, arms, hands and legs, especially where the skin is exposed during sleep.

To differentiate the bumps and welts from common mosquitoes or flea bites, the bite patterns of bed bugs are usually cluster together in a unique row of three. Experts call it the bed bug's breakfast, lunch and dinner. Another tell-tale symptom is that every morning when you wake up, one would find more bite marks especially if one continues to sleep in the same place or bed. In most cases the bites are extremely itchy and for some individuals, rashes may appear after a few days.

Symptom of a potential bed bug infestation can show up in tiny brown, black spots on the mattresses and bedding. These spots are usually caused by the remnants of fecal matter and crushed bugs. One may also spot small blood stains on the bed sheets that are left behind from dead bed bugs that are crushed from one's turning and tossing during sleep.

Symptoms of eggs and fecal matter of bed bugs
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Some other bed bugs signs will be empty eggshells and their exoskeletons when they go through the molting stage. These will pile up in crevices and cracks of the bedframe or along the seams of the mattress.

When a bed bug infestation becomes severe, the room would start to have a distinctive and unpleasant almond-like scent. This odor is released by the bed bugs' through their scent glands.

If you do not feel you are equipped to handle battling a beg bug infestation on your own you can always hire a professional. Professional exterminators can also conduct inspections to determine if your present or future dwelling has bed bug symptoms. It is vital that you choose a company that is trained and experienced in spotting and stopping bed bug infestation.

Bed bugs like to set up home in areas where human dwell where they can constantly feed on a host. Not only can they be in places of residence but also be found in schools, hotels and departmental stores.

While these establishments are usually trained and up to date on inspecting for signs of bed bugs infestations, not all do their jobs correctly. If you are travelling and is in doubt whether the room you booked has bed bugs, it is best to do a search for the signs yourself. Should you find any bed bug symptoms, you should notify the management immediately to make the necessary arrangements to switch to another room or change to another hotel.

Useful Resources:

Pictures of Bed Bugs -- See and identify what do bed bugs and their bites look like.

Bed Bug Control -- A look at some of the most effective home bed bug control methods to treat, prevent and kill bed bugs permanently.

Hiring An Exterminator -- Need a bed bug exterminator? Find out how to choose a well-trained and licensed professional to provide you with the service you want and deserve!

Bed Bug Mattress Protector -- How to choose a bed bug proof cover that can protect you from bed bug bites.

The Bedbug Registry -- Free, public database to check for bed bug infestation reports before booking a hotel room or renting an apartment.

 

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