When it comes to bed bugs in your home, the good news is that your local pest control company can take care of the problem quickly so that you and your family don't have to worry about these pesky insects spreading throughout the home and being a major nuisance. Given that it's important to call your pest control company the minute you believe that you have bed bugs, you should always be wary of the signs that suggest a bed bug infestation -- especially if you've recently traveled and have returned home, because bed bugs in a motel could easily find their way into your clothing and make the journey with you. Watch for these signs and then contact a company for bed bug removal.
Welts On Your Body Accompanied By Blood In The Bed
Bed bug bites can be itchy and irritating, but it's often difficult to know if your bite is from a bed bug or another insect such as a mosquito. One way to tell is the placement of the bites -- whereas mosquitoes and other insects might bite you at random, bed bug bites are often in small clusters and you might even be able to identify three or more separate bites in a given area. Because you're customarily bitten in bed, look for small blood marks on your sheets at the same time. Together, these two symptoms suggest that you have bed bugs.
Visible Bed Bugs In Your Bedding
If you believe you've been bitten by a bed bug and want to investigate further, strip the bed carefully and look for any bugs that are visible. Although small, bed bugs are easy to see -- they're up to 1/4 of an inch in length and are often described as looking like the seed from an apple. They have a red-brown hue and can appear swollen if they've recently bitten you. Look for the bugs not only entangled in the bedding, but also around the mattress, box spring and even on the frame of your bed.
Inexplicable Musty Odor
Bed bugs can also be detected because they emit a strong, musty odor when you bother them -- even if you don't know that you're doing so. If you can smell a different scent in your bedroom and there's nothing to which you can link it, there's a good chance that you have bed bugs. Some people relate this smell to the smell of the garden herb coriander, so be vigilant about noticing this scent.