One of the common pests found in Vancouver, WA, throughout the state of Washington and Oregon is the bed bug. They are a major concern for homeowners, travelers, and businesses. Just one report of a bed bug infestation in a hotel, restaurant or on an airplane can ruin the reputation of a business.
The funny thing about bed bugs is people are terrified of finding out they have a bed bug infestation, but most people don’t really know the signs of bed bugs. Any small insect people encounter often gets identified as a bed bug and people go running for help.
If you live in Vancouver, WA, Clark County or anywhere in the Northwestern United States and are afraid you have a bed bug infestation, stop and learn what the signs of bed bugs look like. Then, if you really feel you have bed bugs, contact your local Vancouver Western Exterminator office for help.
Bed bug skins and blood spots
Identifying bed bugs without specialized training is difficult. Adult bed bugs are very small. Bed bug eggs and bed bug larvae are so small they look like dirt, or are nearly invisible. Plus, bed bugs are very good at finding hiding spaces for their eggs and young.
Bed bugs hide in the tiniest of cracks in wooden bed posts. They hide beneath the bed sheets and the tiny folds and cracks in a mattress. They can hide in the carpets, on the walls behind photos, electrical sockets or other areas, too.
Given how small the bed bugs are, and how well they hide, you may need to look for other bed bug signs and not the insects. Some of the first signs a bed bug infestation is starting include:
- Shed skins – bed bugs shed their skins as they grow. Although the skins are light colored and also small, they stand out more than the insects themselves. It looks a bit like dandruff or discarded shells. If there are numerous stacks of shed skins, then the bed bugs have been growing and shedding their skins.
- Blood spots – to shed their skins and grow to the next stage in their life cycle, they have to have a blood meal. This is what causes people to get so upset; the idea of being fed upon in the middle of the night. If you have bed bugs in your home, they might be feeding on you in the middle of the night and you may find blood spots from their bites and from their feces on your sheets.
- Fecal spots – yes, bed bugs dispose of waste. They have tiny digestive systems and when they feed on blood, they have to eliminate waste. You can find these small brownish-red stains on the mattress or bed sheets, too.
Bed bug bites
Bed bugs bites are also often the first signs of a bed bug problem that has become very serious around your Vancouver, WA, home or property. Since the bed bug skins, blood spots and fecal spots can be very small and are easy to miss, you may first notice the bed bug bites on your body.
Bed bugs sneak out from their hiding places at night and feed on sleeping people because they do not want to be disturbed when feeding. Someone who is awake is more likely to move, and they prefer peace and quiet to feed.
Bed bugs will bite arms, legs, and on the torso of people. They appear as red spots which may or may not become raised bumps. Bed bugs often feed together or multiple times during the night, so, there are often numerous bites and they appear in a line on the body.
Bed bug bites may not itch, as it depends on your body’s reaction to the chemicals they inject in order to keep the blood flowing so they can feed. Do not scratch them, but keep an eye on them and make sure they eventually fade. If you have any kind of allergic reaction to the bed bug bites, seek medical attention.
Get rid of bed bugs in Vancouver, WA and Clark County
If your home in Vancouver, WA, has any signs or you are finding bites on your body, you should get rid of bed bugs. It can be very, very difficult to get rid of bed bugs on your home as the insects can breed very fast and missing just two of them around the house can lead to a re-infestation of the entire home.
Bed bugs can also spread throughout a house or even an apartment building, or office. Since they hide so well, it takes training to spot the signs of bed bugs and evaluate the seriousness of the infestation.
Keep a sharp eye out for bed bug signs. Get assistance from a professional as early as possible.
If you travel, try these tips:
- Keep your luggage off of beds and carpeting to prevent the transfer of bed bugs.
- Make sure you vacuum the carpets, wash sheets and pillow cases
Regardless of what signs you have seen, if you think you have bed bugs in Vancouver, WA, or Clark County, contact your local Western Exterminator today!