According to a recent study in the Journal of Medical Entomology, almost 50% of the people living in a bed bug infested home are unaware of the problem. Bed bugs can thrive and hide in upholstered chairs or sofas. Here are some telltale signs that you’re sleeping with bed bugs:
Red and Itchy Bites
The most common symptom of bed bug infestation is seeing bites or marks on your body when you awake. These creatures can leave irritating raw marks on shoulders, neck, arms, and face. They often bleed when scratched. Not everybody will see bites immediately; some people will take up to two weeks to have a reaction.
If you are restless and keep turning over due to itching skin, it is possible that bed bugs are the source of your discomfort.
When bed bugs feed on your skin, there is likely to be trace blood stains or small bloody spots resembling rust on the edges of the bed. The creeping pests shed skin several times in their lifetime, so inspect your sheets for brown exoskeletons.
A musty and unpleasant odour like that of a wet towel may indicate bed bug infestation. The pests often release pheromones, emitting a “dirty locker room” and musty smell.
Inspect Your House
The best way to find out if you have the parasites in your home is to do an inspection. Search the bed and all other rooms. Also, look closely at upholstered furniture, couches, chairs, curtains, and the edges of carpets. Even the areas underneath the beds, behind the dressers, closets, clothes, and shelves should be part of the inspection.
Call for Help
JDM Pest Control can help find any bed bugs in your home and exterminate them. Bed bug infestation is nothing to live with; call (416) 729-3568 now.