Bed bugs have always been something small but sinister in the collective mindset. “Don’t let the bedbugs bite” is a common enough phrase said to someone about to sleep. It seems as if bedbugs are always in bed, and waiting for the hapless sleeper.
The truth is that bedbugs don’t need to be always in bed. They don’t need to be infesting your home. The remedies may sound easy to do, but it does require a professional to properly heat a room for bed bug treatment. They are easy to find and can be tough to control, but the room or the house can be cleaned and rid of this infestation.
Signs of Infestation
The most telling sign of a bedbug infestation is the smell. It is a distinctive musky, fetid, and sweet smell. It comes from the dried bedbug feces. These are tiny reddish or brown spots left on the bed, sheets, walls, or upholstery. The reddish or brownish spots are the dried blood which comes with the bedbug poo. These spots can be found in clusters, with the heaviest clustering indicating where the bedbug spends the most time.
Like a parasite, the bedbug bites the victim without killing it. They do not transmit diseases. The only pain inflicted on humans and animals is the itch where the bedbugs bite. The bedbugs inject an anticoagulant into the bloodstream of the victim. This prevents the blood from clotting while it is being sucked by the parasite. Unfortunately, the anti-coagulant causes some itching sometime afterward. The victim does not feel the bedbugs while they bite.
Where They Hide
Bedbugs are flat insects and burrow between the linings of clothes and linen. They can also be found in tiny spaces in furniture, mattresses, bed frames, headboards, chairs and other small recesses less than the width of a credit card. Professional treatment is required to address an infestation. The chances of a homeowner controlling bedbugs are very slim.
Detecting a bedbug infestation is easy, as well as finding where they hide. It is hard to remove them all, however, due to the way they hide from sight.