Finding Bed Bugs

Finding Bed Bugs

Like any possible infestation, the quicker your establish that you have bed bugs, the easier our work will be to eradicate your home of this pests.  At Bye Bye Bed Bugs, we recommend a thorough assessment by one of our trained technicians, followed by a custom hot air treatment to rid your home of any bed bug infestation.  Then we always suggest to have your home rechecked on a routine basis to keep your homes free and clear of any unwanted pests.  If you’re not convinced that you have a bed bug issue and want to conduct your own inspection of your home, there are a few signs you should keep your eyes open for:

  • Blood stains on your clothing, pajamas, and bedding.
  • Rust or dark red colored stains from fecal stains or droppings.
  • Exoskeletons or shed bed bug skins.
  • Bed Bug Eggs
  • Dead adult bed bugs

You should conduct your bed bug search in the areas where you and your family members rest or spend extended amounts of time in.

Bed bugs get their names because they’re often found in and around beds because that’s where their meals sleep, i.e., you!  That being said, you should throughly search your mattress, box spring, headboard, footboard, bed frame, surrounding furniture, and fixtures close to your bed.  You should also inspect your couches, recliners, sitting chairs, and any pillows or cushions situated on these furniture items.

One sure sign that you have a full bed bug infestation on your hands is the discovery of any bed bug skins or exoskeletons that are abandoned after the molting process or ecdysis.  Bed bugs go through a 5 stage maturing process during which it molts after each blood feeding.  When a bed bug infestation is in the early stages, there are less skins or exoskeletons because adult bed bugs don’t molt after a feeding.  Once that handful of adult bed bugs continue to mate, the infestation becomes made up of primarily immature bed bugs, therefore increasing the amount of molting and discarded skins. These molted exoskeletons also don’t decompose at the same rate as a dead bed bug, so over time, as the infestation increases, so does the amount of built up exoskeletons. 

If you’ve come across these molted skins, as the leading hot air bed bug exterminator in Carlsbad, North County, and greater San Diego area, we recommend your contact us immediately so that we may assess the extent of your infestation and arrange a full eradication of your home. The worst thing you can do is continue cleaning up or try to get rid of them by yourself because this will only stir things up and allow the bed bugs to scatter and infest other untouched parts of your home. 

Don’t allow bed bugs to spread across your Carlsbad, Oceanside, Encinitas, San Marcos, Vista, Escondido, North County or elsewhere in your San Diego County home!  Contact Bye Bye Bed Bugs today!

Although bed bugs are fairly difficult to find due to their illusive way of existence, they do leave behind lots of evidence in the form of droppings or fecal stains.  These stains show up in a rust colored or dark red spot created by partially digested blood, which explains the dark rusty color instead of a deep red.  Bed bug droppings will show up in clusters on your mattress creases, buttons, corners, or bedding and be considered a sign of a potential bed bug infestation.  You should also treat this evidence like you do the presence of shed skins, the more droppings left behind, the larger your chances are of having a bed bug infestation.

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