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Bed bugs hide in tiny cracks and crevices and usually visit their host for a feed briefly in the few hours just before dawn. To an expert pest controller, bed bug signs are easy to spot. But to the untrained and inexperienced eye identifying bed bugs is a little harder.
However, in spite of their size, it is possible to see them with the naked eye - once you know the signs to look for!
Bed bug odor - In homes with a heavy infestation, homeowners have reported noticing an unpleasant and slightly sweet smell. When they are disturbed, bed bugs will release alarm hormones, giving off this smell, which is similar to that of stink bugs.
Fecal droppings / small dark spots - Another indication of bed bugs is the evidence of dark or black staining found on a mattress and in other known harborage sites, which results from their excrement. The fecal matter itself is tiny (less than 1mm) but as it builds up over time the overall stained area could be much bigger and therefore easier to notice.
Molted Bed Bug Skins - A bed bug must molt (shed) its skin in order to grow and move onto the next life stage. Each bed bug does this five times as there are five stages in their lifecycle. Once they have fully matured into an adult, they no longer shed their skins. In a heavy infestation, evidence of cast skin will be far more evident than at the start of a problem. Piles of cast skins may be found behind headboards, along baseboards and in mattress seams.
Live insects - despite being small (adult are only 4-5mm long) it’s possible to spot live bed bugs and shed skins. They can often be found in bed frames and headboard crevices, mattress seams, carpets and underlay, skirting boards, between timber floorboards, Inside electrical sockets and fittings, in cracked or broken plaster, behind peeling wallpaper, drawers,cupboards, wardrobes and bedside cabinets.
Blood smears - If you notice small red blood spots on your bed sheets, mattress or pajamas (nightshirts), it could also be a sign of bed bugs in your home. The aim of a bite is to draw blood, so it is natural for a tiny amount to drop onto your clothing or bedding. When bed bugs bite they inject an anesthetic and an anticoagulant, which prevents you feeling the bite and also helps to clot your blood, so that any blood that does escape will be minimal.
If you have noticed any of these common signs in your home or business, then contact Ehrlich straight away for help in getting rid of bed bugs efficiently.
An inspection by Ehrlich will help to confirm a problem and enable our Technicians to offer the best solution using industry leading bed bug treatments, including conventional and heat treatments as well as bed bug dog inspections.
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