How To Tell If It Is Bed Bugs In Your Portsmouth Home


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What do bed bugs look like? Can you tell if you have bed bugs without actually seeing them? If you’ve never had bed bugs, count yourself lucky. These pests can make getting a good night’s sleep nearly impossible. But the trouble with bed bugs is that they are often mistaken for other insects, and infestations are ignored until they become severe. If you’ve been wondering how to tell if you have bed bugs in Portsmouth, here’s what you need to know. 

Why Bed Bugs Are Mistaken For Other Pests

Bed bugs are small, parasitic insects that are often compared to apple seeds in terms of appearance. But you’re not very likely to see a bed bug out in the open, and so other pests, or the evidence that other pests leave behind, are often mistaken for bed bugs.

The clearest sign of a bed bug infestation is usually a smattering of bite marks on the body. But other pests like mosquitoes and ticks can leave similar bite marks. This might cause someone to brush off their bed bug bites as mosquito bites, or vice versa, might cause someone to panic when they wake up to a mosquito bite.

Small insects like carpet beetles, cockroach nymphs, and fleas are often mistaken for bed bugs. These pests share some physical similarities with bed bugs (at least in terms of size) and can be found in the bedroom or even hiding in bedsheets. 

How To Properly Identify Bed Bugs

Properly identifying bed bugs is the most important step to taking the correct course of action in controlling them. You don’t want to waste your money exterminating a few carpet beetles mistaken for bed bugs. And you don’t want to let a small bed bug infestation to develop into a large one.

Most bed bugs measure between 3/16 and 1/4 inch in length. They have flat, oval-shaped bodies and are reddish-brown in color. Bed bug eggs resemble small grains of white rice and measure about 1/16 inch. The eggs hatch in about a week’s time and can be laid up to 200 at a time. When eggs hatch, the small, pale bed bugs, known as “nymphs,” emerge. The bed bug nymphs will molt several times before they reach maturity, leaving behind shed skin as they grow.

You might not spot a bed bug in the flesh. They are excellent at hiding and tend to be most active in the dark. But they do leave behind signs of their presence.

What Are The Signs Of Bed Bugs?

  • Bite marks: Bed bug bites appear on areas of skin exposed while you sleep: face, neck, arms, etc. These bites tend to appear in groupings and are either clustered together in a straight line or zig-zag pattern.

  • Shells and skin: As they go through their life cycle, bed bugs leave behind eggshells and shed skin. These flaky white materials may appear along the seams of mattresses or furniture, among other locations.

  • Stains: Bed bug droppings can appear as dark brown stains in your sheets. Similarly, blotches of red appearing in bedsheets is often a sign of crushed bed bugs. 

It’s important to note that bed bugs aren’t just confined to the bedroom, but can and will infest the entire home. They can hide in furniture, electronics, appliances, and in the folds of curtains. 

If you’ve spotted any signs of bed bugs in your Portsmouth home, don’t wait another minute. Get in touch with the experts at Ohio Pest Control right away. Following a thorough inspection of your home, we’ll perform safe and effective bed bug services using state-of-the-art heat treatment. Our professional technicians will follow up until your bed bugs are gone for good. Contact us today for your free inspection. 


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