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3 Signs You May Have Bed Bugs

 In Antworks Pest Control Portland, Bedbugs, Uncategorized

Bed Bugs are reddish, small parasitic insects that survive solely on human and animal blood. While you may think that their name stems from the fact that they are found under mattresses, they are associated with your bed because they feed on their prey while they are sleeping. Since these insects cannot fly, they are usually found close to their feeding areas. If you suspect that your room has been infested by bed bugs, there are some telltale signs you should keep your eyes open for.

While searching through the bed frames, headboards, cracks, and anywhere within a distance of eight feet from where you sleep, look for these three signs. 

Rust Colored Stains – One of the most prominent signs of a bed bugs infestation is rusty colored blood stains. These blood spots are actually the fecal material these bed bugs excrete. These can be found on your sheets and on pillows, but you have to look closely since they are quite small. The stains can also be found on furniture close to the bed

Bumps on Your Skin – Another sign is the appearance of bumps on your skin as a result of bites. If you see a red, swollen patch of skin, you probably have these pests at your home. Bed bug bites are usually painless as the pests release an anticoagulant agent along with an anesthetic agent, making it difficult for people to realize that they are being bitten. Many may mistake these bites for mosquito or flea bites. However, you can differentiate bedbug bites by checking if you have several of these bites in a row or as a cluster of bites. In this case, you need a professional to rid you of these. 

A Funky Smell – A sweet musty odor is also an indication of the presence of bed bugs. The smell is the result of a chemical which they produce to communicate with one another.  

Most bedbug bites are usually not a public health or a medical hazard, but they may cause an allergic reaction in some people. Therefore, call in the professionals and get your home bed bug free quickly and efficiently. Contact Antworks today to learn how we can help your bed bug infestation.