Good night, sleep tight and don’t let the bed bugs bite is a simple rhyme that you might tell your kids when tucking them into bed, but you probably don’t expect to ever see those bugs in your own home. Many people have serious bed bug problems though because they brought the insects home with them after a vacation or because they bought a piece of used furniture that wasn’t properly cleaned. The bugs can even live inside a brand new mattress that you just bought, which is why it’s so important that you know how to identify the signs of a bed bug infestation.
The most common sign of an infestation is when you notice bite marks on your skin. Bed bugs feed off both humans and animals but will usually only come out during the late night hours. If you go to bed and wake up early, you may not even see the insects. The bite marks often look like small red or pink dots on your skin but can also look like raised bumps. You’ll usually notice a cluster of these spots in the same area.
Red and Brown Marks
Check your mattress for any red or brown marks that are dark in color. You’ll want to strip all the bedding off your mattress, lift the mattress inside and check underneath it and along any seams. Do the same thing to any pillows or blankets that you have on your bed. These marks can indicate one of the two things. The first is that you scratched your bites in your sleep and bled on the bed. It can also indicate that the bugs smeared the blood on the mattress or left behind waste before going back into their hiding spots.
Make sure that you check for any small black dots too. These dots can be the egg sacks left behind as bed bugs hatch. If you notice a small group of black dots that actually moves in front of you, it can be a group of babies living in or around your mattress. Bed bugs can also live inside your light switch and outlet covers, under your baseboards and inside dresser drawers. Hiring a pest control Prince Frederick MD company or a company in your city allows exterminators to check your home for any signs of a bed bug infestation.