Knowing the signs and symptoms of a bed bug infestation is the first step of the removal process. The earlier you can identify the presence of bed bugs, the better. These insects are notoriously difficult to manage as they hide very effectively and they resist many store-bought pesticides. Within no time at all, a small bed bug problem will become overwhelming. Call bed bug removal for quality inspections and pest control treatments.
Bed bugs are little blood-sucking insects that look a lot like apple seeds. They have six legs and flat, oval-shaped bodies that are brown in colour. As they feed only on our blood, bed bugs hide in human bedrooms during the day and come out at night to feed. Bed bugs have elongated beaks they use to pierce our skin and extract blood for about 5 minutes at a time. To avoid waking up their victims, the insects release a chemical that temporarily numbs their victims’ bite wounds. They gorge themselves on every meal so they can continue hiding for a long time. The average bed bug feeds every 5 to 10 days.
Stained sheets are a common sign of a bed bug infestation. Bites sometimes result in spilled blood that appears in small reddish-brown droplets on the bed sheets. Bed bugs that become crushed by their sleeping victims also stain the sheets with smears of fresh, reddish-brown blood. Fecal stains may also be found on the bed sheets, appearing as clusters of dark, rust coloured or black specks that are about the size of a dot from a marker. Other signs of an infestation include the presence of tiny white eggs, shed yellow skins, and the appearance of itchy little red bumps on the victim’s skin.
If you think there might be bed bugs in your home, look for these stains on your bed sheets and examine the affected bedroom closely. Lift the mattress out of its bed frame and check the seams for bed bugs, feces, and eggs. Using a flashlight, look in the grooves of the bed frame and within the box frame or wooden slats. Check every nook and cranny of the bed. Then, empty out the night table and other nearby furniture and look in those as well. Bed bugs also sometimes hide in power outlets, loosened wallpaper, curtain folds, picture frames, and baseboards.
You should contact a professional pest remover immediately at the first sign of an infestation. Bed bugs spread quickly and are very difficult to get rid of without the help of a licensed technician. Professionals have access to the most effective tools and products to properly get rid of any bed bug problem. Our team uses a combination of insecticides and steam treatments that break the bed bug reproductive cycle and prevent them from coming back. Call The Exterminators – Pest Control Mississauga today: 647-496-2211.