How To Tell If Your West Palm Beach Home Has A Bed Bug Problem

October 7, 2020

Bed bugs are one pest that you might dread finding in your West Palm Beach home. There is something particularly disgusting and these creepy pests that leave their hiding places at night to feed on humans.

a bed bug infestation on a mattress

However, there are some misconceptions about bed bugs. For one thing, they don't just hide in mattresses. While they do commonly live in mattresses, they are also commonly found in couches and even cracks in walls.

Another myth about bed bugs is that they are invisible to the human eye. While they are quite small, you can still see them. They are about the size of an apple seed.

Because you can see bed bugs, knowing what they look like can be a useful way to identify them. Here is what bed bugs look like:

  • They are a red-brown color.
  • They are usually flat except after they've had a blood meal.
  • They have small heads compared to their bodies.
  • Their bodies have a ribbed look.

What You Should Know About Bed Bug Bites

While you definitely can see bed bugs, there are other signs of an infestation you'll likely notice first. Once you suspect bed bugs, looking around your bedroom for an infestation can help confirm whether or not you have them. 
One of the first and most obvious signs of bed bugs is the bites they leave. These bites can appear anywhere that you're skin is exposed while you're sleeping. The bites usually show up in rows or zig-zag patterns, and they can be itchy and red.
While these bites can be quite uncomfortable, bed bugs aren't known to transmit diseases through their bites.

However, the bites can cause secondary infections through scratching, and severe cases can lead to anemia. Bed bugs can also lead to trouble sleeping and insomnia.

What Are Other Signs Of Bed Bugs?

While it's likely you'll find bed bugs in your bedroom, they can also spread to other areas of your house, especially as the infestation grows. You may find them on furniture, curtains, and cloth items of all kinds. 
Knowing the signs that bed bugs leave behind can help you identify and remove them faster.

  • Look for bloodstains on sheets and pillowcases.
  • Watch out for small, rusty spots on mattresses, sheets, and even walls.
  • Be aware that a sudden musty odor is also a common sign of an infestation.
  • Keep an eye out for eggshells that are a whitish color.
  • Look around your bed and baseboards to check for discarded bed bug skins.

What You Should Do If You Have Bed Bugs

Because of the dangers they pose and how difficult they are to remove, the best thing to do when you notice signs of bed bugs is to contact the experts at Native Pest Management.

It's nearly impossible to eliminate an infestation yourself, but our trained, experienced technicians can remove every bed bug to ensure that they don't keep coming back.

Instead of wasting time trying to deal with the problem on your own, give us a call today to request a FREE quote or book a bed bug removal service.

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