Bed Bug Symptoms Find Proof! | Debedbug

Post date: April 6th, 2019

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Checking for Bed Bug Symptoms

If youve arrived at this page, you like dealing withsomeinvisible pest thats been biting you.

Whether or not that something turns out to be bed bugs, I hope that you find the cause and solution quickly! While time is of the essence when it comes to pest control, treating for the correct pest is even more important.

Choosing to educate yourself about bed bugs is a long-term investment that costs only a little time.

How do you know if you have bed bugs? The best way to zero-in on themis through a properly conducted diagnosis.

If youre interested in preventing bed bugs, the page on the very subject is full of information; theIntegrated Pest Managementpage is also brimming with information crucial to bed bug prevention and should be considered required reading.

This page will focus on where to look for bed bugs, as well as how to verify telltale symptoms and signs.

I will do my best to give you the knowledge and tools required to determine if the things giving you grief are actually bedbugs, rather than one of the many common pests commonly mistaken for them.

While I cannot promise 100% accuracy on your diagnoses, if you follow all the steps advised, you will be much better equipped when reaching out to a professional at the very least. After all, knowing the enemy is half the battle!

Keep in mind that bed bugs are highly mobile; it is best to verify and share your discovery with unit neighbors if you do find them or have a strong suspicion, lest they come back to you after professional treatment for vengeance.

Once bedbugs have been found in a room, it is safest to assume that more may be hiding throughout the home or in tangential units.

Be deliberate and thorough, and this too shall pass.

In the search for bed bugs, it is certainly helpful to have a description of what they physically look like at all stages of life.

This portion from the ultimate bed bug guide will serve you well for that.

The Pictures page is avaluable resource as well that will help you see exactly where and what to look for when on the hunt for bed bugs and their signs.

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When lookingfor bed bugs, your relative sensitivity to their bites really determines whether or not you will be able to pick up on that most obvious of symptoms earlier or later on.

It would be excessive and undue if you were to take any mysterious bite in the night as proof of bed bugs, however, there are certain feeding habits and bite patterns that are considered likely signs of bed bugs.

There are a few tools that will help you diagnose bed bug symptoms much more easily.

Namely, bed bug monitors and traps have the potential to save you thousands by helping to detect bed bugs early. Theyre very affordable Id even consider them cheap compared to the potential savings and longevity!

I recommend bed post interceptors to anyone living in apartments or other multi-unit building because theyre effortless and highly effective. All there is to it is placing dishes with pit traps in the on your bedposts.

Bed bugs, if they ever do come about, will have to crawl into the pitfalls on their way to you as you sleep. They wont get further than the traps if youve got them.

Heres a bite from the bed bug traps page that you can use to easily compare passive bed bug monitors.

Bites range in their symptoms but are generally described as flat or slightly raised red bumps or rashes.

You can look for such raised welts anywhere that skin is exposed during sleep. Your neck, back, arms, hands, feet, and legs are wherebed bugs will normally bite.

Anecdotally, bed bugs prefer to feed where there is less body hair. This may help in determining if your problem is a different bug should your bites be somewhere hairy and well-covered during sleep.

In some people, it takes several hours to days before bed bug bite symptoms manifest themselves. This makes bites a less reliable symptom to watch out for.

Others do not react to bites at all; a blessing and a curse. Where one person could wake up with a single row of bites and begin taking preventative action, a person that does not react is much less likely to catch on until an infestation is much worse.

If you find that there does not seem to be any connection between bites that youve found and sleep, it is unlikely that bed bugs in your home are the actual perpetrators.

You may be exposed to them somewhere else; workplace infestations are increasingly commonplace in recent years.

Theymightget in your home soon should that be the case.

Outside of signs found directly on your body, you can look to the typical spaces that bed bugs like to inhabit for symptoms.

Dark brown or black stains found on or around mattress seams, sheets, behind headboards, beneath or in box springs, or in night stands are given byproducts that experts look for first. Such stains are a result of fecal matter and undigested blood meals being inevitably secreted.

Small, dark, and well-secluded spots near the bed are all prime real estate for bed bugs.

Spots of blood foundon bedding are good indicators and can signify where a bug has been crushed shortly after or during feeding.

A few wayward bugs being squashed is typical when infested as a side-effect of itching and turning during sleep.

As discussed in the information section, the musky sweet buggy smell that some sources recommend looking out for typically only manifests in severe cases of infestation.

By the time that you can detect bed bugs by smell, it is likely already very obvious that you have them, unless you have an especially gifted nose.

Physical remnants like eggs, eggshells, and molted skins are left behind during the natural life cycle of bed bugs. These immobile and non-hiding pieces of evidence can be very valuable in identifying your problem.

Professional and amateur pest professionals are able to connect molted castings to the bugs that left them.

You can find pictures of these remnants to compare with in the picture gallery.

Molts and eggshells will slowly amass in the same corners and crevices that bed bugs typically live.

The Where to Find Bed Bugs at Home section will go into more detail about where to look for these symptoms.

The most definitiveform of evidence is, of course, an actual bed bug! You are much more likely to find a dead bed bug than a living specimen.

The dead bug is completely usable for identification purposes.

If you do embark on the quest to capture a live one, I recommend bringing along a strip of clear tape. Once you find one, simply trap it between two sticky sides of tape.

While you can easily see bed bugs with the human eye, this method will allow you to take a focused close-up picture to post on the web or share with a professional.

Bed bugs look very different during their various stages of development.Having an idea of what each looks like is highly recommended. You can learn more about these nymph stages and see picture examples here.

Keep in mind the most common risks of exposure to bed bugs before being worried about a potential infestation.

Acquiring used furniture, traveling both domestically and internationally, and contact or proximity with infested neighbors are all prime means of introduction to bed bugs.

If any of these circumstances is relevant to you and symptoms are starting to show, it is best to be on high alert and take action! You can read specificallyabout where bed bugs come from and preventing them at theBed Bug Prevention page.

Heres a quick checklist of bed bug symptoms!

For pictures of the all of the above, you can visit the Bed Bug Pictures page.

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To better help you in your search for bed bug signs, Ive developed the following printable.

To print this file:

Carry it with you as you scour your home for stains and eggs so you dont have to touch or carry your phone!

Interested infull-resolution or black and white versions of this printable? Check out the comprehensiveDebedbug ebook.

It comes with four more crucial printables, and a bunch of condensed information. Check it out forfree its the fast track guide to going fromvictim to hero!

Click here for more information.

Bed bug infestations do not crop up overnight.

The days and weeks leading up to a full-fledged outbreak hold a series of telltale signs that you may be able to pick up on, given that you are paying attention and know what to look for.

Bed bugs, similar to most pests, are a compounding problem. Requiring a base population as small as a singular egg laying female to begin, their numbers can eventually explode as successive fertilized females produce their 200-500 eggs.

Under optimum conditions, bed bugs are able to develop from egg to egg laying in as little as five weeks.

Five weeks can seem like a long time, but in many cases their ability to stay well hidden is enough to build their numbers well before you catch on.

Even if only one bug is present, a bite has to occur. Eggs cant be produced, and physiological development is impossible without a blood meal.

This is one of the few circumstances in which you might consider yourself lucky if you are highly reactive to bed bug bites.

If, for example, you were to wake up one day with a single row of two or more (typically three) bites in a line, you might begin to suspect a lone hitchhiking bed bug.

If that same bite pattern was to appear three to five days later, your suspicions could be enforced given that such behavior follows the typical feeding habits and schedule of common bed bugs.

Several rows of three, however, might indicate the presence of more than one feeding bed bug. You will almost never see a bed bug during the day unless you have a severe infestation.

As infestations persist and advance, symptoms are amplified and made more obvious.

Bites increase in frequency, intensity, and sheer numbers; dark spots of feces gradually become larger collective smears and molted castings and eggshells pile up until they are difficult not to find.

In spite of this, they will continue to wait in hiding during the day and are capable of matching a hosts sleeping pattern should that be more advantageous.

Newly fertilized females eventually begin to move away from your bed to locations with less competitionand further from danger before safely laying their eggs.

While bites are not the best way to diagnose bed bugs by any means, understanding their bite mechanisms and the marks they leave may help you diagnose them very early on.

Bed bugs are much easier to deal with if diagnosed within the first two months of infestation. You can read more about early detection here.

Once competition grows adequately, bed bugs will find it necessary to branch out and away from crowded and filthy hiding spots to nearby spaces, or to a neighboring room or unit.

Competition may be so fierce that a few bed bugs even make attempts to feed during the day while a host is on a couch or recliner.

This stage of bed bug urban flight distinctly complicates the problem and makes them far more difficult to exterminate. At this point, treatment on a large scale becomes necessary and efforts to resolve the issue personally will be in vain.

If nothing is done in spite of the now irrefutable signs, bed bugs have the potential to completely overrun a home.

You are much more likely to move out and abandon all your belongings instead.

You will be able to smell them, see them in broad daylight, and intimately understand a torment not known to many. You will absolutely need a pest control operator specializing in bed bugs at this point.

Getting a professional to track down your problem is a surefire way to get an accurate diagnosis with little fret on your part.

You pay a premium for peace of mind as well as the opportunity to have your infestation taken care of before it becomes unmanageable and much more expensive.

When selecting a firm or service to trust, it is important to ensure proper certification, up-to-date methods, and established parameters of service.

For a detailed checklist that will help you select a pest control operator, check out the linkhere.

As always, theres a printable and guide for any issue youre facing in the ebook.

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When searching for bed bugs, it is helpful to keep in mind that they prefer to make their homes close to where their host sleeps.

This, in conjunction with the knowledge that they are comfortable squeezing into cracks, folds and other tight places, creates a good heat map of where to look.

Anything touching your bed is a good place to start: the mattress itself, bed frame, box spring, the creases of bed linens, behind headboards and backboards, and the small spaces between all these things are likely to have traces of bed bugs if they are present.

Keep in mind that bed bugs are attracted to wherever hosts take extended periods of rest. If prone to taking naps on a couch or recliner, know that youll likely find them there if youve found them in your bedroom.

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