How Can I Tell If My Dallas Home Has A Bed Bug Problem?

March 15, 2021

While we have all probably been told to not, “let the bed bugs bites,” at some point in our lives, the truth is many people don’t even know if and when they have bed bugs living in their Dallas home. That's because many folks aren’t aware of the signs of a bed bug infestation. Unfortunately, if you don’t deal with bed bugs promptly, they will spread throughout your home, making them quite difficult to get rid of. It is important for you to know the signs of a bed bug infestation so you can act quickly in addressing the issue. Furthermore, you need to know the effective bed bug control solutions you can count on to get them out of your Dallas home should it become infected.

a bed bug on a mattress in a bedroom

What Do Bed Bugs Look Like?

One of the reasons many people don’t know that they have bed bugs is because they don’t know what bed bugs look like. While they may be small pests, they are not invisible. It is important to be able to identify bed bugs. Bed bugs have small ovoid bodies that are reddish-brown in color. Because of their similar appearance, bed bugs are sometimes referred to as apple seeds with legs. While their bodies are flat before feeding on a blood meal, after feeding, their bodies will engorge and turn to a deep reddish-purple color. 
Bed bugs will often make their homes inside of mattresses and box springs. This is because bed bugs are nocturnal and these locations allow them to feed on the blood of sleeping humans. However, while a bed bug infestation may begin around a bed, if not dealt with, it will spread to other areas of a home. Bed bugs might live in upholstered furniture, in carpets and rugs, on curtains, in appliances, and in-wall sockets.

What Are The Signs Of A Bed Bug Infestation?

Oftentimes, the first sign of a bed bug infestation is the appearance of bite marks on your body. Bite marks from bed bugs tend to appear as small red bumps, not unlike that of a mosquito bite. However, while mosquito bites tend to be placed at random, bed bug bites typically appear in linear formations. Bed bug bites can itch, but be cautious not scratch them too hard or you could create secondary infections. Furthermore, if a bed bug infestation grows too large or lasts for too long, it can lead to anemia in people. 
In addition to bed bug bites, some other signs of bed bugs in your Dallas home include:

  • Rust-like stains from bed bug excrement on your sheets, pillowcases, or upholstered furniture.
  • Bloodstains on your bedding, sheets, and upholstered furniture.
  • A musty smell emitting from your bed or furniture.

What Should You Do If Bed Bugs Invade Your Dallas Home?

Remember, when it comes to bed bug infestations, time is a very big factor. If you wait to deal with it, the bed bugs can spread throughout your Dallas home, making this already persistent pest that much more difficult to get rid of. Therefore, if you notice any of the signs of a bed bug infestation in your home, contact the professionals here at Greenforest Termite & Pest Control right away and ask about our Bed Bug Control Program.

Our bed bug control program consists of a free inspection, treatment of all problem areas, and a follow-up inspection/treatment to ensure your home is bed-bug free. You don’t need to lose sleep over bed bugs in your Dallas home. Simply call the pros here at Greenforest Termite & Pest Control, and let us take care of the problem for you.

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