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How To Tell If You Have Bed Bugs In Your Hammond Home

September 15, 2021 - Bed Bugs

Talk about bed bugs usually relates to one of two things: travel, particularly overnight lodging, or the associated myth of uncleanliness. And while both of these statements carry truth, there’s more information behind them.

First, bed bugs aren’t only found in hotels. Still, they’re also found in single-family homes and apartments, as well as in office buildings, college dormitories, hospitals, retail stores, and on transportation of any kind, including cars, buses, trains, and airplanes. While inconvenient for us, bed bugs are resilient and can adapt to nearly any living condition. They are found in all 50 states and can survive in nearly freezing up to 120 degrees Fahrenheit. 

Second, the lack of cleanliness associated with bed bugs can be true in some cases, but not all. Bed bugs are often found in some of the cleanest homes and businesses and only find their way inside by hitching a ride on clothing, luggage, and bags.

Bed Bugs: Appearance & Habits

Bed bugs can be difficult to detect because sometimes they’re mistaken for other common household pests, such as bat bugs, booklice, carpet beetles, fleas, and spider beetles. Bed bugs are brown, wingless, and tiny, measuring just five to seven millimeters in length with bodies similar in size and shape to apple seeds. Their eggs, which measure just one millimeter in length, roughly the size of a pinhead, are hardly seen by the naked eye.

Even if you have bed bugs, you may not be able to see them. Bed bugs often concentrate in hard-to-reach places during the day, such as in the mattress or box spring of a bed and even behind wallpaper. They are not nocturnal, but they come out of hiding at night when the smell of carbon dioxide being exhaled by sleeping people and pets becomes too alluring to ignore, which plays a role in them biting us as we sleep.

Signs That You May Have Bed Bugs

If you suspect you may have bed bugs, the most effective solution is to enlist the help of the professionals at DAT Exterminating. Here are a few signs that you may have an infestation:

  • Reddish-brown Spots On And Around Beds: As off-putting as it may be, the small, reddish-brown spots bed bugs leave behind on mattresses and bedding, as well as on nearby upholstery and wallpaper, is their fecal matter, a clear sign of an infestation.
  • An Unusually Sweet Odor: Areas in the home that are especially infested with bed bugs may have an uncharacteristically sweet and musty odor that’s been likened to the smell of berries.
  • Signs Of Bug Bites: Bed bugs will bite skin that’s exposed during sleep, leaving behind red, itchy welts.

Bed bugs aren’t only found in and around the bed, but they can also be found in other areas of the home. So, be sure to also check in places including:

  • upholstered furniture, including in-between seams and cushions
  • curtain creases
  • underneath the edges of rugs and carpets

DAT Exterminating Tackles Bed Bugs

The way to resolve a bed bug infestation most effectively and seamlessly is by calling the professionals at DAT Exterminating. DAT Exterminating offers comprehensive bed bug control providing solutions for and relief from bed bug infestations - and it’s guaranteed we’ll do our best. After two free services, we will credit 100% of your last full payment towards your account if we don't have your bugs under control. We also provide effective commercial pest management solutions.

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