To help make sure that you will be well aware of whether you have any bed bugs in your home, you will want to review the following signs of an infestation.
Red Bite Marks
Bed bugs are known to leave clusters or small rows of bite marks. The bite marks are usually small, bright red, and are very itchy to most people. Even though the bite itself is not a health concern, if you continue to excessively scratch at the bites, you can accidentally break open your skin. Once the skin is broke open, and infection can develop and that can be a health risk depending on how severe the infection becomes.
Lots Of Small Blood Marks On Your Mattress
If you are starting to notice that there are a lot of little brown marks on your mattress where you usually sleep, it could be that the stains are actually blood spots. The blood is a result of being bit by the bed bugs so you will want to start inspecting your mattress a little further for any additional signs that you may find.
Traces Of Bed Bugs On Your Mattress
As bed bugs grow and mature, they will molt and shed their exoskeleton. You will find these small, oval, and brown exoskeletons around the edges of your mattress and possibly your box spring as well. Since they can be rather small in size, you will want to make sure that you are making the room as bright as possible with lights or by opening all of the windows. You might also want to grab a magnifying glass in order to ensure that you are going to spot any bed bug exoskeletons left behind by these pests.
Your Bedroom Smells Very Musty
Unless you have just recently dealt with a water leak in your bedroom that may have damaged some building materials, a strong musty odor can be the result of a bed bug infestation. This is because of the pheromones that they produce when they gather in large numbers. Therefore, if you are starting to catch a whiff of something that smells like old wet and moldy laundry that has been sitting for several weeks, it could very well be a sign that you have a problem with bed bugs in your home.
With those four signs of bed bugs in mind, you should be able to determine whether it is time to take action and call for an exterminator to come deal with this infestation for you. To learn more, contact a company like Godfather's Exterminating Inc.