Bed bugs are very small and nocturnal. As a result, they are very difficult to detect. They do not transmit disease, but can produce allergic reactions. So, you should take measures to get rid of bed bugs if there is any in your home. Here are 4 tips to identify bed bugs.
- Bed bugs have small, oval-shaped and flat bodies. They have six legs and two antennae. They have short golden colored body hair that looks like stripes. They cannot fly.
- Adult bed bugs are reddish-brown in color and about 5 to 6 mm in length. After feeding, they can swell to up to 10mm and get darker and fatter.
- Bed bug nymphs are about 1-4mm in length. They are white or golden in color. Their color gets darker when they feed. Their light color helps them to hide in mattresses and carpets.
- You will see blood stains on your bed sheets sometime. This is due to bed bugs biting you while you are asleep. Live bed bugs leave dark brown or black spots of dried faeces after feeding on the areas they infest. They also give out a very sweet and musty odour.
You should inspect your pillowcases and sheets regularly for small brown blood stains. Bed bugs normally stay near the feeding areas. So, you should check along mattress seams, in the frames of beds, under carpet edges, behind pictures, loose wallpaper or any cracks. Bed bugs don’t come out during day time; as a result it is very hard to spot them. You should look for tiny and rust-colored stains on mattress seams, under seat cushions, and other probable places. Excessive heat or moisture attracts bed bugs. So, you should be more cautious about bed bugs during warmer seasons.