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Having a bed bug infestation can be devasting and removing them can be a long and tedious process. To avoid these pests altogether, it’s important for every homeowner to identify early signs of bed bugs in their Alabama home. Check out these common bed bug signs and how you can avoid them.
One of the easier signs to identify an infestation is seeing bed bug bites on your skin. Bed bugs need a blood meal to survive and will often look to us and our pets for it. If bitten, bed bugs will leave a red, itchy welt on your skin. However, it can be easy to confuse bed bug bites with other insect bites. A common indicator that you have been bitten is the series of three or four welts in a row, where you can usually find them on any skin that was exposed during sleep.
After a bed bug has its blood meal, its flat body quickly changes into a round, bloated form. If these bed bugs found themselves in your mattress, you could easily crush or squeeze them when you’re sleeping. While this might not eliminate them, it can cause the blood they just fed on to leak and create a red or rust-colored stain on your sheets. Check your sheets, clothes, and pillows for these spots.
If you start smelling an unusual, musty odor in your bedroom, this could be an indication that bed bugs have infested. When they are threatened or bothered, bed bugs will emit an ‘alarm’ pheromone as a response. This pheromone can produce an odor that smells sweet or musty, like cilantro, almonds, or coriander. While this smell can be faint if a single bed bug emits the odor, it can be very noticeable if many bed bugs are present.
One of the most solid confirmations that a bed bug infestation has occurred is seeing a live adult bed bug or its casing in your home. Abandoned shell casings are a reliable, early sign of a growing infestation. These shell casings are translucent, hollow outlines of the young bed bug. You can often find these casings in mattress seams, upholstered furniture, holes, cracks, and crevices. Live bed bugs are small and brown and typically look like the shape of an apple seed. If you see a live one, it is the best confirmation you need to call your Alabama bed bug control company for help.
Bed bugs are notorious for hitchhiking their way inside homes, making it difficult to prevent them from entering; although by placing and taking a few precautions, you can avoid them. Consider these tips on preventing bed bugs from entering your home: