If bed bugs invaded your Fenton home during the holidays, the infestation could be reaching new heights by this time. An infestation usually begins with bed bug nymphs or a batch of eggs that hatch into nymphs. Nymphs are smaller and don't inject as much anticoagulant when they feed. Anticoagulant is a blood thinner that can produce an allergic reaction. The greater the reaction, the redder and more irritated bites will be. So, bites in the early stage of an infestation can be mild and go unnoticed. If you're noticing red, itchy welts on you or someone else in your home, you may have a bed bug problem. Here are a few ways you can find out if bed bugs have found their way into your home.
Do an Inspection
Bed bugs can hide in many places but they have a few common places they hide inside a home. Performing an inspection in these places can help you determine whether or not your bites are from bed bugs. Inspect the creases of your mattress or box spring, recesses in your bed frame or nightstand, surfaces of baseboards and outlet covers, gaps on crown molding, the edges of your carpets, stitching on upholstered furniture, exterior of electronics, interior of luggage and duffel bags, the bindings on hardback books, and behind wall hangings. In these places, look for tiny black droppings, black streaks, black patches, tiny white eggs, shed insect skins, dried blood stains and the presence of bed bugs.
How to Identify a Bed Bug
Bed bugs don't always look like the pictures you've probably seen on the news. When they first hatch, they are only about 1mm in length and they are a pale color. As they develop, they take on more of a tan coloration, eventually becoming brownish red. In all stages of development, a bed bug is transparent, and you will be able to see its black-coated digestive tract or blood inside its abdomen. It has six legs, two antennae, and a shield-shaped body.
Call a Professional
If you have bed bugs, the best course of action is to call a licensed professional. Bed bugs are extremely difficult to eliminate. These bugs have been living almost exclusively with humans since the dawn of time. They are adept at avoiding our attempts to exterminate them.
For help with pest control issues in Fenton, as always, remember that Rottler Pest & Lawn Solutions is an industry-leading pest control company with a track record of meeting the needs of customers. Reach out to us today for immediate assistance.