How do you know if you have bed bugs?
Bedbugs are small insects that feed off of human or animal blood. Adult bedbugs usually have flat, brownish colored bodies, though their bodies become swollen and develop a deep-reddish color after they’ve eaten. They are about the size of an apple seed (about 5-7 mm long) and they do not have wings.
Bedbugs prefer to feed on their hosts at night and often leave a trail of itchy, red bites that form either a line or a cluster, usually on the arms, legs, neck, or face.
How do I know if I have bed bugs?
Examine your body before bed - if you wake up with itchy trail-like or clustered bites on your face, neck, arms or legs, that is a strong indicator that you may have bed bugs.
Look for small blood stains on your sheets and pillowcases. Also check the corners of your mattress or the corners of walls for small rust colored dots of bedbug excrement.
Bites alone are not enough to confirm the existence of bedbugs.
Look for egg cases or shed exoskeletons near or on your bed.
If you have an infestation of bed bugs, they can sometimes exude a sweet and/or musty odor.
Bedbugs like to live in small crevices in furniture. Examine your mattress thoroughly, including the boxspring and the frame. Look closely at seams in the frame and peel back fabric stapled to wood if you have to. Also be sure to examine any furniture near your bed.
Are bed bug bites itchy?
hey are usually itchy, although this depends on the person. The bites can also leave a red welt with a smaller red dot in the middle and are usually arranged in a line or cluster. In some people, however, bed bug bites can take up to two weeks to appear and even then may barely show at all. This is why it is important to look for other signs of bed bugs.
How long do bed bug bites last?
Bed bug bites usually take up to 10 days to heal.
Where do bed bugs bite?
They tend to go for areas of skin that are left exposed while sleeping, which are usually the face, neck, arms and legs.
How do you get bed bugs?
Bed bugs live in furniture, clothing, walls or any small crevices or seams. They can be transferred through second hand furniture or clothing, or through suitcases and boxes that move from one place to another. Sometimes bed bugs can even multiply to infest different apartments in an apartment building.
Bed Bug Facts:
- 5-7 mm long
- Flat, brownish colored bodies.
- Often leave a trail of itchy, red bites, typically forming a line.
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