It is a fact that bedbugs can be difficult to locate, especially if we have never suffered from this pest before. For the same reason, many people are unable to identify bedbugs, and their bites are often diagnosed as mosquito bites.
However, once you know the right places to look for bedbugs, you can probably detect them, so you can eradicate the pest. Adult bedbugs are easy to find if you know how to search properly.
Here’s how you can find signs of bedbugs in mattresses and sheets and other signs that will help you fight them effectively. Remember that getting to the root of the problem is vital to exterminate these pests.
Signs of bedbugs on mattresses, sheets and other furniture
Be aware that bedbugs enter your home undetected through luggage, beds, clothing, used furniture and other items. Their flat bodies allow them to enter narrow places, which are as thick as a credit card.
Even if your home is kept clean, bedbugs can still enter because they live only on blood.
Blood stains on your sheets
Waking up and noticing that your sheets have small bloodstains may be an indication that you have a bedbug infestation in your home. Sometimes people crush these bugs during or after feeding at night.
This can lead to blood splatter on your sheets, duvets, or pillows. If you wake up with bloody specks in your bed, we recommend you contact an expert to diagnose whether you have a bedbug infestation.
Dark spots on the mattress
If you get dark spots on your sheets or mattress, it is most likely due to bedbugs. They often leave faecal signs on the bedding or wherever they have gathered in large numbers.
So if you’re unlucky enough to touch any of these stains with your hand, they’re likely to leave a foul, unpleasant smell.
Presence of clusters of shells on furniture
The eggshells of the bedbugs emerge as white specks in the shape of a shell. Sometimes they can be spotted and are generated when these insects shed their skin during their growth.
Even if you find the eggshells on your mattress or headboard, you may still be able to get them under furniture or in cushions. Bedbugs prefer fabric and wood over metal or plastic.
White stains on the joints of your furniture
Another sign that you may have a bedbug infestation is the discovery of small white traces in the joints of your furniture or in the holes of your mattress. If you see these signs, it’s important to check all other places for signs of infestation.
Use a torch to check between the headboards and cushions of your furniture, removing the fabric attached to the inside of your furniture whenever necessary.
When buying second-hand furniture
It is common to buy second-hand furniture. However, there is a lot of risk involved in buying furniture of this type, as this is one of the most common ways bedbugs infiltrate the home.
The high prices charged by a professional to remove these parasites from the home may convince you that it is better to buy a new piece of furniture rather than a second-hand one.
Other signs that bedbugs are present
Presence of red spots and itching
One of the most obvious signs of a bedbug problem is located on your skin. Bedbug bites are characterised by being red, itchy and inflamed depending on how the person reacts.
Bedbugs are especially active at night, biting people as they sleep. They feed by pricking the skin and drawing blood for 3-10 minutes to feed and continue their journey.
However, people who have a bedbug infestation in their home do not always know about it, as many do not have physical reactions to bedbug bites. That’s why it’s crucial that people regularly check for bedbugs in their homes.
Linear pattern bites
Another feature of a bedbug infestation is that you can wake up with a particular bite pattern on your skin. These bites appear as a line, which means you can tell them apart from mosquito and flea bites, which have a different formation.
Moist smell for no reason
The smell of dampness is typical of leaks, but if you don’t have these drawbacks start to worry as this can be a sign of a bedbug infestation, along with all the other signs.
The musty smell is because bedbugs release pheromones that are strong enough when there are too many of them.
Dark spots on the walls
Although it may seem strange to you, bedbugs leave faecal stains on the walls or under wallpaper. If you can’t find any signs of infestation on your bed or furniture, try looking at the walls.
A history of bedbugs in your neighbourhood
One thing you should know to identify bedbugs, is that both males and females of this species are much smaller than an apple seed. And because they are so small, it is what makes them pass from one person to another, and from one house to the next without you noticing.
Just by visiting your neighbour’s bedbug-infested house, getting some of their belongings or even going to a hotel room with the same situation, you can bring bedbugs into your home.