Signs of Bed Bugs in Northern California
A bed bug will feed on you while you sleep. As its saliva, which is an anesthetic, wears off, you’ll start to itch and the bites will begin to show several days after. Bed bugs are very common in Northern California.
While a bed bug doesn’t transmit diseases like other bugs, its bites could lead to skin infection when you scratch excessively. If you’re allergic to the parasitic insect, the bites may swell, burn, and in rare cases, lead to anaphylactic response.
So it’s crucial to look for signs of bed bugs before you start to itch or have a bad reaction to these critters.
Aside from spotting these parasites live, here’s how to detect a bed bug infestation.
- Dark spots on your bedding. These spots are bed bug excrement, and they may look like a marker just bled on the fabric.
- Red stains on your bed sheets. This means you’ve squashed the parasites.
- Rust-colored stains on seams, mattress tags, under cushions, and behind baseboards.
- Pale, yellow skins left on your bed.
- When you have welts that look like zigzags, these are bite marks telling you that you have a bed bug infestation.
Bed bugs hiding spots; check these areas:
- Bed Skirts
- Box Springs
- Crevices and Seams of Furniture
- Door and Window Casings
- Loose Wallpaper
- Behind Pictures
Bed bugs tend to hide in the daytime so it might not be all that easy to spot them. But the key thing about them is that they will occupy areas that are 3 to 6 feet from their feeding spots, mostly your bed (hence, the name of these parasites). In the worst possible infestation, you will find these parasites in various areas of your home, like behind pictures and on door and window casings.
If the infestation seems to have gone beyond the confines of your bedroom, it might not be easy to get rid of the bugs completely. You might think you have cleared your bedrooms of the infestation but there might still be a few bugs hiding around other areas of your home. A great resource for bed bug infestation is The California Department of Public health.
This is why, apart from having a visual inspection of your own, you need to call in a pest control service that has expertise in bed bug infestation. Pest control services have the know-how and the tools to remove these parasites from your home. The service will also apply the necessary treatment to guarantee that every parasite has been taken out and to prevent re-infestation. And you may also be advised about managing your home to ensure that it will be as inhospitable as possible to the parasite. As always, we at AAI Pest control service are here to help you solve your pest problems including bed bugs.