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College is out, so if your college kid brought bed bugs back home from their dorm room, you may now start to notice signs of bed bugs in your home. It shouldn’t take you too long to notice a bed bug infestation, especially once these pests have begun to multiply and spread throughout your home. Unfortunately, even the cleanest home can have a bed bug problem, so if you heard a rumor about bed bugs in your kid’s school or you just want to be sure that there are no bed bugs inside your home, the bed bug control pros at Rottler Pest & Lawn Solutions would like to help you identify these pests.

To recognize a bed bug infestation, it is important to know about bed bugs and their habits. They are nocturnal pests that feed on the blood of people while they sleep. This means that they usually hide near the bed during the daytime so that they don’t have to go very far for their nighttime meal. To look for bed bugs, follow these tips:

  • Use a flashlight and magnifying glass to look for signs of bed bugs around the bed, under the mattress, inside the box spring and in bedside tables

  • Check out our bed bug identification page right here to see what these pests look like.

  • Look for small reddish to brown blood spots on bed linens or upholstered furniture; these are bed bug fecal spots.

  • Shed bed bug skins are obvious signs that these pests have been around. These skins can usually be found where bed bugs are hiding as well as along the the edge of the carpet where it meets the wall.

Bed bug infestations continue to be a problem in St. Louis homeowners. Luckily, it’s never too early to start inspecting your home for signs of a bed bug infestation.

Waking up with red welts on your body, often three in a line is another sign of bed bugs. Bed bugs are nighttime feeders and their bites only cause a reaction in about 40% of victims which means these pests are much harder to identify than you may think. Refer to our previous blog: 10 Uncommon Bed Bug Facts to learn more about these sneaky pests.

So, here you are with what appears to be a bed bug infestation, now what? Do not panic! The St. Louis pest control pros at Rottler are well equipped to handle even the most severe cases of bed bugs infestations. For those with homes located in St. Louis or the surrounding areas of Mid-Missouri, Rottler is ready to take on the bed bugs in your home with their effective bed bug services.

Worried mothers and fathers, even if your college kid brought back bed bugs this year, there is no need to fret. Simply contact Rottler Pest & Lawn Solutions today and we will be there to take care of your bed bug problem in no time!

This blog was originally published on June 25, 2012, but we have updated it to reflect the most recent and accurate information available in helping you combat frustrating bed bug problems.


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