Signs of a Bed Bug Infestation
Recent studies have indicated that a shocking 1 in 4 people traveling abroad have encountered bed bugs. Truth be told, that is probably one of the worst things anyone could imagine happening to them during their vacation: waking up to tiny burning, bleeding bites coming from something you can’t even find. A thing that a lot of people don’t know, however, is that the bed bugs you encounter in your hotel room might just come back with you, and then go on to infest your own bed. People’s reactions to bed bug bites vary; some will not notice any symptoms in particular, and some might experience a serious allergic reaction. Either way, it is safe to say that nobody wants to share their bed with these insects, so here are a few ways you can tell if you’re being infested:
- Dark stains on the mattress and dark spots on the bedding
- A strange, unpleasantly sweet smell in the bedroom
- Small blood stains on your sheets or pillowcase and strange itchy bumps on your skin
Bed bugs can be hard to detect, even during an actual inspection, especially at the early stages of infestation, when there are not that many bugs or eggs. Even qualified and experienced inspectors will have trouble finding a couple of bed bugs in an entire bed, or a few eggs latched onto your suitcase after a recent trip. Still, there are signs of a bed bug infestation that should not be ignored.
Dark stains on the mattress/bedding
Like any living creature, bed bugs defecate, and their excrement, though obviously very small, is quite visible if you know what you’re looking for. Dark/blackish stains or spots anywhere in your bedding or on your mattress are likely their faecal pellets.
A heavy, strangely unpleasant sweet smell
This sign may not be noticeable until the infestation is already well underway, unfortunately. However, people with a better sense of smell may notice it earlier on. Bed bugs exude a rather obnoxious, sweet but musty odor many have compared to that of rotten raspberries, and the smell is often most intense around the headboard, and sometimes from the entire mattress itself, as well.
Symptoms caused by be bugs’ contact with your body
Bed bugs are pretty small, usually about 4-5mm in length, and quite flat. But that doesn’t mean they don’t have teeth, as small as they may be, and those teeth will both leave marks and cause bleeding. So beware of tiny, unexplained blood stains that may have recently started appearing on your sheets or pillowcase, as there is definitely a good explanation as to how they got there. The same goes for the little, red, itchy bumps bed bug bits leave behind. Everyone has an unidentified bite on their body every now and then, but when this starts to become a regular occurrence, and especially if you seem to be noticing them after you get up, you should look into the cause and chances are, it’ll be bed bugs.
Bed bugs are not easy to actually find, seeing as how they do their work at night, under the cover of darkness, which makes it all the more necessary to take action as soon as you realize what’s happening in your bedroom. Females can lay 1-5 eggs per day in various crevices around your bed frame or the mattress itself, so the sooner you take action, the sooner you’ll be able to get a good night’s sleep again.