As bedbugs become an increasingly common headache for more and more people around the world everyday, bedbug symptoms aren’t always clear.
Bed bugs can be introduced into your residence from used furniture (beds, couches) as well as via your luggage after returning from a holiday. If you can’t pinpoint the source of the bedbugs, there are numerous common symptoms that can help you to decide whether you’re dealing with a bedbug infestation.
A bedbug rash symptoms
One of the first symptoms of the existence of bedbugs is the nasty red rash. A bedbug rash is usually itchy, and in some people it can also be very inflamed. It looks like a cluster of tiny mosquito bites or flea bites.
Bedbugs can bite you anywhere on your body including on the arms, legs, torso, back, neck and face – the rash may be localised to one part of your body or be apparent all over your body.
Bedbugs on your bedding
You can identify bedbugs simply by doing a good inspection of your bed, bedding, mattress, covers and the furniture surrounding your bed. Pay particular attention to cracks and crevices, because bedbugs like to hide in very dark spots.
Fully grown adult bed bugs can be easily seen by the naked eye, yet signs of smaller bugs in various bed bug life cycle stages may be more difficult to spot.
Blood stains on your sheets
Another common bedbug symptom is blood stains on your sheets and pillowcases. Blood stains can come from bedbugs that may have been squashed during the night after being rolled on.
It’s very important to remember that blood stains alone may not indicate the presence of bed bugs. If you find blood stains on your sheets, you should try to identify other of bed bug symptoms before assuming you have a bedbug infestation.
The faecal droppings of bedbugs may appear as tiny, smeared brownish-red or rusty-coloured spots on your mattress or bedding and on the areas around the bed. They may also be present along with bedbug castings and bedbug eggs.
Bedbug shell castings
As bedbugs move to the next life cycle, the bedbugs shed their outer skin. The skin is hollow and light-coloured. Castings of various sizes, as well as bedbug egg shells, may be visible on your bed sheets and bedding if you look close enough.
A musty smelling odour
Bedbugs can also give off an odour from their scent glands which may be very mild and musty or stronger if there is a large infestation. It is often describe as similar to that of berries.
Although there hasn’t been much research into bedbug odours, scientists think that the scent glands and the scent may attract other bedbugs for reasons such as mating and forming colonies.
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