Waking up with small bites over your body can be a cause for major concern, and while it can be difficult to tell for sure without seeking medical advice, finding small red bite marks is often a sign of bed bugs.
Bed bugs are a tiny pest that’s only about the size of an apple seed, but they can be a major headache for homeowners in Westchester. These pests are a reddish-brown color and have oval-shaped bodies. While they are difficult to see, given their miniature size, you can find them if you know what and where to look. But, overall, there are other signs of an infestation you’re more likely to notice.
Luckily, bed bug bites are not linked to the spread of any illnesses that we know of, but they can still cause other health concerns such as secondary infections and insomnia. Because of this, it’s important to learn the main signs of bed bugs so that you can identify a bed bug infestation early on.
How To Identify A Bed Bug Bite
Bites are usually the first sign of a bed bug infestation in Westchester County. Most of the time, these bites are red with a clear or dark center, and they usually appear in zigzags or lines on your skin. Bed bugs will bite anywhere that your skin is exposed while sleeping. It can be hard to differentiate bed bug bites from other bug bites or stings, so always consult with a healthcare professional if you’re unsure.
Many people also wonder why bed bugs only bite us while we sleep, but there is a rather fascinating but simple reason for this. Bed bugs can sense the amount of carbon dioxide that we let off while sleeping, so they can tell when we’ve drifted off and that it’s a safe time for them to feast.
Five More Signs Of Bed Bugs
Other than seeing the bed bugs themselves or noticing their bites, there are a few other signs you have bed bugs. It’s important to know that while some people assume that bed bugs are only found in mattresses and bedding, they can actually be found all over a home. They often hide in furniture, curtains, and even in holes in walls.
Here are five more signs of bed bugs to be aware of:
- Noticing small blood stains on mattresses and sheets.
- Seeing rusty-colored stains on bedding, walls, or other upholstered items.
- Finding brown marks that are often found on mattress seams.
- .Discovering discarded bed bug skins around beds or near baseboards.
- Seeing cream-colored eggshells around the house
What To Do If You See Bed Bugs
Bed bugs are an invasive pest that can quickly spread throughout every room in your house. Once they establish themselves in a home, it can be nearly impossible to remove them on your own. To eradicate a bed bug infestation, every single bed bug and egg will need to be eliminated. So, the best and safest way to remove bed bugs is with help from the professionals at Parkway Pest Services. We use multiple techniques to eliminate bed bugs, including conventional treatments, steam treatments, K-9 bed bug inspections, and more.
Get started with our year-round bed bug plans by giving us a call today. We even provide an initial free inspection for our residential pest control options.