Do You Have Bed Bugs? 3 Ways To Tell

Bed bugs should really be named everywhere bugs, because that's where they could actually be located — everywhere. Bed bugs aren't just found in your bed—they can start there, but they can then migrate throughout your entire home and invade your space and be giving you itchy spots all over your entire body. If you aren't sure if you have bed bugs already in your home, there are ways to tell. Read on for three ways to tell if you have bed bugs.

You Have Bite Marks

If you have been bitten by bed bugs, you will be left with itchy welts on your body. They are usually found on the legs, back of the arms, and on your back. The marks left on your body are usually in a line. If you have these marks on your body, it is most likely from bed bugs. If you haven't changed anything such as new body soap, laundry soap, or even new clothing, or you haven't been outside where you could have had an allergic reaction to something, bed bugs may be the reason for those welts.

You've Spotted Blood Smears

Brown or reddish smears on walls, on bedding, or on outlets may be from bed bugs. Bed bugs will bite you and feed off of your blood. The bed bugs can smear your blood around your home. If you find these marks on your walls, or in other areas, check mattresses around your home for any live bugs or skin sheds. Check light switches or electrical outlets for live or dead bugs, and check baseboards and wall hangings as well.

You Found Live Bugs

If you pull up your sheets and take a good look at your mattress and see live bugs, you have a problem that needs to be taken care of. Vacuum the mattress immediately and wash your sheets, blankets, and everything you can on your bed in the hottest water possible. Dry in the hottest setting as well. If you cannot wash or dry something, place it into a plastic bag and leave it tied tightly for at least 48 hours until the bugs die off. Place your mattress into a mattress bag and pull the mattress away from the bed frame. Take a close look around the room for any other bugs, such as on side tables, in the carpeting, or on anything else surrounding your bed. Wipe down everything in the room, remove as much from the floor as you can and vacuum the carpeting thoroughly. Empty the canister and any dust cloths into a plastic bag outside of your home.

Bed bugs are not only found in beds. They can be found elsewhere in your home as well. If you think you may have a bed bug problem, hire a professional pest control company to get bed bug treatment.