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I Think I Might Have Bed Bugs! Now What?

January 8, 2016

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Did you crawl out of bed this morning and notice a tiny bug tucked in the fold of your blanket or sitting brazenly on your sheet? Did your brain immediately jump to the conclusion that, because you found the bug in your bed, it must be a bed bug? It makes sense to us. But the truth is any bug can crawl into bed with you. So, let's figure out what bug happens to be bugging you.

Visual Identification

There are many bugs that get mistaken for bed bugs. But, fortunately, it is only because most people don't really know what a bed bug looks like. Here are the distinguishing features you need to look for.

  • Bed bugs are insects. That means they have 2 antennae, 6 legs, and 3 body parts, but you would be hard pressed to distinguish between their thorax and abdomen. Observing a bed bug from the top, they appear to only have a head and a body.

  • Bed bugs are oval in shape if they have not recently had a blood meal. If they have, they will look more pill shaped and bloated.

  • These insects range from brown to a rusty maroon, which is appropriate for a creature that eats blood.

  • Larvae of the bed bug can be as small as the tip of a pen, but adults can grow to be as long as 4.5 mm.

Other Identification Methods

Seeing a bed bug is not the only way you will know that you have bed bugs in your home. In fact, it may be one of the last ways you discover an infestation. Here are some other telltale signs you can look for.

  • Bed bugs eat blood. That means they are going to bite. These bites are usually the first sign that bed bugs are infesting your home. You'll find these mosquito-like bites in clusters or in a line because a single bed bug will feed multiple times a night. You may also notice a rash around these bites.

  • Bed bugs leave their urine and feces wherever they roam. Urine stains on sheets, pillowcases, and upholstered furniture will appear light brown in color. Fecal staining usually appears as black streaks. You can usually find these black streaks on sheets, pillowcases, light-colored furniture, baseboards, and outlet covers. If bed bugs are infesting your mattress, you should find areas of black feces in seams or on the corners of your mattress.

  • As bed bugs grow they shed their skin. If you're finding shed skins in your bed, it is time to contact a professional.

If you're seeing these little blood-eating bugs or signs that you have an infestation in your home, it is time to get professional help. These are extremely hard pests to eradicate, even for some professional pest control companies. That is why we've invested in the most advanced bed bug detector in the industry, a bed bug sniffing dog. Our dog, Scout, helps us locate infested areas and properly quarantine those bugs so they can't get away during treatment procedures.

When you need immediate and effective bed bug extermination, Moyer is the right choice.

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