What Do Bed Bugs Look Like on Sheets?
Have you ever been bitten by something in your sleep, only to wake up and find red welts all over your skin? If this sounds at all familiar, you may, unfortunately, have bed bugs. Bed bugs are small, reddish-brown insects that feed on the blood of humans and animals. They can often be found in […]
Have you ever been bitten by something in your sleep, only to wake up and find red welts all over your skin? If this sounds at all familiar, you may, unfortunately, have bed bugs. Bed bugs are small, reddish-brown insects that feed on the blood of humans and animals. They can often be found in places like bedding, mattresses, and furniture, which is why they can be so frustrating to deal with. If you’re wondering if you’re dealing with a bed bug infestation in your home, here are some signs that you should look out for.
YOU FIND SMALL, ITCHY RED WELTS ON YOUR SKIN
Bed bug bites usually appear as small, red welts on the skin. They are often found in a line or a cluster and can be itchy and painful. These bugs also don’t stop at certain areas of the body, and it’s common for them to bite at your feet or even your fingers.
Depending on the severity of your reaction to the bites, they may itch terribly, and welts could grow to the size of a dime or more. While some people may not have much of a reaction to bed bug bites, it can still be a frustrating experience.
YOU FIND BLOODSTAINS ON YOUR BED SHEETS
Bed bugs feed on blood, which is why you may find small bloodstains on your bed sheets. These stains are usually from when they feed as you’re sleeping. They can also happen when they get squashed as you toss and turn throughout the night.
YOU FIND SMALL, BROWN BUGS IN OR AROUND YOUR BED
The most obvious sign of a nasty bed bug infestation is seeing the bugs for yourself. You’ll want to check your bed sheets for any black staining around the corners or little blood stains. These markings usually mean they’ve been feeding, breeding, and also defecating in and around the crevices.
Jordan Foster, pest management expert, said “The color of bedbugs can range from dark yellow to red to brown. An adult
bed bug is approximately 5mm long.” They are often found in mattresses, box springs, and furniture. If you suspect bed bugs are getting into your bed but can’t see any of these signs, you can get some fall traps to place at the foot of your bed’s base legs. These traps include raised dishes that the bugs won’t be able to get out of.
YOU FIND THEM IN OTHER PLACES IN YOUR HOME
If the problem has become more severe, you might begin to see bed bugs in other areas of your home. As mentioned before, they like to hang out in places such as couches, chairs, bedding, and even in carpeting because they can travel from place to place easily and quickly. They can end up in these places by traveling in bags, shoes, and clothing from an infected area such as school, daycare, or work. It’s always a good idea to check and clean your belongings thoroughly if you suspect or hear about nearby infestations.
If you think you may have bed bugs, it’s important to contact a professional pest control company. Bed bugs can be difficult to get rid of and will only get worse if they are not taken care of properly. An experienced exterminator will be able to get rid of the bedbugs efficiently so you can get back to sleeping soundly at night without worrying about something biting you at night. Once you’ve had their help, you can then thoroughly clean or dispose of any contaminated clothing, furniture, or bedding.