Life is filled with plenty of bugs, pests and insects. So many in fact, that it can be nearly impossible to tell one big from another. Since bed bug infestations have been in the news a lot lately many people assume a bug bite is a bed bug bite.
Treating nearly any kind of bug infestation can be time consuming and expensive and that is why it is important that you identify bed bug symptoms accurately before implementing a treatment plan. By recognizing the symptoms early on you can create the right treatment plan to get rid of bed bugs completely.
Bed Bug Symptom #1: Waste
One of the most common symptoms that you have bed bugs is bed bug waste. They leave behind their waste after you have been bitten. The spots will be somewhat darker than your mattress color, a light brown or faint yellow hue. Sometimes you will actually see dead bugs or bed bug skin on your mattress.
If you think you may have bed bugs look for symptoms like this. Be sure to inspect your mattress when you remove the sheets. If you wake up with an unknown bug bite, inspect your bedding for bed bug waste.
Symptom #2: Bites
One of first indicators that you may have bed bugs is the ever present bed bug bites. These most commonly occur overnight while you are sleeping either in bed, on a sofa or the floor. So look for bed bug symptoms when you wake up in the morning.
Differentiating bed bug bites from other bites means you need to inspect your bites closely. Look for these signs:
- The bites make you feel itchy.
- Red spots that are somewhat darker red in the center.
- A cluster or line of bug bites.
- Bites are located on exposed skin so look in placed that are not covered by your sleep attire.
The difficulty with using bed bug bites to determine if you have bed bugs is that not everyone has a reaction to bed bug bites. This is why it is so important to pay attention to the other symptoms as well.
Symptom #3: Blood
Although it is true that there are dozens of household bugs that bite the truth is that there aren’t many that will leave blood stains. A clear symptom that you have bed bugs is waking up to find blood stains on your sheets, pillowcases or other cloth material where you sleep or sit for long periods of time. Bed bugs often strike at night during sleep, however they are drawn to heat so you should also look for symptoms in common areas such as the television room, recreation areas and other gathering areas.
The spots of blood you find will be quite small but easily identifiable as blood. If you notice these stains, particularly after spotting bed bug bites, you probably have bed bugs.
Symptom #4: Odor
Many people don’t realize that even though bed bugs are quite small an easily identifiable bed bug symptom is their odor. The scent gland of bed bugs produces a musty odor that is often described as smelling like coriander. The smell is not pleasant. If you have an infestation of bed bugs you may begin to notice your home smells like moldy shoes or wet moldy clothes.
Since bed bugs are hard to spot their awful odor is one of the most prominent symptoms of an infestation. Smell under the mattress, near the headboard or underneath couches and chairs for rotten raspberries or an overwhelming odor of mold.
If you notice one or more of these bed bug symptoms then you need to inspect for any of the other symptoms. Most people begin to suspect bed bugs once bites have been discovered however it is important to keep an eye (or nose) out for the other symptoms as well.
Don’t ignore a musty older because it may be a wet towel but it may also be a bed bug infestation. Carefully search your bed, carpeting, upholstered furniture and curtains for signs of bed bugs.
Once you are aware of the symptoms you can start to develop a plan to get rid of bed bugs.