Common Signs of a Bed Bug Infestation

Research says that you cannot just ‘get’ bed bugs. They must be bought in your home. So what are the common signs of a bed bug infestation? The most common sign of a bed bug infestation is when a person goes to bed feeling fine and wakes up in the morning or in the middle of the night with itching and unexplained bites. Although bites can suggest bed bug infestation, they are not a good source for finding bed bugs. This is so because the reactions of bites differ from person to person. For example, a person may be bitten while travelling far away from home but may not notice it until he reaches home. These bites do not mean that the home is infested.

Alternatively, a person may not be affected by bed bug bites at all. This may mean that the home is already infected by bed bugs but remains unnoticed. These bed bugs will get noticed when their population increases so much so that they can be easily seen.

Another small but important factor to identify bed bug infestation is to know what these bugs look like. The adult bed bugs can be easily seen with the naked eye. They are reddish brown in colour, without wings. Their size is around an apple seed. Even Immature bugs can be seen with the naked eye. They are small in size and translucent yellow-whitish in colour.

Another way to identify bed bug infestation is to check out for moulted skins. Bed bugs undergo moulting process i.e. they shed their skin at skins in particular stages of life to reach the next stage of life. You can find the bed bug moulted skins at places such as:

  • Along mattress
  • Along or behind headboards
  • In-ceiling junctions/Wall junctions
  • Along baseboards
  • Stuck to personal belongings

You can also find out a bed bug infestation by identifying their fecal spots. The excreted bed bug waste comes out in a semi-liquid form and can be easily seen on the surface of mattresses, bed frames and other places where bed bugs travel or aggregate. If you are experiencing bed bug problems give us a call: 905-581-9987