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Visual Evidence of Bed Bug Infestations

If you have or believe that you have a bed bug infestation, it is better to catch it early before the infestation spreads or makes their nests. Exterminating an early infestation is more simple and cost effective than treating a more established infestation that may be more spread. 

On the other hand new or small infestations may be very tricky to identify. like looking for a needle in a hay stack. Mistaken identity of bed bugs or bed bug bites is also common, allowing them more time to take hold within your home or business. Bed bug bites can look very similar to hives or bites from other insects making them not fully reliable for diagnosing a potential infestation. Correctly identifying your pest quickly and efficiently is essential for greater success rates in wallet friendly exterminations.

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Signs of Bed Bugs

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Reliable methods of identifying and finding bed bugs are looking for the visual ques of an infestation or using specially trained canines that are keen to the smell of bed bugs they give off as they release pheromones, lay eggs, or leave droppings. Visual ques of an infestation include:

  • Reddish brown or rusty looking stains on sheets or bedding

  • Black dots that would fecal matter after feeding in cracks, crevices and seems. These will look painted on, stained in the wood.

  • Eggs and egg shells will have a pearly yellowing white coloration. They look similar to small grains of rice but smooth and pearly. Eggs will also glow under a black light.

  • Bug casings are tan to light brown and will be found in hidden pockets, nooks and crannies near their host's resting locations.

  • Live adult bed bugs are roughly the size and coloration of an apple seed, being brown to darker brown.


Where to look for Bed Bugs

Bed bugs are roughly the width of a dime meaning they like to create their nests and will remain in the out of the way darker reaches most of the time other than feeding or seeking food. This may include but not limited to:

  • Seams of the Bed, bedframe, Couches, Chairs, cushions, curtains, back packs, and luggage containers.

  • Joints, cracks, screw heads and under drawers of Night stands, dressers, bed frames and bookshelves near resting areas.

  • Within baseboards, electrical receptacles, switches, wall hangings and wall to ceiling junctions.

  • Stacks of papers, books, files, records and boxes near by.

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