“Bites on the skin are not the best indication of bed bugs.”
The terrifying and most unpleasant experience of bed bugs is epidemic in Phoenix Arizona. In fact calls from homeowners seeking to escape “the nightmare” have skyrocketed. The average consumer has no idea they are under attack until they awake to discover dozens of these little blood suckers scurrying across their bed in the middle of the night.
Chances are you arrived on this page by searching along the lines of how do I tell if I have Bed bugs and you most likely already have a basic understanding of these nasty critters. If you are looking for more information about Bed Bugs in Phoenix click here or visit one of our many informative pages or call 602.308.4510 for immediate service.
How do I tell if I have bed bugs?
It’s always best to get an inspection and/or opinion from an experienced bed bug exterminator. However if you don’t want to wait or just want to know right now…here’s some tips from Arizona bed bug experts.
Bites on the skin are usually a poor indicator of a infestation. Bed bug bites can look like bites from other insects (such as mosquitoes or chiggers), rashes (such as eczema or fungal infections), or even hives. Some people do not react to bed bug bites at all. In fact we often encounter wives covered with bite marks while the husband who sleeps beside her has no evidence of bite marks.
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Start with an inspection. Experienced exterminators will start in areas that humans are consistently in between the hours of 12AM-5AM. That is usually a bed, beds, couch or computer chair. Bed bugs nest close to their food source and you are usually the source. When not feeding, bed bugs nest in a variety of places. They like to nest in out of sight areas like under mattresses, in box springs, head boards, and/or near baseboards. Electrical covers that are not flush to the drywall are common nesting areas.
Unless the bed bug infestation is heavy the chances of seeing the critters outside of feeding hours is slim. Being familiar with the signs of these critters is a must if you hope to detect their presence during daylight.
Bed bugs generally nest together and mark their territory with fecal matter. Multiple dark spots (about this size: •), which are bed bug excrement and may bleed on the fabric like a marker is a good indication of a nesting area.
Eggs and eggshells, which are tiny (about 1mm) and pale yellow skins that nymphs shed as they grow larger are a little harder to detect. Finding these is an indication of a nearby nest. Usually multiple eggshells are found together.
Small blood stains that appear rusty or reddish on bed sheets, mattresses and pillows is a sure indicator of these little monsters. These stains are caused by bed bugs that have recently fed being crushed or unknowingly being rolled on by unsuspecting hosts.
If you have, or merely suspect bed bugs call us today for a free inspection and evaluation. The service is free and designed to give you peace of mind and a good nights sleep.
Should we discover an infestation we can prescribe a custom program designed to eliminate the infestation and provide protection against re-infestation. For more information about bed bug exterminator Phoenix services or to schedule a FREE INSPECTION give us a call today. The sooner you call the sooner we can get you back onto the road of a good night’s sleep.
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