Bedbugs are small and difficult to spot. They are excellent at hiding, only coming out at night to feast on your blood. They are surprisingly hardy and can travel between places attached to clothes, in bags, and through a variety of other items.
Their size and their toughness can make it hard to eliminate them. That’s why you should find out more about your local pest control experts and get their help as soon as you realize you have an issue.
The good news is that a bedbug infestation is easy to spot, there are 3 distinctive signs that you should be aware of and react to.
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- Red Marks On Your Body
As mentioned, bedbugs bite humans and suck your blood. You probably won’t notice them biting you as they are so small the bite is not usually painful. However, bedbugs do leave pathogens behind when they bite you. They are not known to carry any disease.
However, the pathogens can cause a localized reaction, leaving you with a red mark on your body. This is likely to be itchy. Of course, bedbugs tend to live in large colonies. That means you’ll have plenty of red marks on the exposed areas of your skin.
Exposed areas vary from person to person depending on what you wear when you sleep.
The red marks will be noticeable, they will be itchy, and they may lead to a secondary infection if you itch them too much.
- Rust Marks In Your Bed
If you look in your bed and find small rust marks then you may have an issue with bedbugs. The small rust marks are actually bedbugs that have been squashed when you roll over in your sleep. They have no defense against this.
Small blood spots are also visible in your bed where the bedbugs have left a little blood behind or your body has bled a little after the bedbugs have finished
- The Aroma
Bedbugs emit a distinctive, musty aroma. If you notice this in your bedroom then you need to suspect that you have a bedbug issue.
This should trigger you to look at the bedsheets and your body to see if you’ve been bitten.
You should note that bedbugs multiply quickly and are very good at traveling unseen on items. If you find bedbugs in one room of your house it’s best to assume they are in all of them.
Dealing With Bedbugs
The easiest approach is to call the professionals, they’ll eliminate the issue for you. If you’re attempting to deal with the issue yourself you’ll need to wash all soft furnishings in hot water and dry them on the highest setting possible. Heat is one of the few things that kills bedbugs.
You’ll also need to scrub your mattress seams and any other potential hiding places in your bedroom. You can then vacuum the dead bedbugs up. It’s best to repeat this every day or two until you are sure the problem has been eliminated.