As bed bugs continue to be found in public places looking to hitch a ride to their next meal, it is more important than ever to understand what bed bugs look like and the best ways to protect your structure from infestation. As with other pests, early detection of bed bugs is critical for ensuring that the infestation doesn’t progress to a larger problem. If you suspect that bed bugs are secretly living in your home or business, here are some of the signs you should be looking for to expedite their removal.
One of the most common ways that people find out they have a bed bug problem is by noticing unexplained bites on their body after waking up. Bed bug bites will often be in a line and cause itching or swelling. If you are starting to find unexplained bites on your body, it’s probably time to start investigating a little further to pinpoint the cause.
Much like the presence of cockroaches can alter the smell of a given area, bed bugs can secrete a musty odor in the form of pheromones. While they may be hiding, they aren’t capable of masking their own smells to avoid detection. If your room has developed an unexplained musty odor, it could be a sign that bed bugs are present.
As bed bugs continue to molt and grow, they will cast off their skins. While they may be able to hide very proficiently, they don’t take the time to remove the evidence of their molting or feces. Look around sleeping quarters for small, rust-colored stains on the sheets or checking the mattress piping to see if any cast skins are there.
Pied Piper Services for Bed Bug Control
If you have brought home bed bugs from a previous vacation, it is important to utilize the services of a pest control company for early detection to rid your home of these elusive pests. Pied Piper Services has the equipment and knowledge needed to ensure your home returns to normal following a bed bug infestation. Give the experts at The Pied Piper a call to get started with effective bed bug control!