Adult bed bugs are about the size of an apple seed, but their eggs can be as small as a speck of dust. This, along with their brownish color, makes them hard to spot on wooden furniture and dark sheets.
Since they purely feed on blood and are active at night, bedbugs prefer hiding inside and around beds.
These bites turn into little itchy welts sometimes accompanied by dried blood. The welts typically appear on areas of skin exposed while sleeping (1).
Although they are annoying and itchy, bedbug bites do not transmit any diseases. But if you get them, you’ll want to know how to get rid of bed bugs for good–and fast!
How to Know you Have Bed Bugs
If you have crisp white sheets, you should be able to see bed bugs while changing your sheets. Adult bedbugs will be easier to spot, but nymphs and eggs can be almost invisible to the naked eye.
According to WedMD, other signs that you have bedbugs include(2):
- Blood stains on your sheets or pillowcases
- Dark or rusty spots of bedbug excrement on sheets and mattresses, bed clothes, and walls
- Bedbug fecal spots, egg shells, or shed skins in areas where bedbugs hide
- An offensive, musty odor from the bugs’ scent glands
While adult bedbugs can be relatively easy to kill, their eggs are a whole other story (3).
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