Signs of bedbugs
Bedbugs are small, blood-feeding pests that can infest homes and cause discomfort for those affected. Common signs of a bedbug infestation include:
- Visible Bedbugs: Adult bedbugs are about the size and shape of an apple seed (4-5 mm long), with a reddish-brown or brown colour. Young bedbugs (nymphs) are smaller and lighter in colour.
- Bites on the Skin: Bedbug bites often appear as itchy, red welts on the skin. These bites may be arranged in a line or cluster, and they tend to be itchy and uncomfortable. However, not everyone reacts to bedbug bites, so some people may not develop visible bite marks.
- Blood Stains on Bedding: After feeding, bedbugs may leave behind small bloodstains on sheets, pillowcases, or mattresses. These stains can result from accidentally crushing a bedbug while you sleep.
- Dark or Rusty Spots: Bedbugs excrete digested blood, which appears as dark, rusty-coloured spots or smears on bedding, walls, or furniture near their hiding spots.
- Eggshells and Shed Skin: Bedbugs moult as they grow, leaving behind translucent, empty eggshells and shed skin.
- Hiding Spots: Bedbugs are nocturnal and hide in cracks, crevices, and seams during the day. Common hiding spots include mattress seams, headboards, baseboards, and furniture seams.
- Bite Patterns: Bedbug bites tend to appear on areas of the body that are exposed during sleep, such as the face, neck, arms, and legs. They often occur in straight lines or clusters.
It’s important to note that while bedbugs are often associated with beds, they can also infest other areas of your home, including upholstered furniture, curtains, and even electrical outlets.
If you suspect a bedbug infestation, it’s essential to take action promptly. Bedbugs can reproduce quickly, and infestations can become more challenging to eliminate over time. Professional pest control services are vital to effectively eradicate bedbugs, as they are notoriously difficult to get rid of on your own.
How we deal with bedbugs
It is very natural to feel anxious or uncomfortable when you think pests are in your property. Be confident that S&S Pest Control can help you professionally eliminate these pests.