Have you ever heard that bed bugs are an invisible pest that humans can’t see? While it’s true that bed bugs are a tiny pest that’s only about as big as an apple seed, you can see them, and they aren't invisible to the human eye. They are a small reddish-brown bug that is oval-shaped and flat except after they’ve eaten. While bed bugs haven’t been shown to spread any illnesses, they can cause insomnia, secondary infection, and even anemia, so taking steps to protect your home is important.
How Do Infestations Start?
Bed bugs are a common pest problem in Longview, Texas homes, but they are also a pest you may not be too acquainted with. Despite their bad reputation, many people don’t realize how bed bug infestations get started in the first place. The easiest way to understand bed bugs is to think of them as hitchhiking pests that catch a ride on anything from purses to luggage to backpacks. They can be picked up in many places including bus stops, laundromats, schools, and hospitals. While they don’t ride on humans themselves, they can attach to almost any cloth-type item. Then, once they’ve made their way into your home, they wait until you’re asleep to bite you and get a blood meal.
How To Identify Bed Bug Bites
Since bed bugs usually only come out of hiding at night and are so tiny, the first sign of an infestation is often the bites they leave behind. Bed bugs will bite pretty much anywhere that your skin is exposed while you sleep. The reason they bite people while sleeping is because they are able to smell the carbon dioxide we give off while in bed, and they instinctively know this is when they can get a blood meal most easily.
Bed bugs bites are usually reddish with a clear or dark center although this can vary from person to person. They also usually appear in zig zag patterns or in rows. If you’re unsure if bites are from bed bugs or another kind of insect, reach out to a healthcare professional, but you can also look for some other common signs of bed bugs to look for an infestation.
Five Other Signs Of Bed Bugs
Other than seeing bed bugs or noticing bites, there are a few other common signs of bed bug infestations that you can be on the lookout for if you suspect a problem. Here are seven of the easiest ways to spot a bed bug problem in your Longview property:
Finding blood stains on your sheets or mattress left behind form bed bug bites
Noticing rust-colored marks on sheets, curtains, mattresses, and even walls
Discovering brown marks on mattresses seams
Finding bed bugs skins around baseboards or beds
Seeing eggshells, usually a light cream color, near walls and under beds
What To Do If You Have Bed Bugs
Bed bugs might not spread disease, but they are still a dangerous and disgusting pest to have in your Longview home. Because of all the problems associated with bed bugs, including how difficult they are to remove, the best thing to do if you notice signs of an infestation is to contact the experts at Innovative Pest Control. After the initial inspection, we will work with you to develop a treatment plan and remove every single bed bug. To learn more about our services, or get a free inspection, give us a call today at Innovative Pest Control or reach out to us online.