Bed bugs travel extremely easily- you can get bed bugs in your home from a hotel that has bed bugs, or from having visited a home that is infested or even from a neighbor. Once bed bugs make their way into your home, they multiply quickly and use humans as their primary food source. And unfortunately, they can be hard to spot in their early stages. Here are five signs that you may need to call a bed bug exterminator:
1. Bites: If you are noticing multiple bug bites that are close together, you may want to blame bed bugs instead of mosquitos. In many cases, bed bug bites are small and in patterns of three to five. However, some individuals may have a stronger reaction to the bites which may result in larger, more swollen bumps that look like mosquito bites.
2. Blood: If you are finding tiny spots of blood in your bedding, bed bugs may be to blame.
3. Brown Spots: These are actually bed bug excrement and can be found anywhere on the bed.
4. A Strange Smell: Bed bugs secrete an offensive odor. If your bedroom smells funky days after a good cleaning, it’s time to check for bed bugs.
5. Moving Apple Seeds: Adult bed bugs are brown and about the size of an apple seed. If you are seeing bugs around your bed, try flipping the mattress to check for more.
Once bed bugs invade your home, they are extremely difficult to exterminate. If not all bugs are killed during a treatment, they will simply keep coming back. If you have bed bugs, the best thing to do is to call in a pest control expert who can then help you prepare for the extermination process to help ensure that the pests do not resurface.