Are you worried that your home has a bed bug infestation in its midst? Do you cringe at the idea of bed bugs ever making their way into your home? If so, then you need to learn all that you can about the bed bug signs you should be looking out for. Doing so can help you reach out for help before the situation worsens. If you wait too long or ignore the signs, you’ll have an infestation on your hands. See below for an in-depth guide on the early signs of bed bugs and what you should do when you notice them.
1. Blood Marks on Your Mattress Don’t worry, when we say “blood marks”, we don’t mean that your mattress will look like one of those crime scenes that you see on CSI shows. In fact, these blood marks are so tiny and minuscule that, to the untrained eye, they don’t look like blood at all. You might be surprised to find out that bed bugs are blood-sucking bugs. They’re also sloppy eaters, so they’ll leave traces of the blood they eat behind, mainly on your mattress and sheets, but it could be located on other furniture as well. The blood that you’ll find on your furnishings isn’t red at all. It has a brown or black color to it, since it’s blood that the bed bug has digested and—yes, you’re correct—defecated onto your fabrics, mattress, couch, etc. If you suspect that you have bed bugs in your home, here’s an exercise to help you determine that. Simply walk up to your mattress and undo the sheets at the foot of the bed. Scan the top of the mattress, then lift it to look at the underside of the foot of your mattress. If you notice any signs, it’s time to get the bed bug protection that you need. Hire a professional bed bug control service for both preventative and reactive services.
2. Strange Smells This explanation is a little disgusting, but hear us out! Some of the bloodstains you’ll find from bed bugs on your mattress are the result of you crushing and killing them while you sleep.
Although infestations are common, bed bugs actually don’t travel in colonies as ants do. That said, they’re happy to alarm their fellow bed bugs to any threats against their well-being.
If you’ve noticed strange odors inside your home, commercial offices, etc, then it might be coming from an infestation, not the leftover pasta in your refrigerator. One of the scents that you might pick up on may have a strong, yet sweet scent to it. This is what’s known as an alarm pheromone. It’s a defense mechanism that all bed bugs have. As the name would suggest, the scent is used to alert other bed bugs to the threats of your home.
Here’s the thing: bed bugs don’t just have one scent for their alarm pheromones. Even though these odors are meant to warn t