A bed bug infestation is one of the most terrifying pest control situations Long Island homeowners find themselves in. Even though these pests can seemingly pop up out of nowhere and quickly become overwhelming, with the right professional guidance and services you can get rid of your bed bug infestation.
Early Signs of Bed Bugs
Unlike some common household pests like mice, which you may not even know you have inside your home, bed bugs don’t go unnoticed for long. Here are some of the initial signs of bed bugs you may see in your home:
- Blood stains on your bedding
- Visible bed bugs or small clusters of pearly-white eggs
- Bed bug remains, feces, or egg casings that have been left behind
- Visible red welts showing up on your skin, usually in clusters, which burn and itch
- A musty smell that may be reminiscent of moldy clothing or wet shoes
How to Identify Bed Bug Bites
Bed bug bites most often will be found on the parts of the body that are out in the open while you’re sleeping, such as the hands, neck, face, shoulders, legs, and arms. Typically, bed bug bites show up in clusters over a small area, and may be in either a line or a zig-zagged pattern.
As for the way you and your family may react to bed bug bites, it’s common for the small red bites to become inflamed and itchy. When a bed bug pierces the skin, it injects an anti-coagulant along with their saliva. This anti-coagulant is what’s responsible for the itchiness and inflammation, as well as the size of the bite. All reactions vary from person-to-person.
How to Check for Bed Bugs
Despite their name, if you’re dealing with a bed bug infestation, you may have these pests in a variety of places within your home. One reason bed bug infestations often get out of control quickly is because bed bugs are hitchhiking pests; if you’re moving from your bed to your couch, for example, so are they, causing them to quickly spread to other rooms of your home.
Here are some areas to check for bed bug if you think you may have a bed bug problem:
- The cracks, crevices, tufts, and seams of your mattresses
- In your bed frame’s joints
- Folds within your bedding’s fabric
- In electrical outlets
- Cracks and crevices in your bedroom and/or any other potentially affected rooms
- Inside bedroom furniture like dressers and nightstands
- The underside of your couch, including the frame and any joints that may be serving as expert hiding places
When to Call a Bed Bug Exterminator
Bed bug infestations don’t have to be stressful, and you definitely don’t have to deal with bed bugs alone. If you think you may have a bed bug problem, call (631/516) 864-6900 for a free bed bug treatment estimate.