Bedbug infestations can carry on indefinitely if they are not treated, and are extremely hard to get rid of on your own. If you have noticed itchy bites on your body when you wake up, blood spots on the sheets, or small flat bugs running around your bed – you likely have a bedbug problem. At Suburban Pest Control, we pride ourselves in being one of the top bedbug exterminators in the Buffalo area, and would be more than happy to discuss how we can resolve your infestation quickly and effectively. Give us a call today to schedule your appointment, or continue reading to learn more about bed bug symptoms and causes!
How Do You Get Bed Bugs?
Unlike other types of nuisance bugs, bedbugs live almost exclusively with humans and spread via “hitching a ride”. Since they are so small, it is nearly impossible to detect one that may have found its way onto your jacket on the train, or see one hop off your friends pant leg when they come over to watch the game. Simply put, bed bug infestations happen when bugs are able to hitch a ride into your home from another infected source. While the source could be anywhere, here are a few of the most common:
Most Common Sources Of Bed Bug Infestation
Hotels / Motels / Airbnb
When you stay the night at a hotel, motel, Airbnb, or anywhere else there is shared bedding, it is always a good idea to check for bed bugs. Noticing a bed bug problem where you are staying before you actually settle in could mean the difference between bringing them back home with you and avoiding an infestation all together.
As mentioned above, bed bugs hitch rides to find greener grazing pastures. One of the most common ways to find yourself with an infestation is when you have a friend or relative stay over at your home, who have unknowingly brought bed bugs along with them. To help mitigate the risk of bed bugs taking hold, it is a good practice to wash all bedding that guests have used on the hottest setting immediately after they leave. Similarly, if your child has gone out on a playdate to a friends, washing their clothes when they return can help reduce the risk of them bringing bedbugs back home with them.
While getting a seemingly nice couch for cheap from Craigslist may seem like a good idea at the time, it is important to know that bed bugs don’t only live in beds. Check any furniture you are buying secondhand for insect casings, blood spots, black streaks, or droppings. This is especially important for college students, who are already at a higher risk of infestation because of the close proximity of their living accommodations.
Signs & Symptoms Of Bed Bugs
While bedbugs can be hard to detect early on, you will notice telltale signs that you may have an infestation quickly. Here are a few of the most common signs of bedbugs to look out for:
Waking Up Itchy
If you wake up in the morning and notice you have itchy areas that you did not have when you went to sleep, you could have a bedbug problem. Since bedbugs feed on blood, they will come out of hiding to bite exposed areas (such as arms and legs) during the night, then retreat when you wake up. While you will not feel the bites themselves, they will leave small itchy dots surrounded by areas of inflammation.
Once a bedbug has fed, it will fill up with blood. Tossing and turning in your sleep can cause you to squish bugs in the sheets or on your pillow, which will leave small blood spots (similar to when you swat a mosquito that has recently fed). If you notice that you suddenly have small blood spots on your pillows and sheets, you may have an infestation.
Dark Spots On Mattress, Sheets, Or Box Spring
Dark spots (about the size of a ballpoint pen tip) on your mattress, sheets or around your box spring usually indicate a bedbug problem. The dark spots are different than blood spots you may find, and are actually bedbug excrement. The spots will usually “bleed” into fabric, similar to how an ink drop would.
What To Do If You Believe You Have A Bedbug Problem
If you believe you have a bedbug infestation, give the team at Suburban Pest Control a call right away. Our dedicated team have years of experience dealing with bedbugs in Buffalo and the surrounding WNY areas, and will be happy to stop by and conduct a thorough examination of your home or apartment. Give us a call at 716-247-6819 or schedule an appointment online via our contact form.