How Do You Know If You Have Bed Bugs?

December 11th, 2016

Bed bugs have become a scary threat, even out here in Vancouver. Fortunately, there are ways to get rid of bed bugs if they move in, as long as you figure out what’s going on quickly. Here are some tips on how to identify bed bugs and what to do if you need bed bug removal in your Vancouver home or business.

What is Biting Me?

The first clue will be the bites. Bed bugs feed during the night while you sleep, so you’re unlikely to catch one in the act. The welts are somewhat similar to mosquito bites; however, they usually appear in small groupings rather than single bites that are distinct and round, like mosquito bites. The bites will also be similarly itchy for most people, although different people react differently to the bites.

If you are getting bitten at night and you’re not sure what it is, there are a few more steps to take to determine whether you simply need screens to keep out mosquitoes or if you need bed bug removal. First of all, check your sheets for small dark brown or reddish-brown spots. This is the feces of bed bugs, and you might find it on the sheets or on the bed frame.

It is unlikely that you’ll be able to find and identify a bed bug yourself, but if you do find a tiny insect put it in alcohol and preserve it so you can show it to your Vancouver bed bug removal expert. Bed bugs are only millimeters long and may hide in cracks in the bed frame, floor, and walls or tucked in the seams of your mattress. If you call someone to come in for bed bug removal, they will first look carefully all through the house to see if they can find out what it is that is biting you.

What to Do First?

If you want to call a pest professional in for bed bug removal in your Vancouver home as soon as you have a bite, don’t hesitate. It’s true that the sooner you attack the problem, the easier it will be to get rid of the bed bugs. Be sure to collect any bugs, take pictures of your bites if you can’t see someone right away, and even take pictures of any tiny spots on sheets. The only thing worse than suspecting you might have a bed bug problem is hesitating to get someone in for bed bug removal right away.

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