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6 Tips For Finding Bed Bugs

September 7, 2016

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It's hunting season! No, we're not talking about deer hunting. From now until November it is the height of bed bug season here in West Chester, Pennsylvania. So, we've put together this list of six tips that will help you hunt these bugs and get them out of your home or business.

1. Bug Identification

Hopefully, you will see bed bugs before they start to bite you--and before they have infested your home; but in order to see bed bugs, you have to know what they look like. These insects go through five development stages before they get to adult size. When they are first born, they are transparent and about the size of the tip on a pen. As they go through each stage, they become more reddish brown in color.

2. Feces

If you have bed bugs in your home, you may see their feces before you see them. These pests leave black streaks on sheets, pillowcases, and near areas they are infesting. Look for it on baseboards, outlet covers, electronics, and the backboards of beds.

3. Insect Shells

When bed bugs develop to the next stage, they will shed their cuticle. You can find these shed skins stuck to infested areas, such as on upholstered furniture and mattress seams. You may also find these skins in your bed.

4. Blood Stains

When bed bugs come to feed, they often leave blood staining. This staining will often look brown on sheets and pillowcases because it will usually be found after it has had time to dry and decay. Blood staining will also be found around areas of infestation.

5. Bites

If you, or someone in your home, are finding mysterious bites on your skin, they may be bed bug bites. Look to see if they are in a row or cluster and whether or not there is a significant rash around them. The rash doesn't always accompany a bed bug bite, but when it does, it makes these bites hard to miss.

6. Smell

If you have enough bed bugs living in your home, you will begin to notice the smell. These insects release a pheromone scent that some describe as the smell of moldy wet clothes.

If you need help finding bed bugs in your West Chester home, Moyer Pest Control can help you do it quickly and easily. We have Canine Bed Bug Inspectors. That's right, dogs that can sniff out bed bugs, and they're really good at it! They can move through a room quickly without disturbing anything and sniff those bugs out like they have x-ray vision.

Don't let the bed bugs bite. Get rid of bed bugs in West Chester with expert pest control from Moyer Pest Control.

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