There are very few thoughts as disturbing as the thought of sharing a bed with bugs. If thinking about sleeping next to creepy crawlies causes you to lose Zs, there is one pest in our area you should know about. Bed bugs are small parasitic insects that love crawling into beds and feeding on the blood of people. If even the thought of that disturbs you to your core, we have a few things you should know. More specifically, we have four easy-to-spot signs to know if your Savannah home has bed bugs.
Live Bed Bugs
One common misconception about bed bugs is that they are microscopic pests and cannot be seen by the naked eye. The reason many people think this is true all comes down to one simple fact; bed bugs are excellent at hiding. When bed bugs infest a home, they go out of their way to stay out of sight. If you do manage to see one of these pests, identify it by its ¼” long, reddish-brown, shield-shaped body. When it fills up with a blood meal, a bed bug grows to be upwards of five times its original size and takes on a deep red coloration to its abdomen.
To inspect your home for live bed bugs, we recommend checking under mattresses and box springs. Thoroughly inspect inside cracks, crevices, and creases and do a once over of your bedroom and rooms adjacent to it. Keep in mind that bed bugs are adept at hiding and are likely to illude your inspection.
Dried Spots Of Blood
Bed bugs are sloppy eaters. When consuming blood these pests often overeat, a habit called “dribbling” that results in tiny blood spots around areas bed bugs feed. If you are being bitten by these pests nightly, you might start to notice some of these bloodstains on your bed linens and around your sleeping area. If you find any bloodstains on your bed, check your body first for scabs and cuts before jumping to the conclusion that your home has bed bugs.
Tiny Specs Of Fecal Matter
After a bed bug finishes processing a blood meal, it excretes the unneeded components out of its body. These excretions are reddish-black and look similar to coffee grounds. Areas most likely to have such excretions include around the edges of your mattress and boxspring, near baseboards and door frames, on outlets, or near the cracks and crevices around your home.
Bed bugs are not the most rapid breeders: compared to a fly that lays over 500 eggs a day, a female bed bug only lays one. These 1mm long, pearly-white eggs are typically laid inside cracks and crevices throughout a home and take anywhere from six to ten days to hatch. Once hatched, immature nymphs then take five weeks to fully mature.
What To Do If You Suspect Bed Bugs
If you thoroughly inspect your home and suspect it has bed bugs, your next step should be to get an expert involved. At Pestmaster® Services - Savannah, GA, we take great pride in our comprehensive bed bug control services.
If you are looking for a fast and effective way to remove these sleep-wrecking pests from your home, our team is here to help. Contact us today to schedule your home for a visit or speak to one of our friendly service representatives about our other pest control options.