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Are Bedbugs Infesting Your House?

bedbugThere may be no boogeyman in your closet, but bedbugs are real and they do bite. Bedbugs are parasitic insects that feed on your blood as you sleep. These tiny bloodsuckers are almost invisible to the eye, with sizes ranging from a quarter of an inch to smaller than sesame seed.

Bed bugs are difficult to find and are very resilient. A heat treatment for bed bugs is a good solution, as long as professionals do them properly. Bedbugs can hide inside walls, small cracks, and minute crevices that are hard to reach or see. Trying to get rid of them on your own will be a daunting and futile effort.

Signs of Infestation

1. Small blood stains on your bed. Some bites could leave traces of blood on your sheets and pillows. These bites sometimes lead to anxiety, insomnia and skin problems.

2. A coriander-like musty odor. This comes from the scent glands of the infesting bedbugs.

3. Bedbug shells that they leave behind after molting. Bedbugs live for four to six months (they can go dormant for almost two years if not feeding), but they need to feed on blood in order to molt. If you find these exoskeletons, it means the bugs have been feeding in your house for a time.

4. Dark and rusty blood spots on the mattress, nearby furniture, or clothing. These spots aren’t blood—they are blood-rich bedbug feces.

Getting rid of bedbugs

There are plenty of measures you can take to eliminate bedbugs. You can vacuum frequently, repair all the cracks and crevices in your house, encase your mattress in a tightly woven cover—but ultimately, you will only be controlling the infestation and not getting rid of it. If you find signs of infestation, it’s always best to call a professional pest control company.