Bed bugs are a common pest problem in many areas across the country, but they are especially prevalent in large cities where people live close together and interact in public places. Bed bugs are bloodsucking hitchhikers that move into homes by attaching themselves to items such as purses, luggage, and furniture. You'll often find bed bugs in laundromats, public transportation, schools, and hotels, but they can be picked up almost anywhere while going about your regular errands and activities.
One thing you might have heard is that bed bugs are impossible to see with the human eye. However, the truth is that you can see them even though they are only about the size of an apple seed.
If you know what to look for and where to look, you can find an infestation, so we've provided a brief guide as to what bed bugs look like:
- They are a reddish-brown color.
- They have oval-shaped bodies.
- They have small heads in proportion to their bodies.
- They are flat until after they've had a blood meal.
What You Need To Know About Bed Bug Bites
You might notice bed bugs crawling around, but unless you're already looking for them, they usually aren't the first sign of an infestation. Instead, bed bug bites are often the first sign of a problem, so knowing what these bites look like is important.
Bed bug bites are usually red with a clear or dark center, and they show up in lines or zigzag patterns. They can show up anywhere on your body where the skin is exposed while you sleep, and they are often itchy.
Bed bugs bite while we sleep because they can sense the amount of carbon dioxide we give off while in bed, signaling that we are inactive. It's also important to understand that bed bugs can go up to a week without a meal, making it difficult to get rid of all of them at once.
Other Visual Signs Of Bed Bugs
While it's common to first notice bed bugs because of bites appearing after you sleep, there are other bed bug signs you can look out for around your home. These signs can help confirm that you have an infestation. It's also important to note that bed bugs aren't only found in mattresses or around beds; they hide anywhere throughout a dwelling, including in couches, curtains, or even holes in the walls.
Here are some of the most common signs of bed bug infestations:
- Small bloodstains on sheets and mattresses
- Rusty marks showing up on fabric items including mattresses, curtains, sheets, and walls
- Cream-colored eggshells appearing around your bed or near baseboards
- Discarded bed bug skins showing up around your home next to walls or furniture
What To Do If You Notice Bed Bugs
If you've noticed signs of bed bugs around your Brooklyn home, you might be wondering what to do next. These pests have a notorious reputation, especially around New York City, but you don't have to panic. The pest control experts at Bugs Are Gone Exterminating can handle any bed bug infestation. We use a combination of tried and true bed bug removal services to ensure that the infestation doesn't keep coming back.
At the first sign of an infestation, give our trained technicians a call at 718-735-2847 for your free quote.