You may not be able to control whether or not your aunt will give you another pair of knitted socks for Christmas, but you do have control over whether or not you will receive bed bugs as a gift this year. You might be thinking, “Who would give bed bugs for Christmas? That’s a ridiculous gift idea.” Truth is bed bugs are the kind of gift people give without even realizing it. The biggest reason for this is that they don’t know they have them. “What? Don’t know they have them? How can you not know you have bed bugs?”
Top reasons people don’t know they have bed bugs in their homes:
- Most often, people don’t know what these bugs look like or don’t recognize the signs of an infestation. After all, just because a bug is in the bed, doesn’t necessarily mean it is a bed bug.
- Bugs don’t only infest mattresses. They can infest a couch, chair, backboard, baseboard, wall void, and some electronics.
- You might think that people would realize they have bed bugs when they start getting bitten, but this is not always the case. Bed bug larvae are smaller than adult bed bugs (as small as the tip of a pen). That means their bites are smaller. When you add to this the fact that many people don’t have a reaction to these bites at first, you can see how bed bugs can go unnoticed for a time.
- Bed bugs can go a long time without eating. Some can live as long as 400 days. That means a bag that was brought back from a vacation and stored in an attic space could be ready to infest a spare room in the attic.
If you intend to be traveling this year, remember to check for bed bugs, even if you plan to stay at someone’s house and not a local hotel or motel. These are hitchhiking bugs that will travel back with you, tucked away inside your belongings. They are also capable of leaving a batch of eggs that can hatch on their own inside your home.
Bed Bug Signs
- Obviously, the first sign of bed bugs will be the bugs themselves. Get to know what bed bugs look like. They are oval in shape, brown to rust colored, with six legs, and two antennae.
- Bed bugs leave their feces. If a mattress is infested, you will see black on the corners or in the seams. If a piece of upholstery is infested, you will notice black feces in stitching. If bed bugs are infesting a wall, you might see black fecal streaks on baseboards or around outlets.
- Bed bugs shed their skins as they mature to adulthood. Look for these shed casings.
- Sheets and pillowcases will sometimes be dotted with dried brown blood stains, light brown urine stains, black streaks from feces, or have insect casings littered on them.
Know the signs of bed bugs when you travel; and if a bed bug infestation does rear its ugly head, remember that Chemtec has the most comprehensive and advanced bed bugs detection and eradication service available in the industry.