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Sneha from Dulles, Va writes

I need help! Bed bugs! How do I know they're there?

How do i know for sure and if i have not seen one but am getting symptoms of them?


Here are signs of Bed Bugs: Signs of Bed Bug Infestation: Some of the signs of bed bugs include small blood stains or small, light brown skins found on bed sheets, headboards, walls, and other areas of a room. Look for these physical signs: Tiny black spots (excrement) on linens or other objects that when wet will turn red, small red stains from crushed bed bugs, translucent light brown skin casings, live bed bugs that are rusty-red in color, about the size of an apple seed. Typically, bedbugs like to stay as close as possible to their human hosts.  Look for dark fecal spots — digested human blood — or even the bugs themselves on bed sheets, in the seams of a mattress, between the mattress and box spring, in the crevices of a box spring, and in the corners of the mattress by the headboard. To thoroughly inspect your bedding, dismantle the bed and stand all of the components on edge so that upper and lower surfaces can be examined. Nightstands and dressers should be emptied and examined inside and out, then tipped over to inspect the woodwork beneath. Often, the bugs will be hiding in cracks, corners and recesses. Heavy infestations may have a musty or "buggy" smell, but the odor often isn't apparent and shouldn't be relied on for detection. Please be sure to check out our Bed bug Kits for sure fire eradication of Bed BUgs.

Answer last updated on: 07/17/2013

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