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How to Know When You Might Have Bed Bugs

Bed bugs are a horrible thing if they invade your home or business. They can drive you out of your house or keep customers from wanting to work with you.

These small, annoying bugs can bite and cause red bumps that itch. They tend to infest a home or business quickly and cause all kinds of issues. If you think you might have bed bugs, here are some of the main signs to look for.

Top 5 Signs You Might Have Bed Bugs

1. Bed Sheet Stains that are Dark

Bed bugs tend to cause a big mess and leave small, dark stains behind. If you change your bedding and you notice little reddish stains or smaller spots like bleed marks, you might have bed bugs.

These spots come from smashing the bugs or their eggs as you move around in the bed.

2. You Spot Small Eggs

Bed bugs lay small eggs and you might find little eggshells throughout your home where they have hatched. These tend to be semi-transparent or white and they have an oblong shape to them. It may look like a grain of rice and while it’s hard to spot one egg, they will likely come in clusters.

3. Musty Odors

Another sign you might have bed bugs is a musty odor in your home. When you smell musty orders, it could be the pheromones from the bed bugs in your home. It’s a potential smell and can cause you to notice pretty quickly. The smell is much like a bunch of damp towels that have been left out too long.

4. You get Small Bug Bites

A tell-tale sign you have bed bugs is small, itchy bug bites on your skin. They look like little reg bumps and they will itch. Typically, you wake up with these bumps as bed bugs like to get their meals at night and they snack on human blood.

Bed bug bites will look similar to a mosquito bite, but they will likely come in a pattern and you will have a straight line or another pattern of multiple bites.

5. You’ve Recently Stayed at a Hotel

While staying in a hotel doesn’t guarantee you have bed bugs, if it goes along with one of the other signs, you might have bed bugs. Many hotels are known for having bed bugs and you can pick them up when you stay.

Make sure, when staying at a hotel, you survey the room for signs of bed bugs on the furniture and bed. You can also look under the mattress for signs. Most hotels will be just fine, but it’s common to pick up bed bugs from a hotel.

If you discover bed bugs in your home, it’s time to call Ratchet Roach. We provide bed bug treatment and extermination services to ensure you can get rid of these pesky little pests and keep them gone for good. Whether you discover an actual bed bug or you find multiple signs, our team will inspect your home and let you know if you have an issue.