Lots of people wake up with a bite after a night in bed. Was it a mosquito or a bed bug or something else. In this video, BUGCO’s Darrell Mather answers your question — “how do I know I have bed bugs”! Call BUGCO Pest Control at 210-340-2847 for experienced, professional help.
That’s a great question! Our San Antonio pest control professionals are very experienced at spotting a bed bug infestation, but you may want to do some of the detective work on your own when you first suspect you may have bed bugs in your home.
First, it’s important to note that bed bugs aren’t something you just “get” – rather, they have to be brought into your home. Even if you haven’t had a used mattress brought in, consider whether a used couch, upholstered chair or bedding – even someone else’s blanket, pillow or sleeping bag, for that matter – could be the source of your home’s bed bug problem. Perhaps you stayed at a hotel with a bed bug infestation and brought back some of these little critters in your luggage. You might bring bed bugs back to your home just by visiting someone else’s home, if that home is already infested.
BUGCO responded to a case in the Houston area where a caregiver for an invalid may have inadvertently brought bed bugs into the home. They’re found in some of the most expensive hotels and some of the least expensive motels. They are the ultimate hitchhikers!
What Do They Look Like?
What do bed bugs look like? They are very tiny, and sometimes difficult to spot; plus, they often hide in the cracks and crevices of your furniture or mattress material. However, they are not impossible to see; because these flat, wingless, brown or reddish-brown bugs tend to leave clusters of dark brown or black spots behind (this is their excrement), you may be able to spot them that way. Plus, bed bugs often give off a sweet, musty odor. They also leave their exoskeletons in places like the bed frame or crevices in your mattress or foundation.
Of course, one of the most common ways to detect bed bugs is when you notice the bites on your skin. If you or any family members have unexplained, itching bites on the body, they may be an indication of a bed bug infestation. It’s important to get those bites treated immediately; a physician may be able to determine if they are indeed bed bug bites.
And, it should go without saying that an infestation must be addressed immediately. Throwing out your mattresses is simply not enough; you need a professional to evaluate the severity of the infestation and then treat your property to eliminate it entirely. If you suspect you may have bed bugs in the home, contact BUGCO Pest Control right away.
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Transcript of the How Do I Know I Have Bed Bugs Video
– Hello this is Darrell with BUGCO Pest Control that make the bugs go. I just wanted to try to address one of the concerns that was brought to us recently which was, “How do I know I have bed bugs?”
There are a few tell tale signs that you really want to look for when you’re trying to protect yourself from any potential infestation of bed bugs. It’s going to be really easy to spot it once you start looking. You’ve got to do a little detective work. One, how do bed bugs get introduced? They’re hitchhikers. You could’ve went to somebody’s house that maybe they have ’em on the couch or in the bedroom. They got introduced from somewhere at a friend or family’s house just like they got introduced to your house. All it takes is one bed bug introduced into your residence and before long you could have an infestation.
Some of the tell tale signs is if you wake up and you have almost a rash or a bite-like symptom on your skin, it’s going to look as if though it was a mosquito bite or a flea bite. It’s not going to welt up like ants normally do, or like fire ants specifically. If you have reason to believe that you have it, you might be confusing it with a mosquito bite or something you get from outside.
What you want to do is you want to start looking at the beds along the seams. Lift up your top sheet, lift up your fitted sheet and start looking along the seams of the mattress as well as, if you’re inclined, you can pick it up and you can look at the box spring. Some of the things that you might notice are if you don’t see any bed bugs right away, some of the things you might notice are little black dots in the seams, possible exoskeletons, which just looks like an old bug shell.
If you can’t identify it as a live one, you might be able to identify it as one that’s passed away or deceased, or one that molted its old skin. Also some of the things you might be looking for are on the top sheets or on the fitted sheets, even on pillows. If you see little black, or red, or brown dots, there’s a distinct possibility that that is evidence of bed bug activity. If you believe that you have any of these signs, so the dots on the sheets; fitted sheets, top sheets, pillows; any sort of black matter that’s kind of collected in a cluster in the seams of the mattress, that’s definitely a sign of bed bug activity.
Of course, any types of red marks, welts, or bite marks that’s kind of reminiscent of mosquito bites, ant bites, flea bites. However, you haven’t been outside, you didn’t have it when you went to bed the night prior, or you have no reason to believe that you have any of those infestations in the house.
When we are in doubt and you think it could be one of those others then you start looking for the signs in and around the bed area. That’s also applicable to office chairs. You could do the same thing and search there. You also need to search in couches. Searching the beds, searching the couches, searching the couch cushions and pillows, as well as any office chairs or other similar chairs, La-Z-Boys or recliners. These are places where people sit for long periods, or lay for prolonged periods, that make it easy access for bed bugs because they are lazy, they don’t move very quick, so they like to hang out and local spots where humans are going to be. Those are some signs of bed bugs and some of the things that we should do to identify whether or not you have an infestation.
If you try to self treat, just be very cautious that it doesn’t drive them into hiding where it could potentially cause them to breed and then come back with a higher population than previous. That’s a little thing that we always want to be concerned with. If we were to come out and have a treatment, or you wanted to conduct a treatment at your location, then end result is we’re going to come back in two weeks after the initial treatment, hopefully we don’t have to apply any additional chemicals or any additional methods of treatment at that time because it was successful.
If there still is activity, or if they’re getting reintroduced, which is always a possibility, then you will have a warranty period. Honestly, at the end of it, a successful bed bug treatment is going to ensure that you’re sleeping soundly at night, that there are no bed bugs, but we have to be cautious and knowledgeable about these things. Where did they come from? Did they come from your friend’s house? Did they come from work? If we can alleviate the place where they were introduced, maybe you went to a hotel on vacation, where they had it and you brought it back.
We have to identify that and if we can find the culprit, then we can not only alleviate the problem at your house, but ensure you’re not bringing it back. If you do have any questions you can always call us. I just want to say thanks for watching and if you’d like a quote, or if you have any questions about treatment you can always call us at 210-340-2847, or visit us at www.BUGCOSA.com. Thanks again for watching.