You’ve probably heard of bed bugs in the context of “dirty” homes, as in, those people live in filth so they have bed bugs. However, the idea that bed bugs only live in places that are less than clean is a fallacy.
The fact is, anyone can get bed bugs Staten Island. Bed bugs are blood-sucking parasites; their interest is therefore in warm, blood-filled humans not dirt or garbage. If you suspect your home has been invaded by bed bugs, first know that there is nothing to be embarrassed about. Second, there are certain signs you should watch out for that may confirm your suspicions.
1. Bites All Over the Body
One of the most obvious indicators of bed bugs is, naturally, bites. These appear as red, itchy welts and may appear on any area with exposed skin. However, they may resemble bites from other creatures such as mosquitos, so to confirm that they are indeed bed bug bites, you would need to see other signs or the parasites themselves.
2. Physical Indicators in the Bed
Bed bugs may leave behind excrement, which looks like small dark specks or spots. If you roll over on them and crush them, there may also be reddish blotches on your bedding from their blood. Eggs, eggshells and shed skin may also be present.
3. Bed Bugs
The best confirmation of the presence of bed bugs is seeing them in the flesh. They may hide in a multitude of places, including seams, wallpaper, box springs, electrical outlets, appliances and more.
If you discover bed bugs, you can try to remove them yourself through vacuuming, cleaning clothes and bedding and removing clutter. If you’re worried this might not be enough or don’t have the time to do it yourself, there exist professional services that specialize in bed bug removal. Whatever you choose, the important thing is to take immediate action of some sort.