Bed Bugs Alert: Know the Bed Bugs Symptoms
Many people these days are unaware of bed bugs symptoms. It is understandable since
bed bugs together with some pests have been exterminated during the widespread use of
DDT in the United States after World War I.
But because of international travel and immigration, bed bugs symptoms are making a
comeback. But people don't detect bed bugs symptoms until someone complains of
excessive itching and has oval-shaped insect bite marks which are often mistaken as
moquitoes or dust mites bites.
When a household experiences a typical bed bugs symptoms, they don't check their
mattresses, beddings, and couch uphosltery for bed bugs. Member of the household just
spray gel-type insect spray to kill cockroaches or mosquitoes. But this kind of insect
spray does not kill bed bugs, and therefore, furniture and upholstery remain bed bugs
* Bed bugs - symptoms of infestation
How do I know if my home is infested with bed bugs?
A heavily infested home would have an offensive, sweet, musty scent. This odor is
released by bed bugs' through their scent glands.
Another bed bugs symptoms to look out for is fecal or excrement stains, egg cases, and
shed skins of bed bug nymps in crevices, cracks or holes on the bed or near it. Furniture
near the bed should be checked also. Bedroom wallpapers, bed springs and clothings in
your dresser, should be examined for these reddish brown excrement stains.
Your living room couch should be checked for these stains, especially if you or any
member of your family get bed bugs symptoms such as swollen bites after sitting from
your couch. Every place in your house where a person stays more than 30 minutes must
be checked for bed bugs.
-- Hiding Places
A thin crack or seams of mattresses are one of the hiding place of bed bugs. Bed bugs
wants to live closer to their source of food, which is human blood, so cracks near the bed
or around the bedroom and livingroom are the primary places of bed bugs hiding places.
Once you find a bed bug in any parts of your house, the other parts of your house will
undoubtedly have bed bugs too.
-- Finding Bed Bugs
Inspect your entire house the moment bed bugs symptoms are detected. Dismantle the
bed, check the headboard, inspect the seams of of your mattresses. If you found reddish
brown excrement and sheddings of insect skin, it means that your house is infested with
If you detected these bed bugs symptoms, you must tear off your wallpaper too. Chances
are that bed bugs have created their bigger colony under the wallpaper. Every wood
furniture that you own should be inspected for bed bugs too. They may have bed bugs too
because bed bugs prefer wood or cloth as their hiding place rather than plastic or metal.
Empty the contents of your nightstands and examine it inside and out. Tip it over to
inspect the crevices, cracks, recesses and corners of the woodwork underneath. Since bed
bugs love woods, there is a big chance that they are hiding in there.
-- Some bed bugs facts
Bed bugs bites are often mistaken to mosquitoes or dust mites. So how would you know
the bed bugs symptoms? Below are some basic bed bugs bite facts:
* Bed bugs feed by piercing human skin with its two elongated beaks.
* One of the beak injects saliva that contains anesthetic to reduce pain to pierced skin
and an anticoagulant to keep the blood from clotting.
* The other beak sucks the blood.
* Bed bugs are nocturnal insects. They are very active during the night, especially an
hour before the dawn breaks.
* Bed bugs are oval-shaped and flat, and they can therefore hide in extremely thin
cracks which is the reason why their breeding site are very hard to find.
* An adult bed bug can live eighteen (18) months or longer without feeding and just
stay in their hiding or breeding places until a host comes along and satiate their need for
* Bed bugs are often called the hitchhikers because of their ability to travel long
distances by riding on suitcases, luggages and clothings.
* Female bed bugs lay 300 eggs.
* After ten (10) days bed bugs nymps are hatched from eggs.