Bed bugs are a household enemy. They can be difficult to get rid of, and they’re hard to stop once they’ve infested your home. Fortunately, there are some signs that will alert you when bed bugs have made an appearance in your bedroom or other areas where you sleep. Here’s what you should look for:
1. You wake up with unexplained bites.
As a reminder, bed bugs are nocturnal and feed on blood. They can be found anywhere, including your bed. So if you wake up with unexplained bites on your body in the middle of the night—that’s a sign that something is happening!
Bed bugs bite during both sleep and wakefulness. While it may seem odd to think about getting bitten while sleeping or waking up from a nap, this happens to everyone at some point because they don’t want us to know what’s going on under their shells!
2. You find odd spots on your mattress or sheets.
If you find odd spots on your mattress or sheets, this could be a sign of bed bugs. Bed bug bites are often mistaken for mosquito bites and may look like small red dots or splotches. Bed bugs also have an unpleasant odor that can be detected by the human sense of smell.
Bed bug bites can appear in a variety of shapes and sizes—some people have large welts while others have small ones that only show up when they itch (which happens often). They may take the shape of a heart, star shape, or even “splashes” over certain areas of your body such as behind your earlobe or under your nose where it has been bitten repeatedly by these blood-sucking creatures.
3. You find dark-colored stains or red smear marks on your bedding or mattress.
If you find dark-colored stains or red smear marks on your bedding or mattress, this is an indication that bed bugs have been there. It’s important to note that these stains could also be caused by another type of blood-sucking insect, but it is most likely from a bug bite. Look for blood stains in the same areas where the bites occurred and check for any evidence of fecal matter (like black spots). The presence of any type of blood at all can be cause for concern so it’s best to get rid of the whole thing right away rather than risk spreading the disease further.
4. You start seeing small black dots around your home — especially in areas where you spend a lot of time, like the couch or your desk chair.
If you see little black spots appearing in your house, particularly in locations where you spend a lot of time, such as the couch or your desk chair, it’s time to take action.
Bed bugs might be difficult to detect if they are not moving very much. However, if they’re crawling around on your clothes and mattress, they’ve probably already bitten someone else. This is why it’s critical to keep track of where everyone sleeps at night – especially in regions where bugs are more frequent!
5. Observing Moltings from Bed Bugs
Moltings are a classic sign of bed insect infestations. When crushed, they give off a strong stench and resemble tiny white spots on their host’s skin. If you notice your bed insect molting, don’t panic! This implies that it is still alive and well, but only beginning to prepare for its upcoming molt cycle.
If you believe you have found a molt, take the following actions:
- Verify that it’s not dead! If you’re not sure if this is an insect molting or not, take a closer look (and not just some random spot).
- Is there anything else nearby the location on your mattress where you noticed what looks to be a little dot? Perhaps there is another insect lurking nearby where they are hiding?
6. Detecting Eggs or Egg Shells
Bed bugs are known for leaving behind small, oval-shaped eggs when they mate and lay their eggs. These eggs are about 1/32 of an inch long and no larger than a poppy seed. If you see these in your home, it’s likely that bed bugs were present at some point during those months; however, keep in mind that many other things besides bed bugs can cause this type of damage to furniture and fabrics (including mice).
- Look for these oval-shaped objects: They’ll be white or yellowish in color and will look like tiny puffs of cotton batting blown by the wind around the room where these have been deposited. They’re often found near where bed bugs have been seen as well as along seams between mattresses/couches/other furniture pieces where there’s more space available than ever before (think about how much easier it would be for someone who has just purchased a new piece of furniture without knowing what kind).
7. Finding Shed Skin (Cast) That Bed Bugs Leave Behind
The skin that bed bugs shed is a clear sign that you have an infestation. It’s usually found on mattresses or sheets and can be spotted in clusters, which makes it easier for you to find. Shed skins are usually black to brown in color, but some can be transparent or white depending on the age of the bug and its diet.
Shed skins appear as small pieces of dried-out material that cling to your mattress when you turn over your sheets in search of new ones—you may even find them sticking out from underneath your bed! If you do notice this behavior from your bedbugs, don’t worry: they will eventually die off naturally if they haven’t been fed recently (and if they’re still alive).
8. Spotting Live Adult Bed Bugs or Fecal Spots
Small, flat, brown, and red insects known as bed bugs consume both human and animal blood. They like hiding in shadowy areas where they may wait for an unwary person to pass by and drain their blood. Look for fecal marks on your mattress or box spring if you think you may have bed bugs; these are places where the insects have fed. Finding live adult bedbugs on your sheets or pillowcases is another indication that you may have a bedbug infestation since they leave behind feces when they pass away.
9. Odor Detection
An essential tool for the quest for bed bugs is odor detection. One of the most obvious indications that you could have bugs in your house is a pleasant, musty fragrance. You may smell the stench in your house, bedroom, and clothes. Additionally, the furniture or other things in your bedroom or living space may be emitting an odor. This is due to the fact that bed bugs consume blood, excreting it afterward.
10. Picking Up On The Presence of Bed Bugs From Pets
Pets can be another early warning sign of bed bugs. The presence of bed bugs in pets’ hair is a common occurrence, especially when they’ve been sleeping on an infested surface. You may also see some eggs on your pet’s tissue or skin, which would indicate that they have been bitten by bed bugs.
If you suspect that your pet has been infected with bed bugs, it’s important to exercise caution when handling them so as not to spread the parasite further into the home environment.
A Good Bed Made for Good Sleep
If you want to get the most out of your night’s rest, it’s important that your bed is comfortable. You can tell if something isn’t quite right with your mattress by seeing if there are any cracks or gaps in its surface—if so, this could signal that bugs have made their home inside! If you have pets or young children in your home, you may notice that they have bites on their bodies or even worse, live bedbugs in their beds! This is why it’s important to educate yourself on how these pests affect our lives every day. With this information at hand, you can be more informed when deciding whether or not an infestation exists in your house and what steps need to be taken next.