Bed Bug Early Detection Guide
Posted on: Thursday November 2, 2023 at 4:03 PM
Adult bed bugs are reddish brown in color and are approximately ¼ inches in length. The immature bed bug is pearl whitish in color and darkens as it reaches maturity. There are five immature stages before reaching the adult.
Finding early signs of bed bugs will help to avoid costly treatments for infestations later.
- Live bed bugs in any growth stage
- Eggs laid in clusters by a sticky substance
- Fecal stains appear like a small dark ink spot casting (shed skins)
- Blood spots or smears
- Peculiar odor (in serious infestations)
WHERE TO LOOK
- Most bed bugs will be found near the head of the bed area.
- Start by inspecting the sheets, edges of mattress piping and box springs, frame and headboard.
- Check in, under and behind night stands and all pleats, piping of upholstered furniture.
- Check ceiling, crown molding, walls, fixtures, pictures, free standing lamps, drapes and carpet edges.
A bed bug bite can resemble many other insect bites. They can itch severely and cause extreme anxiety and sleeplessness.