Six Certain Signs Of Bed Bugs In Your Washington D.C. Property

9/4/2020

There are certain pests that likely fill you with a sense of dread and disgust when you think about them. One of the grossest pests out there is bed bugs. These small pests live inside mattresses and cracks in the walls and come out at night looking to eat the blood of humans, leaving behind tiny bite marks.

a bed bug on human skin

While you likely know that bed bugs are able to bite humans and live in beds, you might not realize how they get into a house in the first place. The simple answer is that bed bugs are bloodsucking hitchhikers. You can pick them up while in places like buses, hotels, and even laundromats as they will take a ride on items like purses and luggage. Second, they can come into your home if you buy secondhand items that are already infested.

While it’s true that bed bugs are particularly small pests, if you know what to look for, you can see them. They’re not invisible. Bed bugs are reddish-brown bugs with flat, oval bodies except after they’ve eaten. Their heads are quite small in proportion to their bodies. 

What Do Bed Bug Bites Look Like?

While you might notice bed bugs by sight if you’re really looking for them, it’s much more likely that you’ll start to notice an infestation because of their bites. These bites are often the first sign of a problem, but you might not know how to tell these marks apart from other bug bites. This is what you should look for when trying to identify if you’ve been bitten by bed bugs:

  • Bites that are showing up anywhere that your skin is exposed while you sleep.

  • You might notice some irritation or inflammation, but these symptoms are usually minor unless you are allergic.

  • The bump will be itchy and raised with a clear or dark center.

  • Bite marks often appear in zigzag patterns or lines. 

  • Sometimes they can cause a burning sensation. 

You might also wonder why bed bugs only seem to bite at night. The simple reason for this is that bed bugs know when humans are inactive and when they have the best chances of getting a blood meal. They are actually able to smell the carbon dioxide that humans give off and identify when you are sleeping. 

What Are Other Signs Of Bed Bugs?

Bites are often the first and most obvious sign that you have bed bugs, but there are other telltale signs that your home has been infested, including:

  1. Tiny bloodstains on your sheets.

  2. Rusty looking spots on your bed, sheets, and even walls.

  3. A gross, musty odor that you hadn’t noticed before.

  4. The appearance of white eggshells.

  5. The discarded skins of bed bugs.

  6. Brown excrement marks on the seams of your mattress.

What To Do If You Notice Bed Bugs

Bed bugs are particularly tricky pests to remove because they are so small and so good at hiding in many crannies and crevices around your home. Instead of trying to deal with an infestation on your own and wasting valuable time and money, contact the experts at Capitol Pest at the first sign of an infestation. With more than 80 years of experience in Washington D.C., we provide reliable and customizable bed bug removal options. Give us a call today to request your free quote. 

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