Three Easy-To-Spot Signs Of Bed Bugs In Your Las Vegas Home

Bed bugs can be a nightmare if they have time to take root in your home. These insects hide in every nook and cranny and come out at night to feed on your blood. Once they're fully established, it is extremely difficult to get rid of them without the assistance of a licensed pest control professional. Here are three easy-to-spot signs that you have bed bugs—and also a few signs that aren't so easy to spot. These tips could help you get those bugs before they find too many places to hide in your home.

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1. Flat, Oval Insects

If you see an oval insect with six legs, two stubby antennae, and a see-through abdomen, and you recognize it as a bed bug, you can get that bug before it gets you. The problem is that most people can't identify bed bugs. Why? There are a few reasons. These reasons can help you properly identify bed bugs early.

  • An adult bed bug is only 4.5 mm long. That's really small. At this small size, it is hard to see the characteristics that are easily seen in a photo, such as the crease lines on the abdomen, the black fecal matter in the abdomen, or blood in the abdomen.

  • Bed bugs aren't always adults. If you don't know what an immature bed bug nymph looks like, you could mistake it for another insect. When bed bugs first hatch, they are pale in color, extremely transparent, and only about 1mm long. After its first blood meal, the immature nymph may have a bright red abdomen or visible fecal matter in its abdomen. The fecal matter, which is black, can make baby bed bugs look like black insects.

  • Bed bugs don't hide out in the open. They get into tight spaces. If you're checking an item, such as a duffel bag, you need to dig into the cracks and creases with a credit card or some other implement to bring these bugs out into the open. Once you do, you should be able to identify them.

2. Eggs

Sometimes bed bugs come into your home while they're still inside their eggs. These eggs do not need the mother in order to hatch. Once in your home, a batch of eggs can start a quick infestation. These eggs are pale white and about 1mm long. You'll find these eggs in tight spaces and dark places. You'll need to search for them in the same way you would search for nymphs.

3. Warning Signs

Catching bed bugs or their eggs before an infestation breaks out in your home can allow you to kill the bugs early with techniques we'll provide below, but there are some warning signs bed bugs will give you after an infestation has begun. If you recognize them and take decisive action, you may be able to stop the infestation.

Bites — When bed bug nymphs bite, the wounds aren't as bad as the wounds caused by the adults. They may only appear as tiny red bumps. If you see tiny red bumps on your skin that look like they follow a path, and they are isolated in one condensed spot, those could be bed bug bites.

Blood — Bed bugs leak blood after feeding. This can stain your sheets, pillow cases, and other fabrics. If you see dried brown stains, it could be an indication of a bed bug infestation.

Skins — As a bed bug grows, it sheds its skin several times. These skins may appear pale or yellow.

Feces — Bed bugs leave their black fecal matter lying around for you to see. If you see black stains, bed bugs could be to blame.

What To Do If You Find Bed Bugs Or Eggs

  • Items that can be put through a 30-minute dryer cycle should be dried. The temperature of a dryer will kill bed bugs in all stages of development.

  • Items that can go in the dryer should be put outside of your home and clearly marked. These can be treated by a professional.

What To Do If You Have An Infestation

Remember that Red Rock Pest Control is available to help you with all your pest control needs in the Greater Las Vegas area. Reach out to us for immediate assistance.


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