Bed bugs signs are ranked according to the certainty each warning sign can provide in confirming the presence of bed bugs, especially at the beginning of an infestation.
If you think bed bugs have invaded your home, it’s a good idea to understand and be familiar with these early warning signs. These bed bug symptoms may require professional review to confirm that bed bugs are present, but this article provides guidance on when to seek professional confirmation.
Sometimes the first clue that something is wrong comes from our sense of smell. If you notice an unusual musty smell in your bedroom that doesn’t seem to be coming from an obvious source, such as a pile of dirty clothes, that could be an early sign of bed bugs.
When there are several bed bugs present, the smell of their pheromones, dead bed bugs, shed shell casings, and bed insect excrement are all combined. The final result is an unpleasant, rusty odor that worsens as the infestation gets worse.
The odor is usually the least reliable when compared to other early signs of bed bugs. This is simply because when there are only a few bed bugs, the smell is too faint for humans to notice. Additionally, most people are not familiar with the smell of bed bugs, or bed bug infestations.
Many people feel that waking up to find unusual insect bites is the first symptom of bed bugs.
Bed bugs are nocturnal insects that prefer to suck blood while we sleep. As such, their bites usually appear on exposed skin at night. The most common places people are bitten are the arms, hands, and legs.
However, pest management experts believe that bites alone are insufficient to detect a bed bug infestation. Because different people react differently to bed bug bites, there is no definite way to differentiate them from other insect bites. In fact, a whopping 30% of people have no skin reactions to bed bug bites at all.
Everyone reacts differently, but the most common symptom of a bed bug bite is a red, itchy bump that appears in small lumps. This represents a bed bug bite appearing as a small clump or row of his three bites. However, bed bug bites can also appear as single bites or in random patterns.
As an aside, bed bug bites are generally not dangerous and do not transmit any known diseases. However, some people have allergic reactions to certain chemicals in bed bug saliva. Seek medical attention if you experience severe itching, painful swelling, blisters, fever, or flu-like symptoms after being bitten.
Live Bed Bugs
Finally, the most obvious sign: bedbugs are alive. Bed bugs usually don’t like to roam unless they are pregnant females who need to be fed or avoid overzealous males. Bed bugs usually find hiding places and get hooked there.
For this reason, many people never witness a live bed bug infestation before it gets out of hand. Live bed bugs won’t be easy to find unless their hiding places are disturbed, like when you pack for a move.
It may seem simple to detect a live bed bug in your house, but it’s not always that easy.
Many insects, and vice versa, are commonly mistaken for bed bugs. In our experience, spider beetles, carpet beetles, and cockroach nymphs are the insects that people mistake the most for bed bugs.
Another common misunderstanding is the concept that bed bugs are the size of apple seeds. This isn’t completely true as bed bugs are way smaller than apple seeds.
While adult bed bugs are typically just 4-5 mm long, the average apple seed is roughly 8 mm long (although after becoming engorged with blood, they can temporarily reach up to 7 mm). Bed bug nymphs are even smaller, starting at around 1 mm in length.
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