Five Easy-To-Spot Signs Of Bed Bugs In Your Baton Rouge Home

October 15, 2020

The idea of a bunch of tiny pests feeding on your blood while you sleep soundly in your bed is enough to make most people's skin crawl. Unfortunately, that's exactly what bed bugs do. And to make matters worse, once a bed bug infestation gets inside a home, it can be extremely challenging to fully eliminate, especially if it has had time to spread out. You need to know the signs you can look for in order to identify a bed bug infestation in your Baton Rouge home. That way, you can react quickly and limit your exposure to these biting pests.  

a bed bug crawling on sheets

Identifying Bed Bugs

Bed bugs are small reddish-brown pests that resemble apple seeds with six legs. While their bodies are generally flat, after feeding on blood, they will swell up and turn to a deep reddish-purple color. Although bed bugs are tiny, they are not invisible, which means you can spot them if they invade your home or you pick them up while out in the world.
 
As for picking up bed bugs, they act like little hitchhikers and catch rides on people or their belongings while moving around outside of their homes. When the people return home, the bed bugs will spread out, usually to mattresses or box springs at first; this is because mattresses provide nocturnal bed bugs with easy access to sleeping humans upon whom they feed. 
 
Because human blood is their favorite food source, you'll often find bed bugs in areas with lots of people. Areas that could be considered bed bug hotspots include transportation hubs such as train stations, bus stations and airports; lodging establishments such as hotels, motels, and dormitories; and any other place that has a high volume of people coming and going daily such as hospitals, schools, and shopping malls.

What Bed Bug Bites Look Like

Frequently, the first sign of a bed bug infestation is the appearance of bite marks on your skin, especially after a night of sleep. Bed bug bites leave red, itchy welts on the skin and may appear almost anywhere on the body. Bed bugs often leave rows of bites along the skin rather than randomly placed.

Other Signs Of A Bed Bug Infestation

While bed bug infestations will usually begin around beds, they will spread out into homes if given the opportunity. As such, knowing the signs to look for can save you a lot of time, energy, and money. 
 
Signs of a bed bug infestation include:

  • The appearance of itchy red welts on your skin
  • Bloodstains on your sheets, pillowcases, or upholstered furniture
  • Rust-like fecal stains on mattresses, sheets, pillowcases, and upholstered furniture
  • A sweet, musty smell emerging from areas that bed bugs like to live like mattresses, furniture, etc. 
  • The appearance of bed bug shed skins around your home.

What To Do If Bed Bugs Infest Your Home

When it comes to limiting bed bug infestations, time is an important factor. Therefore, if you notice any of the signs of an infestation, contact the pest professionals here at Pelican Pest Control right away. 
 
Here at Pelican Pest Control, our trained pest technicians are fully equipped with the requisite knowledge, experience, and equipment to effectively eliminate any bed bug infestation with which you are dealing. So, don't lose sleep over these biting pests. Give Pelican Pest Control a call today.

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