10 Signs that Your Home has Bedbugs

The thought of bedbugs gives most people the willies. The good news is that bedbugs don’t carry any disease but they do feed on human blood and having to live with an infestation can be stressful.

Bedbugs are very tiny, flat, oval insects that are very skilled at playing ‘hide-and-seek’ in household furniture. An adult bedbug only can grow up to 7 mm (approximately the size of an apple seed) which is why bedbugs can live pretty much anywhere.

Here are 10 signs that you need to look out if you suspect that you have bedbugs in your home.

  • Itchy red spots when you wake up: The most detectable sign of a bedbug problem can be found on your skin. Bedbug bites are typically small. reddish, and can be very itchy. Such bites may also become inflamed. However, not everyone react to bedbug bites and there may be instances where red spots can't be found.
  • A noticeable a single fine line on your skin: Bedbug bites generally form a line and has a distinctive bite pattern on your skin; which is very different from a flea bite. Flea bites have a dot with a dark red center and are usually scattered around parts of your body.
  • Bedbugs don’t like long commutes: Bedbugs crawl over you each time they feed as they are unable to fly or jump. They are in danger whenever they expose themselves, which is why they usually come out of hiding only when they are hungry. This is why most bedbug infestations occur within 5 feet of places where you spend most of your time in.
  • Obvious blood stains on your bedsheets: Waking up with bloodstains on your bed linen, pajamas or your skin may indicate bedbug feeding. The accidental squashing of bedbugs whilst you sleep will also result in obvious bloodstains.
  • Dark, rust-coloured spots on your mattress: If you notice dark rust-coloured spots on your mattress it could also be an indication of a bedbug infestation. Bedbugs frequently leave fecal stains on bedding, accompanied by an unpleasant odour whenever they congregate in large numbers.
  • Dark spots on your walls: Though it might sound odd, bedbugs can also hide under wallpaper and leave fecal stains on your wallpaper & walls.
  • Finding a collection of bedbug shells: Bedbug egg shells & skin are white, husk-like specks. As bedbugs grow they shed their skin and you might find these shells on your mattress, between your sofa cushions or under furniture.

Here are some bonus facts about bedbugs:

If you’ve got a bedbug problem get in touch with us! The Ridpest team can definitely help you with your problem.

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