The 5 Early Warning Signs Of Bed Bugs 

We’ve all heard how awful Bed Bugs are right? Do you cringe at the idea of having bed bugs in your home, coming out at night to feed on…YOU!!?

We get it, but believe it or not, we have some good news for you! There are some signs to look out for and precautions to take so you if you do have the unfortunate event of taking these hitchhikers into your home, you can act fast and get rid of these little menaces.

Learning the signs can help you reach out for help before the situation worsens. If you wait too long or ignore the signs, you’ll have an infestation on your hands.We’ve put together an in-depth guide on the early signs of bed bugs and what you should do when you notice them. 

1. Blood Marks on Your Mattress

Don’t worry, when we say “blood marks”, we don’t mean that your mattress will look like one of those crime scenes that you see on CSI. In fact, these blood marks are so tiny and minuscule that, to the untrained eye, they don’t look like blood at all.You might be surprised to find out that bed bugs feed on the blood of their human hosts – GROSS! They’re also sloppy eaters – DOUBLE GROSS!, so they’ll leave traces of the blood they eat behind, mainly on your mattress and sheets, but it could be located on other furniture as well.The blood that you’ll find on your furnishings isn’t red at all. It has a brown or black color to it, since it’s blood that the bed bug has digested and—yes, you’re correct—defecated onto your fabrics, mattress, couch, etc.If you suspect that you have bed bugs in your home, here’s an exercise to help you determine that. Simply walk up to your mattress and undo the sheets at the foot of the bed. Scan the top of the mattress, then lift it to look at the underside of the foot of your mattress.If you notice any signs, it’s time to get a bed bug Specialist involved. Hire a professional bed bug control service for both preventative and reactive services.2 

2. Strange Smells

It’s about to get intense here, but hear us out! Some of the bloodstains you’ll find from bed bugs on your mattress are the result of you crushing and killing them while you sleep.Although infestations are common, bed bugs actually don’t travel in colonies as ants do. That said, they’re happy to alarm their fellow bed bugs to any threats against their well-being.If you’ve noticed strange odors inside your home, commercial offices, etc, then it might be coming from an infestation! One of the scents that you might pick up on may have a strong, yet sweet scent to it. This is what’s known as an alarm pheromone. It’s a defense mechanism that all bed bugs have. As the name would suggest, the scent is used to alert other bed bugs to the threats of your home.Here’s the thing: bed bugs don’t just have one scent for their alarm pheromones. Even though these odors are meant to warn their fellow pests, humans can pick up on the smell as well. If you notice any unrecognizable odor with a sweet scent to it, you know the drill, it’s time to call a professional! 

3. You Have Bite Marks

Surprisingly, many homeowners are quick to shrug off bug bites they find on their skin. If they wake up with a bite from the night before, they’ll chalk it up to a mosquito that somehow found its way indoors or a spider that found its way onto your bed.However, that bite mark might be a sign that you have bed bugs in your home. They look very similar to mosquito bites and have a lot of the same effects as well. They are painless at first, but become itchy and swell up when you come into contact with them.So how can you tell whether it’s a bed bug bite or mosquito bite? Take note of the location. If the bite marks are around exposed skin, such as your neck, arms, and ankles, it’s likely a bed bug bite. 

4. Discomfort Among Your Entire Family

One of the biggest telltale signs that you have a bed bug problem is when several members of your family are experiencing the same discomfort at night.If you and your loved ones are all waking up with bug bites that are painful and itchy, take it as a sign of a much larger issue.Once bed bugs get into your home, they rise at an alarming rate. They are called bed bugs and yes, this is where we find them most, but bed bugs will travel all over your home, Beds, Couches, coffee tables, even inside the walls to give birth!!! If you think that you may have bed bugs, contact a professional right away to prevent the problem from getting any worse. Identify Pest offers free inspections. It’s better to be wrong, then waiting too long!

5. Exoskeletons and Eggs

Unfortunately, blood stains aren’t the only signs that you have bed bugs. They can also leave behind enormous traces of eggs as well as their old exoskeletons that they’ve shed.Bed bugs have skins with a yellowish tint to them, which might be left behind on your furnishings or fabrics. The eggs have a milky appearance.The good news (for lack of a better term) is that the blood, eggs, and exoskeletons are often found in the same location. If you notice a mixture of the three, contact a Bed Bug specialist from Identify Pest Control right away at (978) 549-6250.

Don’t Ignore the Bed Bug Signs

Now that you have seen an in-depth guide to bed bug signs and how they can alert you to a growing infestation, be sure to use this information to your advantage. Bed bugs should not be taken lightly! For more information about bed bugs and how to have the best chance of getting rid of bed bugs fast, we’ve created another article with the 7 tips for successful bed bug elimination in your home.For more information or to schedule your free inspection, please be sure to call us at (978) 549-6250 and we will be happy to come right out, in many cases same day to assess the problem. 

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