Did you know that bed bugs can live almost anywhere and in any type of dwelling? They are small, feed on human blood, and can remain undetected for an extended period. These insects are sneaky and love to reside in the tiniest nooks and crannies, so spotting them is not always easy. If you suspect you have a bed bug infestation, it’s essential to take action quickly. A bed bug infestation in your home is dangerous. These pests are known as “the hider” because they can stash themselves away in the smallest places – under carpets, behind wall coverings, and even inside walls themselves! And if that’s not enough to scare you, bed bugs can also spread disease. For this reason, knowing how to check for bed bugs on your mattress as early as possible is critical to avoiding a full-blown outbreak at home. Luckily, several red flags will help you determine whether or not bed bugs may be present in your home:
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Seeing actual bed bugs
If you see actual bed bugs on your mattress, you have a full-blown infestation on your hands. While it is possible to have a localized bed bug problem in a specific bed, seeing actual bed bugs on your mattress means you have an infestation in your home and need to take action immediately. If you find actual bed bugs on the mattress, notify your landlord or property management company immediately. They will be required to take action and will probably treat the mattress. You can also treat the mattress with a natural bed bug spray.
Rusty Colored Stains
Rusty-colored stains on your mattress can also be a tell-tale sign of bed bugs on your mattress. To determine whether or not these stains are bed bug droppings, you can use a magnifying glass to get a good look at the stain. If the stain looks rusty and has a woody or grainy texture, bed bug droppings are most likely. If you find rusty colored stains on your mattress, we highly recommend that you take action and have your mattress professionally treated.
A musty odor
A musty odor in your bedroom is sure something isn’t right. If you notice a musty odor from your bed, you may have mold and mildew problems resulting from poor hygiene and moisture build-up. A musty smell coupled with rust-colored stains signifies that you have bed bugs on your mattress.
Bed Bug Eggs
Bed bugs lay eggs inside the mattress, so if you see any dark, minuscule spots on your mattress, it could be bed bug eggs. When you lay your hand on the mattress and see dark spots, it’s hard to tell whether or not they are bed bug eggs. However, if you have a magnifying glass and can see the eggs, they will have a speckled appearance and be about the size of a pinhead. If you have a magnifying glass, you can check by running your hand over the suspected eggs and feeling for tiny black dots. If you are unsure if you have bed bug eggs on your mattress, it’s essential to get the mattress treated as soon as possible.
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You have unexplained bites on your body.
If you notice red and itching bumps on your skin and can’t figure out where they came from, bed bugs may be the culprit. It is essential to investigate if you notice red bumps on your skin that seem to be concentrated around specific areas of your body, such as the arms and legs. While bed bugs are known to bite the face and neck, you may notice an increase in bites on the arms and legs if you have an infestation. If you notice unexplained bites, you may have been bitten by a mosquito, but it is also possible that you have bed bugs on your mattress and need to have your mattress treated immediately.
Blood stains from bed bug bites are dark in color and look almost black. If you notice dark stains on your mattress and are unsure what they are, it is essential to investigate whether the stains are blood. If you suspect that the stains are blood, it is necessary to identify the source of the blood. You can do this by scraping off the blood stain with a razor blade and examining the sample with a magnifying glass. By looking at the bloodstain, you can determine whether or not it is blood and if it is blood, whether or not it is human blood. If you determine that the stains are blood and human blood, it is crucial to alert your landlord or property management team immediately.
When do Bedbugs Bite
Bed bugs are nocturnal and will bite you when you sleep, causing you to wake up with itchy bumps on your skin. If you notice unexplained bites on your body and have ruled out mosquitoes and other common pests, you may have a bed bug infestation and need action. Bed bugs will bite you when you are sleeping, and if you have a significant infestation, you may wake up with bite marks all over your body. If you wake up with multiple bites on your body, it is essential to investigate, as bed bugs are sneaky and difficult to detect.
All bed bug treatments begin with removing your mattress from the equation. This is because bed bugs can easily hide in the tight crevices of a mattress, especially if it’s an old or antique piece that doesn’t have a zipper. Once your mattress is off the bed frame, it is essential to treat it with a natural bed bug spray to kill the insects. More importantly, a natural bed bug spray will help eliminate the smell of the dead bugs. You can also place the mattress outside in the sun, as it will also kill the bugs and help eliminate the smell. If you have a severe infestation, you may have to get a new mattress. If that’s the case, you might want to get one that comes with a bed bug warranty, just in case.
If you notice any red flags listed above, it’s essential to take action immediately. The longer you wait to deal with bed bugs on your mattress, the more difficult it will be to get rid of these pests. Bed bugs can be sneaky, so it’s important to thoroughly inspect your mattress and surrounding areas for signs of infestation, such as black or brown spots, eggs, and bloodstains.
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