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How To Tell If Your Souderton Home Has A Bed Bug Problem

January 6, 2021


For more than a half-century, the dormancy of bed bugs had left little meaning to the saying, "sleep tight, don't let the bed bugs bite." Unfortunately, the United States has seen a recent resurgence of these burdensome blood-feeders.

Once they have found their way into your home, bed bugs are impossible to exterminate on your own. Teaming up with a professional pest control company is the best way to protect your Souderton, Pennsylvania property from unwanted bed bugs.

Bed Bug Identification

Bed bugs can be difficult to detect in their early stages, even when you know what to look for. Familiarizing yourself with bed bug identification raises your chances of identifying a problem before it becomes a catastrophe.

  • Bed bugs have five stages in their life cycle. Newly hatched bed bugs are the size of a pen point and translucent, making them fairly difficult to identify in the early stages of an infestation.

  • Once they begin feeding, their bodies will become bright red with blood and flecks of black excrement; this generally occurs throughout the first three stages of growth.

  • As they move towards stages four to five, they start to develop a tan color and begin to resemble an apple seed's shape and size.

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  • Adult bed bugs are reddish-brown, with a flattened oval-shaped body that is about one-quarter of an inch in length. Bed bugs are wingless insects. They have six legs and distinct horizontal indents on their abdomens.

  • A well-fed adult bed bug will become pill-shaped, and their body develops a shade of purplish-red.

  • A single bed bug will reproduce and can multiply into a growing infestation. The sooner you recognize the signs of a bed bug problem, the better.

Early Signs Of A Bed Bug Infestation

Bed bugs are nocturnal insects that exclusively feed on the blood of mammals. They are quite fond of human blood, which is why they tend to feed on us while we sleep.

The most common form of identification for a bed bug infestation usually begins with a trail of itchy bite marks. Identifying a bug bite can be a little tricky; there are many biting bugs out there in the world to choose from.

Luckily, there are some telltale signs to help identify bed bug bites.

  • Feeding is a group activity for bed bugs. If you have several bites, this may be the first indication of a bed bug infestation.

  • The carbon dioxide we exhale in our sleep attracts bed bugs. Bites on your shoulders, neck, face, or head may be bed bug related.

  • Bed bugs generally feed three separate times throughout the night. Look for a pattern of three bites within a group of bites or bites that follow a larger path across your skin.

  • Sometimes a significant rash will accompany bed bug bites. The rash itself will be isolated to individual bite wounds.

  • Bed bug bites occasionally cause red, swollen welts. These welts can be uncomfortable or painful, especially if several of them are in a localized area.

It isn't the easiest feat to detect bed bugs in their early stages. If you suspect you may have an infestation, it's time to start searching for solutions to your bed bug problem.

Visual Signs Of A Bed Bug Infestation

If you suspect you may have a problem but aren't too sure, there are additional methods to help identify a potential infestation.

Look for any signs of bed bug eggs — empty eggshells, molted skin, or mature bed bugs. They aren't always obvious at first glance. You may find these signs in various locations, including luggage, furniture, clothing, and electronics. Be sure to check all of the cracks and crevices of each item you look over.

Bed bug eggs are white and tiny. Like a newly hatched bed bug, they are about the size of the tip of a pen. Bed bug eggs easily stick to items, and any infested areas will likely be littered with them.

As bed bugs progress through their five stages of development, they shed their cuticle for each phase. Similar to their eggs and eggshells, remnants of molted skin will also be abundant in infested areas.

Bed bugs are notorious for the large amount of black colored feces they leave behind everywhere they go. Sometimes an infestation occurs in electronics, outlets, and wall voids. Keep an eye out for black streaks on alarm clocks, outlet covers, baseboards, bed frames, crown molding, and along the wall.

Search for signs of small black droppings and black streak marks or smears on your sheets, pillowcases, and bedding. Closely examine your mattress and your box spring's underside for black markings on the surface or the stitching and seams. Check upholstered furniture as well.

During your search, you may encounter bloodstains. Bed bugs excrete while eating, which sometimes causes the excretion of blood as well. The stains can be a mix of blood and fecal matter, creating a variance of reds and browns. You'll find these stains on bedding, sheets, and pillowcases.

If you have identified any of the above signs, seek the help of a pest control professional to assist with bed bug control for your Souderton home.

Eradicate Those Bed Bugs For Good

When it comes to bed bugs, it is best to seek a pest control company with a rich history of experience. Moyer Pest Control has been proudly serving the community we live in with services you can count on since 1869.

Our trained technicians can offer several bed bug solutions, including conventional treatments and heat treatments. At Moyer Pest Control, we believe in treating the entire home, not just part of it.

As a leading pest control company, we are ready to quickly and efficiently resolve your bed bug problems. Moyer Pest Control offers cost-effective treatments, four services per year, and free treatments when needed between routine visits. Contact us today to put your bed bug problems to rest!

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