Bed Bugs are a bad diagnosis for everyone. They can go up to 3 months without feeding but are much more active when there are babies. We deal with bed bugs in Virginia Beach very often, especially with the transient and tourist nature of the city.
One thing is certain are the bites and itchy bumps that they leave on your body. The bites of bed bugs are in clusters or sometimes in a line on your skin. If you think you have bed bugs, here are some things to look for confirmation:
Bite Marks – as described above
Fecal Spots are small and dark sand like droppings and usually in patches around and under the nest.
Blood Smears on your bedding, sheets, pillow cases.
Exoskeletons in your bedding and on your clothing. A shell of the actual insect which is translucent in appearance.
Check your bed very thoroughly for live bugs, eggs or the molted skin. The eggs are about the size of a pin head and are white in color. The bed bugs also shed their skin as they grow (exoskeletons) and are often found left behind. You may need to use a magnifying glass when searching bedding.
And finally, a bed bug infestation often emits an odor. Sometimes the smell is related to rotting raspberries.
Bed bugs are most active in the early morning from around 5am to 6am.
They also spread very quickly – if you identify that you have bed bugs, call us immediately to prevent a mass infestation.
Sometimes bed bugs are confused with other pests like booklice, carpet beetles, small cockroaches and flat insects.
Possible ways to slow the spread is to store your clothing in vacuum sealed bags. If you have been traveling and feel they transferred on your clothing, this is the first step. Vacuum your carpet thoroughly – bed bugs are known to hide in carpet. Your pets bed is another area to investigate and replace if found there.
And again, call us if you find bed bugs in your home – these critters are very hard to exterminate without the help of a professional.
If you have any additional questions about Bed Bugs in Virginia Beach, please Contact Us right away.