Identifying A Bed Bug Infestation In Your Souderton Home
February 4, 2020
Do you think you have a bed bug infestation? The first step in dealing with bed bugs is being sure it is bed bugs you're dealing with. Today, we're talking about bed bug identification and other conditions that accompany bed bugs. Together, these identification tips will help you to be sure that bed bugs are what you have in your Souderton home.
Stages Of A Bed Bug
At about 1mm in length, bed bug eggs are very tiny. But they're not so tiny that you can't see them. They're a pale white color, so they're fairly noticeable. These eggs are likely to be stuck to a surface or squeezed into a hiding place.
When bed bugs first hatch, they are nymphs, not larvae. A newly hatched bed bug nymph will have six legs, two antennae and three body parts, just like the adults. If one of these baby bed bugs has had a blood meal, you'll know it. Its transparent skin will allow you to clearly see the blood in its abdomen.
A bed bug becomes tan as it matures through its 5 instars. While its skin will be less transparent, it is never fully opaque. So you will see blood or black feces inside its abdomen. You'll also begin to see the horizontal creases on its abdomen becoming more pronounced. All through the developmental process, bed bugs are seed shaped.
When a bed bug reaches its adult stage of development, it is a dark brownish-red color. Its crease lines are distinct, and its skin is mostly opaque, but you can still see the black feces or dark red coloration from ingested blood. At full size, a bed bug is about 4.5 mm in length.
Conditions Present When Bed Bugs Infest
If bed bugs are developing in your home, you may notice their shed skins lying around. These skins are tiny because bed bugs are tiny. They'll be in cracks, creases, pockets, recesses, and other hiding places. Shed skins will be littered about where the bugs are hiding.
If you notice red or tan stains on sheets, pillowcases, or other bedding, it is a sign that you have bed bugs. You'll also see blood staining in areas where bed bugs congregate. If you lift up a bed and find insects crawling around in an area that has this kind of staining, you've found a bed bug infestation.
Bed bugs leave excrement in many places, but especially in the area where they congregate. If you find lots of bugs crawling around in a spot with patches of black, you're probably looking at bed bugs.
Bed bugs don't just stink to have in your home; they literally stink. The pheromones they emit can be compared to the smell of a nasty locker room towel. If you get in close and smell an area where there are bugs crawling around and it smells foul, you probably have bed bugs.
What To Do When You Find A Bed Bug Infestation
There are many things you can do, and also things you shouldn't do when you find bed bugs in your home. Here are a few helpful tips from the experts here at Moyer:
- If an item can be put in the dryer, put it through a 30-minute cycle. That should be enough heat to kill bed bugs in all stages of development.
- If an item can't be put in the dryer, put it outside of your home.
- If bed bugs or their eggs are in a location that can be topically treated, you can apply rubbing alcohol to the area to dry them out and kill them.
- If bed bugs are inside an item, such as a computer, alarm clock, or furniture item, it is best to call a pest control professional to treat the item.
If you need assistance with the treatment of items or treatment for your home, remember that Moyer is always standing by to help you with your pest control needs. Our bed bug exterminators have access to the most advanced bed bug tools available, and the training to get the job done right. Reach out to us for service. We can help.