About in one in five Americans has experienced a bed bug infestation in their own home or know someone who has. Having bed bugs in your home can be very stressful and frustrating to overcome. First of all you need to know some signs that there may be bed bugs in your midst.
The first sign of a possible bed bug infestation is waking up with bites-especially near the chest and upper torso as bed bugs are attracted to the carbon monoxide humans exhale while sleeping. Some other signs to look for include small blood stains on your pajamas, pillow cases, or sheets, molted exoskeletons and fecal spots, and a strong odor from the bed bug pheromones that is often described as "musty".
Next, you need to know what you are looking for. The most common areas to look for bed bugs is along the seams of your mattress and box spring as well as your bed frame. Bed Bugs have small, flat, oval bodies that are about the size of an apple seed. They can appear clear, brown, or reddish in color depending on how recently they have fed. Bed Bugs cannot fly but they can move pretty quickly in search of a meal.
So you have found some bed bugs and definitely have an infestation, what now? You can try a bed bug treatment yourself, such as washing all linens, frequent vacuuming, keeping a clean and clutter free bedroom, and obtaining a new mattress with special cover, but even all this may not be enough. For the best bed bug treatment you should definitely call a bed bug exterminator. Completely clearing bed bugs from a home often requires chemical or heat treatments from a trained bed bug exterminator. You don't have to suffer alone, call an expert!