How to Identify a Bed Bug

With the recent explosion in bed bug infestations, it's important to know how to identify a bed bug, and know where they may dwell. Below are some useful pointers to help you identify bed bugs, and keep your home free of them.

Facts about Bed Bugs

  • Bed bugs feed on the blood of sleeping humans.
  • They are brownish, flat, oval insects measuring about ¼-inch in length.
  • After feeding, bed bugs appear dark brown and engorged.
  • While bed bugs are not thought to carry disease, their bites can cause itching and allergic reactions.
  • The presence of bed bugs does not indicate poor sanitation or hygiene.
  • Chemical treatments by homeowners will not eradicate a bed bug problem.

Bed Bug Hiding Spots

  • Box springs
  • Headboards and bed frames
  • Beneath bedroom furniture and in drawers
  • Under rugs and carpet edges
  • Inside electronic equipment
  • Under picture frames and baseboards
  • Behind wall outlet plates and light switches
  • Upholstered furniture seams

Signs of Bed Bug Infestation

  • Red, itchy bites on hands, arms, face and neck
  • Shed bed bug skins that resemble peanut skins
  • Fecal and blood stains appearing as small dots on mattress seams or box spring

It is always best to contact a pest control professional to confirm a bed bug infestation.

What Should You Do to Prevent Bed Bugs??

  • Invest in a bed bug mattress cover to prevent bed bugs from biting and escaping. Do not move to another sleeping area because the pests will most likely follow, enlarging the area of infestation.
  • Wash bedding in hot water, and dry it for at least 20 minutes in a hot dryer.
  • Vacuum the bedroom thoroughly, and place the vacuum cleaner bag in a plastic bag immediately. Seal, and dispose of the bag outside your home.
  • Do not apply pesticides on your own. These chemicals can be dangerous, especially when used in sleeping areas. Bed bugs may scatter throughout the home, making the situation worse.
  • Save any bed bugs you find to show pest control experts and landlords.
  • Hang onto your bed and furniture. Furniture that is disposed of incorrectly can spread bed bugs to other areas of the home or even to other people. Many items can be treated by a pest control technician, saving you the cost of buying new furniture.
  • Do not assume that the absence of bites means you do not have a bed bug problem. Many people show no reaction to bites.

If you suspect you have a bed bug infestation, contact Capitol Pest for an inspection and treatment. We will let you know if you have an infestation, and we will address the problem before it gets worse.

Please contact Capitol Pest for safe, effective bed bug control by experienced professionals.