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How To Know If You Have Bed Bugs

Bed bugs are one of the most difficult bugs to completely remove from a home or business. That’s why it’s best to recognize the signs of an infestation early on. The sooner you realize that you have a pest problem, the easier they are to remove.

Bed bugs can range in size from 2.5 mm to 4.5 mm. They have a round body with six legs and two antennae. Males have a more pointed shape, while females are rounder. They can range from translucent brown to dark brown or red. Their coloring depends on how recently they have fed on blood. These bugs will leave sticky egg sacs that adhere to many surfaces. They resemble a small grain of rice about the size of the head of a needle. If a small red dot can be seen within the egg, that means it hasn’t hatched yet. Egg sacs usually are not easily vacuumed and may require several bed bug removal sprays before they are eradicated.

Knowing what these bugs look like will help you to spot them. Here are five signs of a bed bug infestation in your Westchester County, NY home.

Signs of Bed Bugs

  • Stains on Bedding - These bugs like to feed on humans at night. Sometimes as a person sleeps, they move and crush several bugs, which leaves tiny reddish brown spots of blood that resemble rust on the sheets or blankets. This is a big indicator of a bed bug problem.
  • Live Bugs - Because these insects feed on human blood, they will position themselves nearby. During the day they will hide on seams of mattresses, headboards, or along carpets. Check in curtains, behind wall hangings, along outlets, and in closets for them. Although they prefer to be close to the bed, they can travel up to 20 feet away from their hiding place to feed. Take the time to inspect these areas for tiny bugs or egg sacks.
  • Exoskeletons - Bed bugs shed their outer shells as they grow. This act of shedding over time, known as ecdysis, will leave exoskeletons on beds, furniture, clothes, shoes, or carpets. Look for brown shells that look similar to a live bug. If you find any, you know that a bed bug has been living in the area for a significant amount of time.
  • Bites - Bites are often a poor indicator of an infestation because they can look similar to bites from other insects. Some people also do not react to bites from these particular bugs. However, it’s important to know that bed bugs will bite humans at night while they are laying in bed. These bugs are drawn to body heat and the carbon dioxide that people release into the air when breathing. The most active time for a bed bug to feed is between 5:00 am - 6:00 am.
  • Strong Odor - When a large amount of these insects are together, they discharge a potent smell. Their release of pheromones creates a musty odor. Notice if a bedroom starts to smell unusual. This could be a sign of bed bugs

How to Remove Bed Bugs

Bed bugs can survive temperatures between 46 °Fahrenheit to 113 °Fahrenheit. They can also live up to five months without feeding. Their tiny bodies can even fit in cracks within walls or wooden furniture. Therefore, these insects are extremely difficult to remove completely without help from professional pest management. There are bed bug extermination services that our company offers that can be done to remove these bugs.

The best thing to do as soon as you find bed bugs is to call Fox Pest Control in Westchester, NY. We are locally owned and operated. Our trained technicians will make sure that the bed bugs in your house are removed. Our pest control services are affordable and safe for you and your family. Click here for $50 off of your bed bug treatment. We offer the best pest control near you!

Posted on October 9, 2019.

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