Bed bug infestations continue to rise in the U.S. and more and more people are running to the internet for guidance on how to prevent them. One suggestion is to do an inspection for the signs bed bugs leave behind. If you've heard this and you've done a thorough check for bed bug signs, you may be wondering if your home is safe now. Here are a few things you should know.
Do infestations occur after the holidays? Yes. Many bed bug infestations happen after the holidays because bed bugs are hitchhiking bugs that often enter homes on guests. But, it is important to understand that an infestation takes time to develop. It may be several months before you begin to see signs.
How do infestations begin? There are two ways an infestation can begin in your home. It can arise from a batch of eggs left on the belongings of someone who enters your home or it can begin with one or more bed bugs that have hitched a ride. Either way, bites are not going to occur immediately. And it will take time for signs to develop.
How does an infestation develop? When eggs hatch, immature bed bugs go out to feed. Bites from immature bed bugs are smaller than bites left by adults, and the associated rash is usually smaller. Therefore, bite events are often missed at first. But, as immature nymphs develop into adults, bites get worse. This can take several months.
What are the signs left by bed bugs?
Black droppings, streaks, and patches left on mattress and box spring seams, pillowcases, sheets, bedding, backboards, bed frames, baseboards, outlet covers, the stitching on upholstered furniture, crown molding, and more.
Brown blood staining on pillowcases, sheets, bedding, upholstered furniture, carpet edges, and more.
Shed insect skins left in creases, crevices, recesses, and other hiding spots.
The smell of bed bug pheromones which some describe as a moist locker room towel.
Tiny white eggs left everywhere bed bugs hide or travel.
The signs of bed bugs grow over time. It can take several months for a bed bug infestation to become unmistakable. If you want to know that your home is clear of bed bugs, your best option is to have an educated and experienced pest control professional do a detailed inspection of your home.
If you live in Chesterfield, or our extensive Missouri service area, reach out to Rottler Pest & Lawn Solutions. Our QualityPro-Certified team offers industry-leading solutions for Missouri pests, including bed bugs.
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