Bed Bug Detection:
Don’t Let Them Bite You While You’re Dreaming
First and foremost, it is vital that you know what bed bugs look like. These parasites are microscopic, growing only to around 5.5mm in adulthood, but they are still visible to the naked eye. They are tan in color and slightly flat unless they have fed.
If bed bugs have recently ingested blood, they’ll be red and puffy. Once they hatch, they all have the same basic look through their seven life cycle stages.
Bed Bug Detection
Each stage of a bed bug’s life cycle is accompanied by the shedding of their old skin to allow for growth. This process is known as molting. Although these layers of shed skin are tiny, they can still be seen, especially by a magnifying glass.
The number of these skins that you see in a given area will indicate how many bed bugs you might be dealing with. However, they are probably too small to tell the difference between one life cycle and another.
Bed bugs are known to hide in crevices and cracks inside your house. This includes furniture, which is why they received the moniker of “bed bugs.” They can hide in a variety of places, and because they are very small, you might never actually see one up close and personal. This could prevent you from deciding whether or not an infestation has, in fact, taken place.
To solve this problem, though, all it takes is a disposable latex glove or two. All you have to do is slip one on and slide your hand in the folds and crevices of your couch, bed, etc. Rub around the edges slowly, pressing down a bit, and take a look at the glove. If it comes back with black marks, this often indicates bed bug feces.
How to Know Bed Bug Bites
Bed bugs usually bite while you’re in a deep sleep and the bites are harmless. That’s where they got the epithet “perfect parasites.” Many experts say that bed bugs are more dangerous than other parasites such as fleas and ticks. They don’t stay on the host. Instead, they dart to their hidden shelter after bitting you.
Sometimes, you might not even realize that you have been bitten. The reason is that bed bugs inject an anti-coagulant, or commonly known as blood-thinners, which allows a bed bug to extract blood from the human. They also draw out a sort of anesthetizing agent, which allows the bite to be painless.
Another symptom of bed bug bites is that you’ll see unusual small, red itchy welts on your body. While other blood-eating animals like mosquitoes usually bite you on your legs or your arms, bed bugs could bite your neck or your shoulders, and they could bite anywhere on your body.
Treating the Bed Bug Bites
If you have been bitten by bed bugs, you are likely wondering how to treat it. Many physicians will use a steroid cream to soothe the area. Since bedbugs are not life-threatening, nothing stronger is really necessary. Before you can treat a bed bug bite, you should know what our exterminators use to kill bed bugs. Sometimes we use environmental pest control.
This can only be determined useful once our bed bug terminator has provided you with a free bed bug inspection. The inspection helps them to determine the extent of your bed bug problem. Once the bed bug specialist knows the extent of your problem, they can advise you on how to handle the problem.
Our bed bugs exterminator can tell you what bed bugs treatment will be best for your specific situation once they know what they are dealing with. Rest Easy Pest Control will be able to give you a bed bug success story to tell when you rely on us for your service needs.
It is important that you know what bed bug bites look like because this is very often the first sign of infestation that a homeowner will notice. Bed bug bites are presented as small red areas on your skin.
They appear to be a small rash of some kind. Itching will occur at the location of the bite. If your skin is sensitive, its overall appearance could be much worse, along with the severity of the itching.
Finding Your Bed Bug Infestation
They may not cause many problems, but bed bugs sure are gross. What they lack in disease transference they more than makeup for in making your skin crawl. These microscopic nuisances feed on you while you sleep, and do so in such a way that you may not notice it for a long, long time, not until they’ve multiplied well beyond the point of infestation.
If you pay attention though, you can spot bed bug infestations before they get out of hand. Small as these things are, you have to look close, and you have to stay on top of the situation.
The minute you become suspicious, keep your eyes peeled for the following telltale signs of these unwanted visitors and you just might stop their assault in its tracks:
- Small bite marks on your body in areas mosquitoes wouldn’t have easy access to
- If you wake up itching in spots you can’t remember itching the night before
- Unexplained bloodstains on your pillowcases and sheets
- Other tiny spots on your sheets, mattress, or the wall around your bed—these could be anything from bed bug fecal droppings to eggs to shed bug skins
- A new, musty odor in your bedroom
If you notice any of these signs, remove the sheets from your mattress, inspect your mattress fibers closely, and lift your mattress off of your box spring to inspect its underside and your box spring’s surface. Bed bugs love these spaces because they provide easy access to your sleeping body and a hidden location to which they can sneak off after feasting.
Call A Professional
When you’re seeking the services of pest control in NYC and Long Island who can treat your bed bug bites, Rest Easy Pest Control will be the right place to turn to. While we are not able to treat bed bug bites, we can tell you whether or not the bites you have are due to bed bugs. Many people who think they are experiencing a problem with bedbugs complain of an itch that they develop overnight. This is often the first sign of a bed bug bite.
However, if you think you have bed bugs, why not find out for sure by relying on our bed bug exterminators at Rest Easy Pest Control. Our bed bug exterminator will be able to determine the extent of your problem after they make a thorough bed bugs inspection. They can remedy any bed bug problem, big or small.
We have the best bed bug exterminator in town to help you with your bed bugs. We specialize in residential and commercial pest control. Call us if you have hotel bed bugs. Our bed bug exterminators prove very successful in treating hotel bed bugs. They have been successful in addressing Gotham Hotel bed bugs and Marriott downtown bed bugs.***