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Identifying Bed Bugs For Plaistow Homeowners

Bed bugs are one of the most intrusive and destructive pests we have. Unlike some home invaders that destroy our property, bed bugs are dangerous to us as well. They feed on our blood and can cause irritating bites to humans.

Once bed bugs take residence in your home, they are tough to eliminate. They come in without an announcement but eventually infest everything. Here are some tips on identifying bed bugs for Plaistow Homeowners.

How To Identify Bed Bugs

Bed bugs are small, brown insects. They are oval-shaped with flat bodies. One bug on its own is unassuming and easy to miss. But when they gather in clumps, it can be much more noticeable that you have a problem.

Bed bugs feed on blood, either of humans or animals. If you have bed bugs in your bed, sofa, or clothing, you probably notice the itchy bites they leave behind. After they have fed, they are swollen and red.

Although bed bugs are unable to fly, they do move around quickly. They rapidly reproduce as well. A female can lay thousands of eggs in her lifetime causing an infestation very quickly.

How Can You Tell If You Have Bed Bugs?

Bed bugs are nearly invisible when they come in, traveling on used furniture, clothing, or luggage after staying in an infested hotel. If you notice any of these things, you may have a problem with bed bugs.

Bites

Most people have the first clue of a bed bug problem when they notice pink bites with a raised sore that itches. Many people are allergic to bed bug bites which can create rashes and make them even itchier. If you notice them, you should see a doctor and get medication to reduce the discomfort.

Odor

Bed bugs have a pheromone they use to signal each other. When this odor is coming from thousands of insects you may notice a musty smell, this can be a sign of infestation. People have also compared the scent to that of the herb coriander.

Stains

If you start seeing dark red spots on your sheets or mattress this can also be an indicator of a bed bug infestation. These spots are crushed bed bugs from when someone sits or lays down on a bed. You may also notice some tiny dark spots caused by the excrement of bed bugs.

Where Do Bed Bugs Hide?

Bed bugs like to hide during the day. If you look for them, you can find them in dark areas of your house, like your cupboards and drawers. They get in your furniture and hide in the crevices of the cushions and pillows. Some of a bed bug’s favorite hiding places are:

  • Under the curtains on the floor, where fabric gathers
  • Wood drawer joints
  • Inside electronic devices
  • On the backs of hanging pictures
  • Inside shoes

How To Get Rid of Bed Bugs

You can clean and get rid of as much material as possible to control the infestation and get the numbers under control. Some chemicals are available for you to buy that can also help. However, to eliminate the problem, you will need professional help.

Identify Pest Control has been providing quality pest control services since 1996. We’re the top name in Plaistow for quality service, with over 200 five-star reviews. And with our Pest Free Pledge, we guarantee to return as many times as needed to take care of your problem at no extra cost. Reach out today for help with your bed bug or other pest control problem.

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