Bed bugs multiply quickly, so it is necessary to detect them early in order to prevent a larger infestation.
Bed bugs are one of the most unpleasant pests you can have in your home. Discovering that you have them is a stressful situation to find yourself in. While it might be upsetting, once you know you have a bed bug infestation, you can move forward with getting rid of them.
One of the many problems with bed bugs is that at first, people don’t realize they have them. A person may attribute the welts and itching to other causes, such as mosquitoes. As a result, a few bed bugs may turn into an infestation very quickly.
But what are the signs that you have bed bugs and how do you get rid of them?
Signs and Symptoms of Bed Bugs
Bed bugs are small, brownish, oval insects that live on the blood of humans or animals. The signs and symptoms of bed bugs can be difficult to detect. However, they leave behind evidence everywhere they go. Here are some signs to look for:
- Flat, red welts in zigzag lines or small clusters on your skin
- Blood stains on the bed resembling small rust spots
- Small brown ovals on your mattress – molted bed bug skin
- Strong, musty odor
Bed bugs have very flat bodies and are able to wedge themselves into tight areas. To check your bed for them, strip all of the sheets and check in the seams, folds, corners, and edges of your mattress, box spring, and frame. Look in other parts of your house too. Contrary to popular belief, bed bugs can live in carpet, linens, and other furniture.
What to Do if you Have Bed Bugs
Call B & D Pest Solutions LLC right away! Bed bugs are very difficult to control and they can multiply and spread extremely quickly. Almost all DIY methods of bed bug eradication are ineffective and can be very harmful.
However, what you can do is clean all of your bedding, linens, curtains, and clothing in hot water and dry them on the highest dryer setting. Items that can’t be easily washed such as stuffed animals or shoes, should be placed in the dryer on high for at least 30 minutes.
Bed bugs are a serious problem. A bed bug can lay 200-500 eggs in the lifetime. With an adequate food supply and under a normal temperature, they can live for more than 300 days, and create a host of problems.
Our NJ Bed Bug Extermination Services
Bed bugs multiply quickly, so it is necessary to detect them early in order to prevent a larger infestation. B & D Pest Solutions follow an integrated approach that involves assessing the property, implementing solutions, and then monitoring any bed bug problems that may re-emerge.