With the growth of bed bug problems across the United States, it’s no surprise that you might think you have them and start itching when you get into bed. But it’s not always the case. Sometimes it’s just acne on the legs; other times, you might be itching because it’s winter and you have dry skin. So before you buy bed bug spray and start pouring bed bug control dust along the doorframes, it’s crucial to find out if you have bed bugs.
There are many ways to find out if you have bed bugs. Let’s look at the most common means of detecting bed bug bites.
Simply Look For Them
While bed bugs are small, most people with normal or corrected vision can see an adult bed bug quickly. Adult bed bugs are about the size of an apple seed and look brownish or reddish, depending on how recently they’ve had a blood meal. The nymphs can be considerably harder to see, especially if they haven’t fed and remain more opaque. The eggs are the hardest to find because they’re white (like the mattress) and about as small as a single number in the date on a penny.
Once you’ve found the bed bugs, get out the vacuum, steamer, and bed bug spray. A multi-pronged approach is the best way to ensure you get them at every stage of their life cycle.
Look For Their Leavings
“Leavings” is such a euphemism, so let’s call it what it is: you’re looking for their feces. Bed bugs might be good at hiding themselves, but like most creatures, they will defecate where they are. You’ll want to look for reddish-brown spots on your sheets and mattress. The feces is this color because it is your digested blood. We won’t sugarcoat this because the more awful the truth is, the more likely you’ll want to grab some bed bug-killing spray and start eradicating them.
If you’re having trouble finding the bed bugs or eggs, there is something that can help...(picture below)
Bed Bug Detector Light
If you’re still pretty sure you have bed bugs but can’t find them, here’s a unique tool that can help. Our bed bug detector light is set to a wavelength that causes bed bug feces and eggs to fluoresce. It’s the fastest way to find signs of bed bugs. It’s also a great “last sweep” option after you think you’ve got them all with vacuuming and spraying.
Bed Bug Traps
Bed bug traps serve many purposes, so we recommend them for bed bug eradication. For this blog, the most important thing they can do is verify that you have bed bugs. Place them at each foot of the bed and peel them open. The bed bugs will be drawn to them and get stuck. If you put these traps down and find bed bugs, then it’s obvious you have a problem. (Bed bug traps are also an excellent way to catch bed bugs as they climb onto the bed, stopping them before they find you. Not only that, but they can draw bed bugs down and out of the bed frame.)
Do you have bed bugs? We hope we’ve given you enough information to find out. Once you’ve verified that there is a problem, we look forward to helping you eliminate them with our wide selection of all-natural bed bug killers. Start right here!
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