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Talking About Pest Control

Afraid You Might Have Bedbugs? Signs To Watch Out For And What To Do

Carlos Douglas

If you are afraid you might have bedbugs, either because of how you are feeling or because someone you know has found out they have bedbugs, you might be wondering how to tell if you actually do have them. There are several signs of bedbugs that you can watch out for. Learn these signs and what you should do if you do think you have bedbugs.

A Musty Odor In Your Bedroom

One of the signs of bedbugs that you should watch out for is a musty odor in your room or when you get into your bed. This musty odor is not from water damage or the like but from the bugs' scent glands. 

Exoskeletons and Other Debris

Bedbugs are creatures that shed their skins (also known as exoskeletons) multiple times throughout their lives. They do this five times in a full lifetime, to be exact. As such, if you have bedbugs, you will likely notice this debris lying around. If you notice black or brown, translucent debris lying around your bedroom, either on the bed itself, on the bedside tables, on the headboard, or even on the baseboards of your walls, you could have a bedbug problem on your hands. 

Fecal Matter

Bedbugs will leave fecal matter that looks like spots in areas that they congregate. This takes the form of just blackish or brownish spots or smears on or around your bed. If you notice such spots on the mattress when you go to change the sheets, this is a good indicator that there are bedbugs around. 

Blood Stains

Bedbugs are insects that feed on blood. As such, it is common to find small bloodstains on your sheets and/or mattress when you have a bedbug infestation. 

You Have Numerous Itchy, Burning Bug Bites

If you have not been outside around a lot of mosquitoes or other insects and you have a large number of itchy, burning bug bites, you could have bedbugs. Bedbug bites can also look like a rash or hives in some cases, depending on how reactive a person is to the bites. Most of the time, bedbug bites are clustered very close together. 

Keep in mind, though, that if you notice other signs of bedbugs but do not notice these types of bites, you could still have bedbugs. Some people do not develop a reaction to the bites and cannot see them. 

What to Do

The first step to take when you have bedbugs in your home is to call a bedbug exterminator. Bedbugs are notoriously difficult to get rid of, and you should not try to do so entirely on your own. The exterminator will first inspect all areas of your home to look for signs of bedbugs (as they can be found elsewhere besides your actual bed). 

If they determine that you do have bedbugs, the exterminator will treat to kill the bedbugs as well as to get rid of eggs so that the infestation does not return right away. They will also likely do one or several follow-up visits to ensure the bedbugs are completely eradicated. 

Your job will be to clean everything (at least everything you can). Clean all bed linens and floor rugs in hot water. Vacuum your home and your mattress. You should also encase your mattress in a full mattress cover. This will ensure that if any bedbugs did survive the bedbug treatments and your vacuuming, they will die. 

Now that you know some of the major signs of bedbugs to watch out for as well as what to do about them, you can contact an exterminator at the first signs of bedbugs in your home. 

To learn more, contact a bedbug exterminator.