It may seem like a silly question, but if you have never had bed bugs – How DO you know if you have bed bugs for sure?
If you’ve never been a victim of bed bugs and their annoyingly itchy bites, consider yourself lucky…
Lucky because out of all the pest problems to have in the world, having an infestation of bed bugs has to be the worst of them all. But, how do you know if you have bed bugs munching away at your skin at night? In this short article, I’ll not only teach you how to easily figure this out, but I’ll give you some inexpensive solutions for this pest problem.
Bed bugs are members of the genus Cimex, and this species of insect loves to feed on human blood. They crawl out of their protective hiding spaces at night between the hours of 2 am and 6 am.
When they bite you, most likely you will not feel anything. This is because when they bite, they secrete a form of anesthesia into the bite area so they can successfully drink your blood without your knowledge. Bed bug bites rarely show up after the first day. It’s on the second day that you will start to notice little red bumps that are close together appearing on your skin. These bumps are following by an intense itching that I could only describe as a “frantic itch”. Imagine how a mosquito bite feels and multiply that by five. This is how most people describe bed bug bites.
Checking for bed bugs can be a very daunting task.
Why? Because they love to hid in the cracks and crevices under and around your sleeping area. Check under the bed, along the sides of your mattress, and in the bed frames for the possible nesting sites. You’ll know you’ve found bed bugs when you see little clear and brownish red insects either walking around or huddled up in a bunch in their nest.
What should you do if you find bed bugs?
First, wash all clothing in the infested room with hot water. Then proceed to dry the clothes for at least 30 minutes on high heat. This will kill the bed bugs that are alive and will also kill the eggs they lay. Take your bed apart, use a steamer or an iron on your mattress and go over every inch of it twice. I’m not exaggerating here, you need to make sure you iron every inch of your mattress to ensure you have killed the bed bugs and their eggs. Finally, take your bed frame, and spray rubbing alcohol on every inch because rubbing alcohol is a contact killer for bed bugs.
There are other signs of bed bugs that you need to be aware of as well. Sometimes you’ll see little black specks along the sides of your mattress. This is the feces from the bed bugs that is left after they feed. When in doubt, call an exterminator that uses heat to treat the bed bug problem and make sure they offer a warranty on their services because, unfortunately, you will rarely be able to kill all of them the first time.