Bed Bug Symptoms
Bed bug infestations certainly look like they are here to stay – at least until someone can come up with a way to obliterate them completely! Therefore, having a basic knowledge of bed bug symptoms could be a huge advantage and help you prevent a major infestation in your home.
There are six key bed bug symptoms. Should you come across any of these it is time to act!
1. Bed Bug Bites – These usually take the form of itchy, red bumps or welts on areas of your skin. Bites are very often the first symptom of a bed bug infestation that people become aware of. You should be aware however that not every itchy rash is caused by bed bugs. There are countless other causes including bites from other insects to skin conditions such as eczema. If you do suspect bed bugs you need to hunt them down so that you can be 100% certain.
2. Bed Bug Poo – bed bugs like all living things have to excrete waste and for anyone trying to track these tiny vampires down this is a very useful bed bug infestation symptom. You are most likely to come across the tiny dark specks around the areas they are using as hide outs during the day. Places to look for poo spots are around any cracks and crevices in walls and floors, in the folds, creases and seams of you mattress, along the base of your headboard and so on. How can you be sure it is bed bug poo? Simple, gently wipe a spot with a damp cloth and if it smears it is poo!
3. Blood Spots – This is probably the easiest bed bug symptoms to find during your hunt. Bed bugs survive by consuming blood, when full their normally flat bodies become bloated meaning that if they are squashed either in your bed or on your couch or whatever they will literally pop. This then means that you should be able to see tiny blood smears on your bedding, mattress, soft furnishings and so on.
4. Odor – This is perhaps one of the lesser known symptoms of a bed bug infestation. If bed bugs are present in a room in significantly large numbers you will often notice an unpleasant odor when you enter the room. The odor is often described as resembling wet, mold garments or shoes. If you detect a strange odor once again it is time to take a closer look.
5. Cast Skins – Again this is something which perhaps not everyone would lookout for. As a bed bug grows and matures like all exoskeleton creatures it casts its skin – a total of 6 times over a period of around 5 weeks. This means that you should be able to find these empty bed bug skins around the infested room.
6. Bed Bug Eggs – Female bed bugs “glue” their eggs onto the surfaces of furniture, mattresses and so on. These tiny eggs only measure around 1 mm so a good magnifying glass and a flash light might be a good idea where searching for them. Also, because they are white in color (often described as looking like grains of rice) if they are laid on a light colored surface they are even more difficult to see.