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3 Ways to Find Bed Bugs

Finding signs of a bed bug infestation in your home in Corpus Christi is the first step to effective bed bug control—because no one is looking forward to seeing them. If you're wondering how to keep your family safe, do an inspection on your own: we've got all the tools you need to make sure you know what you're looking for.

Always check for bed bugs in hotel rooms or new locations you might spend the night. Besides feeding on humans, bed bugs also have been known to cause allergic reactions or some itching or other irritation, so learn what you can do today to protect loved ones and your home in Corpus Christi.

Common Bed Bug Misconceptions

Don't let the Bed Bugs Bite | If you find one crawling on you at night, by all means, don't let the bed bugs bite! But bites alone aren't the best way to identify a bed bug problem because too many are similar. Mosquitoes and spiders can bite with a similar-looking mark left behind, and those are just a couple of examples. There are plenty of other bugs out there with a bite mark precisely like a bed bug's mark.

Many people are terrified by what could happen when bed bugs are around, and no wonder-- there's a reason for that old saying! But there's nothing to worry about because bed bugs can't carry diseases, they don't have a stinger as bees do, and they don't pack any venom in their bite.

Diagnosis Errors | Plenty of people have mistaken a bed bug for carpet beetles or even ticks and mites. If you're waking up with bites up and down your skin, it's time to seek out professionals.

Keeping the Lights On | This is an interesting misconception that probably comes from people who are panicked and terrified by what bed bugs can do to them. Some people have kept the lights on at night, thinking that it will keep them from getting bites because bed bugs are nocturnal, but this is simply untrue. Bed bugs have to feed on blood meals every five to seven days in order to grow and reproduce at optimal rates, so turn the lights off at night and get your rest!

What Bed Bugs Look Like

When they reach sexual maturity, they have a brown-colored body with a ribbed and flat abdomen, six legs, two antennae, and an oval shape. They don't grow any longer than ¼ inch long, although when they are fed, their abdomen blows up like a balloon and changes to a reddish-brown color.

How to Find Bed Bugs: What to Look For

1. Egg Cases and Exoskeletons

Eggs are pretty hard to spot because they're only one mm long, which is less than 1/25 of an inch and are whitish or off-white. But you can find them in common hiding spots (see below).

Nymphs molt five times before sexual maturity and adulthood. They shed their exoskeleton before they progress to the next stage, and they also must have a blood meal, so you'll end up with a bunch of molts lying around.

2. Fecal Matter

Bed bugs leave their feces anywhere they might be hiding, and can even be mistaken for little black dots of dust left behind.

3. Bedsheet Bloodstains

It's pretty gross fact to know, but they defecate the remainder of their last feeding during about one-quarter of their feedings, which leaves a dark red stain on the bedsheets. And when they look for a good spot on your skin to feed, they bite several spots before they find the right one, so bite spots might bleed on the sheets for a while before they close over.

Places where Bed Bugs Hide

Common bed bug hiding spots include the cracks and crevices in mattresses and box springs and bed frames. Also, check the chair and couch cushions, the place where the carpet meets the baseboards, and the corners where walls meet each other and where walls meet the ceiling.

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Maybe you've had to deal with rooms heavily infested with bugs for some time, or maybe you're curious to know if you have them, or maybe you're seeing bites on your skin every morning. If you are, it's time to call Fox Pest Control to kill bed bugs so that you can make your home safe and comfortable again.

No one has to deal with the psychological harm that these pests inflict, and that includes you. Call us today for a free quote over the phone or a no-obligation inspection with your EPA-certified Fox Pest Pro Technician, who can provide a free quote.

Join the Fox Family today and enjoy our high-quality protection with our top-of-the-line, family-friendly products, friendly and helpful customer service, and the peace of mind you crave, because no bugs is simply better.

Posted on January 1, 2020.

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