Bedbugs are small insects that can be hard to spot without a hand-held magnifying glass. You can see adults and nymphs easily, but you may need to use a magnifying glass to identify eggs. Look for bites or dried excrement, blood spots, and shed skins. Infested areas may also have an acrid, “buggy” smell.
Once you’ve identified the source of the problem, you’ll be able to determine a proper treatment plan for bed bugs. Using fumigation or fogging, a pest control service will apply a pesticide to the affected area. This treatment is effective, but the process can be expensive. You’ll need two to three treatments to completely eradicate bed bugs.
Bed bug bites can feel like flea or mosquito bites. Some people don’t react to them, while others develop itchy welts that can last for weeks. Unlike mosquito bites, bed bug bites usually occur in clusters or singly. Bedbug bites may appear as itchy welts, or as raised, reddish or brown spots. In addition, you may notice fecal spots, which are a characteristic reddish or brown color.
If you find evidence of bedbugs, you should immediately take action. Start by removing any dust covers that you may have on your mattress. This will prevent the insects from making their way underneath the dust cover.