Trick To Spotting Bed Bug Problems In Your South Carolina Home Before It's Too Late

Bed Bugs

Every classic monster movie has a perfect remedy to save the day, but these real-life vampires need a lot more than garlic to remove them from your home.

Bed bugs are malicious home invaders to consume as much of your blood as possible. About the size of an apple seed (4-5 mm long), bug bugs are quite small, but not invisible to the naked eye. Their flat, oblong bodies range from brown to dark tan, and sport six thin legs attached to the thorax. The abdomen of a bed bug is considerably larger than its other parts and is the most visible part of the insect. Bed bugs are often compared with ticks for their blood-sucking habits, although ticks are technically considered ‘arachnids’ by entomologists and not insects.

The first and most obvious sign of a bed bug infestation involves the appearance of small raised bumps on the skin, usually with no obvious cause. Bed bug bites are extremely itchy and often occur in small clusters or lines. There is a dark center to the bite, and swelling will occur around the radius of the wound. It can take one to two weeks for bites to heal and sometimes longer if the victim is immunocompromised in any way.

The bites of bed bugs are not known to transmit any kind of disease. However, repeated nighttime feedings may lead to itching, insomnia, and in rare cases, anemia. Homeowners should be advised that long-term bed bug infestations may significantly impact their overall health and well-being.

Catching The First Few Signs Of Bed Bug Infestation In The House

Bed bugs may be relatively common household blood-feeders, but they are not omnipresent. By knowing where to look for the first signs of infestation, homeowners are better equipped to prevent bed bug occupancy from going from bad to worse.

  • Bed bugs aren’t just found in or around beds and sleeping areas. These insects will target locations where hosts are highly active. Furniture, carpets, books, and even electrical outlets can serve as a home base for invading bed bugs. 
  • Some general visual indicators of bed bug infestations include blood spots on pillows or blankets, exoskeleton piles in undisturbed locations, and even live bugs moving about the home. 
  • Using a credit card or edged piece of plastic disturbs the corners and hems of couches and love seats, mattresses, carpets, and other suspected areas. Bed bugs will become active and attempt to escape the ongoing ‘danger,' revealing themselves during the day.
  • Many homeowners note a distinctive smell accompanying large numbers of bed bugs, citing a sweet, musky, and even cloying odor. The scent of a bed bug is best detected by trained K-9 units.

Need help determining the extent of your bed bug infestation? Schedule a no-obligation home inspection from the professional exterminators at The Original Bugman Pest Elimination Inc. today.

Get Serious About Bed Bugs With Original Bugman Pest Elimination Inc

Bed bugs are serious pests that require serious treatment. What's more, dealing with a long-term pest occupation in your home may lead to serious side effects, mental, emotional, and even financial.

If you need help identifying, preventing, or exterminating bed bugs at any stage of infestation, do not hesitate to contact The Original Bugman Pest Elimination Inc. at the first sign of a pest problem. Our team of helpful service agents will be happy to assist you and your home with some of the most holistic pest management services on the market today. Call now to speak with a representative about the bed bug control plan that’s right for you, or complete the contact form to be contacted by a service member as soon as possible. 

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