How to know you have bed bugs?
The sooner you know you have bed bugs the faster you can begin treatment. Acting quickly to identify and treat bed bugs is the fastest way to get rid of them before they start reproducing like crazy. Isolating your bed so anything trying to climb in or out gets trapped where you can visibly see it/them will keep you informed about your bed bug population.
You can count on bed bugs for one thing, they want to eat and will go to the food source (you) until they are either dead, captured or successful. They will not stop trying to feed. Use this information to your advantage.
Set traps for them because you know they will come. ClimbUp monitors have been tested and used successfully for years now and are a critical part of not only identifying if you have bed bugs, but confirming you no longer do after treatment.
[box type=”alert” size=”large” style=”rounded” border=”full”]WARNING: IF YOU ISOLATE YOUR BED THEY WILL SEEK YOU OUT IN OTHER AREAS BECAUSE BED BUGS WANT TO EAT. THEY ONLY DO THREE THINGS AND EAT IS ONE OF THOSE THINGS. UNDERSTAND IF YOU KEEP THEM OUT OF YOUR BED THEY WILL FOLLOW YOU TO THE SOFA, CHAIR, ETC. ANYPLACE THEY CAN SNIF YOU OUT. [/box]
So what do you do? Do you Isolate or not?
When you see products advertised that seal up your sofa or heat up your possessions, this is why they exist and are helpful. They shorten your infestation.
People who start sleeping on their sofas, or in a chair and infest those too end up with no where to sit or sleep. That was me for a couple of months. If that is you right now, I’m sorry. I understand what you are going through. When it finally clicked in my sleep deprived brain, I understood I needed to use different tools to continuously kill and deny them until they died off.
Unexplained Bug Bites
Unexplained bites or welts that are appearing in frequency on a daily or weekly basis, small blood spots on the sheets, black marker dots on your sheets or pillow cases (bed bug excrement-your blood), obvious molt castings, these are signs you may have bed bugs.
Since bed bugs are primarily* nocturnal, you could go weeks with mysterious bites and not know why or where they are coming from. Because people have a pretty wide variety of reactions to bed bug bites, such as not reacting to the bite until hours or days later, or mistaking the bites for hives, it can be tricky to know what’s biting you.
How long would it take to see signs of bed bugs?
This depends on you, and the bed bug(s). Did one come from a hotel, movie theater, bus, or coffee house, hitch-hiking on a back-pack or jacket, or did a small herd of them migrate from a connected apartment into yours?
An adult female will begin laying 3-5 eggs a day.
When those eggs hatch in about 7-10 days, those baby bed bugs, called nymphs, will seek their first meal.
When they reach adulthood (after about 5 meals) in about 5-7 weeks, those females will begin laying 3-5 eggs daily. So now you have a bed bug factory with multiple eggs being laid every single day, and two months later you’ve got a nice infestation on your hands. This is why it is so important to get an early inspection and rapid treatment if you do have bed bugs.
Have your home inspected if you suspect bed bugs
Have an inspection at the earliest date you suspect it could be bed bugs. Either you will find out you do not have bed bugs, and can take a big deep breath, or you have identified that bed bugs are in your home, and you will have treatment before the population explodes. We have some tips on how to select a competent pest company here.
First steps for bed bugs
- Don’t throw away your mattress. Inspect, steam and encase it. Learn more about isolating your bed here.
- Don’t start throwing out tons of your possessions. There are ways to treat almost everything. You can put things you can’t treat right away in Bed Bug Proof Zip Lock Bags.
- If you are going to throw things away, put them in double sealed black heavy-duty trash bags and bring the bag to the stuff instead of the stuff to the bag.
- Don’t spread bed bugs around your house further by moving infested items and shaking bed bugs all over your home, building or car.
- If you decide to get rid of your bed or furniture, wrap and tape everything in plastic sheeting.
- Do not return clean clothing to infested rooms. Seal clean clothing in giant zip lock bags (clear) or heavy duty trash bags marked “clean”.