How To Spot Bed Bug Problems In Your Las Vegas Home
May 29, 2020
Despite popular belief, bed bugs aren’t only found in beds. These nocturnal parasites congregate wherever there is frequent human activity. Seeing as a blood meal is what they feed on, and they cannot survive without it, staying close to their food source is absolutely essential. While some bed bugs do feed on the blood of poultry and other birds, most of them rely on human blood as their main source of food. That’s why infestations can start out in all kinds of businesses and commercial facilities.
Places like hotels and schools are filled with all different kinds of people on a regular basis. There’s a constant influx of people entering and exiting the building, and it can be hard to control what they bring in, what they take out, and what kind of pest activity they could be attracting. This goes for office buildings, healthcare facilities, retail stores, and many other places with a lot of human activity.
So, how do you know if you have bed bugs? It’s good to be aware of the basic characteristics, although it’s rare to catch a bed bug in the open. Because they’re only active at night when we’re asleep, we seldom get to see them in action. Regardless, here are some of the main identifiers to help you accurately detect these bloodsucking culprits.
Bed Bug ID
- Color – Reddish-brown/mahogany (redder after feeding)
- Body – Flat, oval-shaped, broad (swollen and elongated after feeding)
- Features – Have antennae, six legs, and no wings
- Size – Measure up to 3/16’’ long; around the size of an apple seed
Trying to spot these little pests can be a big waste of time. They’re very skilled at hiding away, waiting until their host is sleeping, so they can stealthily sneak in a meal. While they’re most often associated with beds, box springs, and mattresses, bed bugs also hide behind baseboards, upholstery, wallpaper, picture frames, and other remote areas. If you’re trying to figure out whether or not you’re experiencing bed bug activity in your Las Vegas home, there are some telltale signs to look out for.
Common Signs Of Bed Bugs
- If you wake up with a linear formation of little red bites that you didn’t go to sleep with the night before, you likely have a bed bug infestation on your hands.
- You may discover eggshells and molt skin shedding around harborage areas. Throughout a bed bug’s life cycle, they develop and leave discarded remnants behind them.
- There may be small red spots on your bedding and linens. These are stains left behind after bed bugs finish feeding on your blood at night.
- Watch out for rusty, dark excrement, and fecal spots on your linens, upholstery, mattresses, clothing, and walls. Bed bugs leave these behind in hiding spots and active areas.
- You may notice a strong, musty odor. This moldy smell is excreted from bed bug scent glands and can usually be noticed when there is a lot of bed bug activity in a room.
If you think you spot any of these signs, the best thing you can do is to call a professional pest control company right away. Bed bug infestations can happen quickly, unexpectedly, and often through no real fault of your own. Bed bugs have the ability to hitchhike from one place to another by latching onto a surface. For instance, a single piece of luggage, clothing, or bedding can carry a bed bug long distances, only to result in a full-on infestation in your home. Bed bug prevention is extremely difficult, especially in high traffic areas with substantial human activity. The truth is, few things can really be done to lower your risk. The smartest way to deal with bed bugs is with help from the pest experts.
If you detect any signs of bed bug activity inside of your Las Vegas home, the best thing you can do is to contact the pest professionals right away. Pest Control Solutions offers comprehensive bed bug inspections and extermination services that you can depend on around the clock. After we complete an in-depth inspection and identify all active areas and harborage areas, we conduct a thorough treatment to completely eliminate all bed bug activity from the premises. Contact us today to further discuss your bed bug control needs, we look forward to hearing from you.