How to recognize a bed bug infestation?

Posted on Mar 11, 2022      182

How to recognize a bed bug infestation?

A reddening of the skin or a slight itching can indicate a bedbug bite. A concrete sign of a bed bug infestation is the additional skinning remains, feces or eggs that can be found, as the latest story of the #BettwanzenBande illustrates.

Signs of bed bugs

There are many signs of a bed bug infestation. It doesn’t matter at all whether it’s your own bedroom, a hostel, a 1-star or 5-star hotel room.

Bed bugs travel everywhere, no matter with whom!

As pest control professionals, we often receive the following questions from our clients:

1.) Can you see bed bugs?

Even though they are tiny (usually between 4 and 5 mm ), it is possible to see adult bed bugs with the naked eye. If they can see bed bugs, there is already a major infestation problem.

Because of their flat body structure, bed bugs can nestle in the tightest cracks and recesses. Anywhere there is room for a small pinhead, a large bed bug can find shelter. Pretty impressive actually, isn’t it?

2.) Where do bed bugs hide ?

These are the most common hiding places where we find bed bugs:

  • Bed frames (stands, headboards, crevices, etc.)
  • Mattress seams
  • Carpeting
  • skirting boards / gaps
  • Drill holes
  • Wooden floorboard gaps
  • Sockets
  • Wallpaper seams
  • Drawers and cupboards
  • Closets
  • Bedside tables

3.) What color are bed bugs?

Bed bugs have a brownish coloration, but the more blood they suck from their human host, the darker and redder they become.

4.) What is the inspection procedure?

With a potential bed bug infestation, it is always important to check:

  1. Where to look for signs of bed bugs?
  2. What signs of bed bugs can be found there?
  • Bed Bug Eggs - tiny, whitish oval shaped objects. Where? They are usually found in small groups in cracks or spaces between furniture or fixtures. It is rare to find eggs directly in your bed. They like to hide in the seams of your mattress.
  • Bed Bug Droppings - Appears as small black spots (smaller than 1 mm). Where? Bed bugs tend to defecate directly after each feeding. This is found on the mattress and comprises dried blood.
  • Molt Remains - During their life cycle, bed bugs must molt five times. Where? Several layers of stripped skin can often be found behind bed headboards, along baseboards or in the seams of the mattress.
  • Blood stains - Tiny red spots. Where? These remnants of nighttime bloodsucking are found on the mattress and bed sheets. They are tiny stains.
  • Sickly sweet odor - It is not uncommon for people to notice an unpleasant odor in their home from heavy bed bug infestations.

If you experience one or more of these signs, you should have your premises inspected for a bed bug infestation.

I recognize these signs. What do I do now?

Get professional help to specifically identify and professionally eliminate the problem.

Unfortunately, sitting out the problem is not an option:

  • Bed bugs spread from room to room, whether in your own home or in hotels.
  • You will continue to be bitten by the day and night active bugs. For some people, this is not a problem. However, those who are quickly allergic to insect bites will continue to be plagued by itching or rashes.
  • A female bed bug lays 200-500 eggs in less than 2 months. An egg will develop into an adult bed bug in only 45 days if conditions are favorable.

Take action and ask for help from a professional.