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5 Signs You Have Bed Bugs

Bed bugs are the stuff of some people’s nightmares, as the thought of an insect that hides during the day and feasts on your blood while you’re sleeping is entirely unpleasant. However, knowing the signs that you have bed bugs will help you stop an infestation before it gets out of control.



Where Bed Bugs Hide
For starters, you should know that bed bugs are typically found in soft areas like your mattress and the upholstery of chairs and couches, where they like to hide in seams and crevices. Other places bed bugs can be found are curtains, electrical outlets, picture frames and cracks in the floor. They don’t limit themselves to homes either. Bed bugs have been found in hotels, clothing stores and movie theatres.

Signs of a Bed Bug Infestation
Bed bugs are expert hiders, so they tend to be hard to spot. They do leave tracks however. Here are five signs of a bed bug infestation in your home.

1. You see living adult bed bugs
Beg bugs are small but visible to the naked eye. They’re oval in shape and usually flat, unless they’ve just eaten, in which case they become engorged. Usually reddish-brown in colour, they have six legs and no wings and are roughly the size of an apple seed.

2. Your red, itchy bites
Bites from these pests are often found on areas that are exposed while you sleep like your legs, shoulders and hands. Bed bug bites tend to appear as patches of red, itchy spots or blisters that are arranged in straight lines or clusters.

3. Dark spots on your sheets or mattress seams
If you crush a bed bug while it’s feeding on you, you’ll find small specks of blood on your sheets. You may also spot brown or black marks on your mattress that smear when rubbed with a damp cloth. This is digested blood from the fecal matter of bed bugs.

4. Empty bed bug shells
Your bed bugs shed their skin five times before reaching their mature size. You’ll find these light coloured empty shells in the same areas where the bugs themselves can be found.

5. A musty smell
When a bed bug is in danger, it releases a musty smelling pheromone. This unpleasant odour is more common when there is a large infestation of the insects, and it can be hard to remove from furniture, even after the bugs are gone.

Expert Bed Bug Removal in Edmonton

Call Edmonton Exterminators right away if you spot the signs of a bed bug infestation in your home or business. Calling a professional exterminator is the only way to get rid of them for good. Contact us for quick and discreet bed bug removal in Edmonton.

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