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Bed Bug Detection: Expectations vs. Reality

Bed bug detection is the first and the last step of the process to remove an infestation from your home. It is important that expectations match the reality of how the process will go. Searching for these nasty critters is difficult and having a professional on your side is the way to go.

Bed bugs are frustrating and uncomfortable. They can ruin your sleep and cause you to itch and scratch. The thought of bugs in your bed can be quite unsettling to many people. And getting the problem dealt with may be harder than you would anticipate. 

What Are Bed Bugs?

Bed bugs are small insects that feed on warm blood. They will only feed on living creatures and have no interest in anything dead. They seek out warm bodies, and as such a bed is a great place for bed bugs. With humans staying in bed for several hours at a time, they have a captive feeding ground. 

While bed bugs are mostly harmless, they can be very irritating. In most cases, people have reactions to the bed bugs bites. Regardless of whether you do have an reaction or not, you will want to be rid of them. 

How Easy Is Bed Bug Detection?

You may expect that bed bugs would be quite easy to spot. The reality is that they are quite elusive and hard to spot.

One of the biggest signs that you have bed bugs is that you find yourself itching. If you wake up in the morning and have small bites, you may have bed bugs. But of course, there could be other reasons for the marks. You may have an allergy, and the marks are a rash. Or, you may have been bitten by another insect. In order to be sure, you will have to do some detective work. 

But you may have bed bugs and not even get the itchy reaction. 

Detecting bed bugs can be challenging. When you are not in bed, the bugs will hide. They could be under your mattress or hidden under your box spring. You just don’t know. 

There are some clues to look out for. You may be able to spot exoskeleton shells that the bed bugs shed. These may be left on your sheets or on the floor below your bed. You should also look for small black stains on the tuffs of your mattress. Now, these will be very small.

But even then, you still can’t be sure. Professional services like SBPD can use several methods to confirm an infestation, including using dogs.

How Are Bed Bugs Removed?

If you think that you may have bed bugs in your home, don’t try and kill them yourself. Get help from professionals to ensure you get them all. A bed bug infestation can be very hard to remove. Bugs will hide anywhere they feel safe, but mainly in or around your bed. In order to make sure all the bed bugs have been removed as well as all their eggs, professional help is required.

SBPD uses green methods to detect and then completely remove your bed bugs. With bed bugs, if you leave one behind, it’s one too many. You need to get them all. That is why you can trust SBPD to ensure you get everyone. To book an inspection or for more information, give Seattle’s Best Pest Detection a call.