How To Identify The Presence Of Bed Bugs

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How To Identify The Presence Of Bed Bugs

If you live, work or travel anywhere within the United States, you have a one in five chance of encountering a bed bug infestation. The tiny, parasitic insects, once limited to only a few parts of the country, are now found in all 50 states. People who might never have known about bed bugs 10 years ago are now at risk of becoming victims of the bites they inflict.

Protecting your health and wellbeing

Bed bugs are tiny, reddish-brown insects that are no bigger than Lincoln’s head on a penny, but the pain and suffering they can cause you by biting to feed on your blood can have life-threatening consequences if you are allergic to them. Even if you are not allergic to them, bed bug bites can cause scars requiring cosmetic surgery or other medical treatment to eliminate.

The insects reproduce at an alarming rate, so it is imperative that you find and eradicate them as quickly as possible. When left untreated, bed bugs lay eggs at the rate of five a day. The average bed bug can produce up to 500 eggs during its lifetime. A minor bed bug infestation is much easier to get rid of than one that is left undetected to spread into a problem that is difficult and costly to eliminate.

Signs of infestation

Frequently, the first sign you notice indicating the presence of bed bugs is the itchy and irritated skin at the site of their bites. Unfortunately, bed bug bites can be mistaken for the bites of mosquitos and other insects.

There are, however, other signs that can help you to identify the presence of a bed bug infestation in your home, hotel or resort. Things to look for include:

  • A strong, musty odor in a room could be caused by excretions given off by bed bugs
  • Rust- or reddish-colored stains on your mattresses, sheets or mattress covers could be caused by the insect’s excrement or by blood after they feed
  • Outer shells periodically shed by the insects
  • Bed bug eggs and egg shells along surfaces or in their hiding places
  • Dead insects on sheets or mattresses
  • Live bed bugs

Places to search for signs of bed bug infestation

Bed bugs usually hide within eight feet of where they feed, so beds and areas and objects nearby are good places to look for signs of infestation. Common locations where you might see signs of bed bugs include:

  • Piping, tags and seams of mattresses and box springs
  • Chair and couch cushions, including the seams and between cushions
  • Curtain seams
  • Electrical outlets
  • Loose wallpaper seams
  • Along the sides of window and door frames
  • Suitcases and garment bags
  • Clothing

Bed bug bites are a serious health issue, so early detection is essential

Just because the hotel or resort at which you are staying appears to be clean does not mean it is not infested with bed bugs. Bed bugs are not a sign of a dirty environment. If the place at which you are staying is infested, you could take bed bugs home with you on your clothing or in your luggage when you leave.

Preventing the spread of bed bugs, and avoiding the medical expenses, pain and suffering, and lost earnings associated with being bitten calls for early detection and eradication of infestations. If you believe that you or a family member have suffered bed bug bite injuries, contact The Felicetti Law Firm P.C. for knowledgeable legal advice and guidance about your right to recover compensation. You can schedule an appointment by calling us at (800) 707-1954,

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