How To Tell If You Have A Bed Bug Problem In Your Monmouth County Home


March 17, 2021

Some people are just built differently when it comes to sleep. Do you personally know someone who lays down at night and falls asleep immediately? It's a talent that many of us wish we had, as studies show that 27 percent of people have trouble falling asleep on a nightly basis.

Keeping all of this in mind, finding ways to get to sleep and sleep well is generally important, and the last thing you need is something keeping you up at night. If you value your rest, then bed bugs are the last pest you want crawling around inside your Monmouth County home at night. To help you identify these sleep-wrecking pests inside your living areas, here are a few signs they leave behind.

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Blood Stains

Bed bugs are sloppy eaters. This is best seen in the blood that leaks out of their mouths and is left around sleeping areas. The best way to know if the bloodstains on your bed coverings are left by bed bugs is to check your body for scabs, cuts, or other wounds that might have opened during the night. If you don’t find anything, or if you find a series of small bites, often in a line, then there is a good chance bed bugs are biting you while you sleep.

Fecal Droppings

A bed bug's fecal matter is a blackish-red color. If you have bed bugs, you'll find bed bug excrement along baseboards, around outlets, inside the creases of mattresses and box springs, and near cracks and crevices around your home. Droppings will regularly smear into fabrics and create unsightly streaks.

Eggs

Bed bugs lay their eggs in secluded areas that are usually difficult to access. To search your home for eggs, we recommend checking cracks and crevices, behind outlets, inside box springs, and in other hard-to-reach places using a flashlight. Identify bed bug eggs by their cream color and elongated oval shape.

Shed Skin

A bed bug goes through five stages of development before reaching adulthood. Between each of these stages, it molts. This process leaves behind casings and pieces of shed skin. You are most likely to find shed bed bug skin around sleeping areas and other places bed bugs hide around homes.

Bite Marks

One way to tell if your home has a bed bug infestation is if you keep waking up and finding bite marks on your skin. Now, not just any bite marks indicate bed bugs. When these pests bite, they bite multiple times in a straight line or zig-zag pattern. They will also gravitate towards areas of skin that are exposed while you sleep. However, not everyone reacts the same to bed bug bites. 70 percent of people react to bed bug bites in either a physical or visible way. Some do not react at all and have no way to tell if they are being bitten at night.

Why Bed Bugs Are Hard To Treat And How To Get Them Out Of Your Home

Bed bugs are considered in the pest control world to be specialty pests, which means they are not eliminated or prevented in the same way most pests are treated for, and are not handled using general pest control measures. Part of the reason for this is the fact that bed bugs are resistant to many pest control products. Another reason has to do with how they invade homes, hitchhiking rides in on items rather than crawling or flying in through entry points in a home’s exterior. 

If you suspect your home has a bed bug infestation, your first step should be to call the professionals at Pride Pest Service. Our team has the training, advanced pest control treatments, and industrial-grade technologies needed to identify and eliminate these harmful pests. Reach out to us now to schedule effective bed bug control in Monmouth County, NJ, and find a quick solution to your pest problems.

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