For some people, the thought of bedbugs will cause itchiness on their bodies. Bedbugs don’t carry any disease but they feed on human blood and can be stressful to live in.
Bedbugs are very tiny, flat, oval insects that are very skilled at ‘hide-and-seek’ in household furniture. The adult bedbug only can grow up to 7 mm (approximately the size of an apple seed). This is why bedbugs can live pretty much anywhere.
Ten signs of bedbug infection that you should never ignore:
- Itchy red spots when you wake up
The most detectable sign of a bedbug problem may be found on your skin. The bites are typically small and red, and can be very itchy. The bite may also become inflamed. However, not all people react to bedbug bites which causes red spots on their bodies.
- Noticeable a single file line across upon skin
Bedbug’s bites generally form a line and has a distinctive bite pattern on your skin. You might be able to differentiate from the bites caused by fleas. The flea bites can be identified by a dot with a dark red center and are usually scattered around the body parts.
- Bedbugs don’t like long commutes
Bedbugs crawl over you each time they feed as they are unable to fly or jump. They’re in danger whenever they expose themselves, which they usually do only when they’re hungry. This is why bedbug infestation living within 5 feet or the places you spend most of your time.
- Obvious blood stains on your bedsheets
Waking up with bloodstains on your bed linen, pajamas or your skin may signal the presence of bedbug’s feeding. Sometimes the accidental squashing of bedbugs during your sleep will result in obvious bloodstains.
- Dark, rusty-colored spots on your mattress
If you notice dark and rusty-colored spots on your mattress it may signal bedbugs’ infestation. Bedbugs frequently leave fecal stains on bedding whenever they congregate in large numbers and you can be sure to have an unpleasant odor.
- Dark spots on your walls
Though it might sound odd, bedbugs can hide under wallpaper and leave fecal stains on walls or under the wallpaper.
7. You can find a collection of bedbug’s shells
The eggshells of bedbug are white, husks-like specks. When they grow, it shed their skin. Though you might find these shells in your mattress it’s also possible to uncover them between your sofa cushions or under the furniture.
- Do bedbugs fly?
No. Bedbugs can’t fly or jump either.
The maximum distance bed bugs can travel is 100 feet per night but they typically do not roam further than 20 feet, which is great news for us because we can control the spread of the infestation.
- Can be carriers
You might not realize that bed bugs can spread from person to person. If you visit a neighbor’s home or a hotel room that is infested with the bedbugs, you could carry them back with you to your home.
- Infestation from second-hand furniture or used mattress
One of the most common ways bed bugs are introduced to a home is through used and discarded furniture.