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Checking for bed bugs might not be part of your daily routine. But, the horrifying thought that some pesky bug is awaiting you by your bed’s crevice is enough to make you itch. Well, it’s not hard to see where their lousy reputation comes from. Bed bug bites are painful, itchy, and often lead to blistered welts.
These bugs are known to feed on chicken and domesticated animals- but their love of human blood makes them a freaky reality in most homes. Most of the new home infestations begin shortly after a vacation, and if proper precaution is not taken, the next thing that happens is a bed bug infestation in the entire home.
To the untrained eye, bed bug symptoms are quite hard to notice at first. They are often confused with other insect bites. But here are five signs to help you know whether you have a bed bug infestation in your home.
1. Red itchy spots
One of the most noticeable signs of a bed bug infestation is waking up with red itchy spots.
A bite from a bed bug will be typically small red, itchy and inflamed. They also tend to bite in small clusters or in zigzag lines. Even though they are not known to spread any diseases to humans, they tend to leave irritating bites, itchy enough to scratch until a blistered welt forms.
2. Having uncomfortable nights
Bed bugs are nocturnal; they prefer to spend their nights sucking blood from humans. But, they also seem to have mastered the art of anaesthesiology well, since it’s quite difficult to notice when they are biting. However, their bites do cause itchiness moments later, which disturbs your sleep.
3. A musty odor in your home
If you notice you have a musty odor in your home, then it can be a sign of these pesky bugs. In a large infestation, bed bugs release pheromones strong enough to create an unpleasant scent in your room- the kind a wet towel causes.
Therefore if you notice you have a musty smell in your bedroom, you need to have some inspection done.
4. Bloodstains on your bedsheets
As you toss and turn in deep slumber, you will accidentally squash some bugs feeding on you. This creates blood stains on your pajamas, bed linen or skin.
Therefore if you wake up and notice some bloody polka dots on your sheets, you need to have your house inspected for bed bugs.
5. Tiny white spots on your bed’s crevices
Bed bugs lay hundreds of eggs during their lifetime. Most of these eggs are usually placed in clusters within bed crevices.
If you notice tiny white eggs on joints of your furniture, get your house inspected for bed bugs immediately.