Are bed bugs keeping you up at night? Affinity Pest Control is your one-stop solution for pest control in Garden City and the surrounding areas. We know bed bugs like the back of our hands, and we work diligently to provide our customers with the information they can arm themselves with to prevent infestations in their homes.

In this informative guide, we’ll walk you through many of the signs and symptoms of a bed bug infestation so that you can start working immediately toward removing it. 

Clear Signs Of A Bed Bug Infestation In Your Home

Part of the problem with bed bugs is that it can be difficult to even realize you have an infestation. The longer they go unnoticed in your home, the worse the infestation will be and the more difficult it will be to eliminate it, so it’s important to be able to recognize the early warning signs of a bed bug infestation so that you can call a professional immediately should one occur.

The first and most obvious warning sign is the presence of bed bugs themselves. Unlike most bugs, you aren’t likely to actually see them or even feel them when they bite you - because you’ll be asleep. However, if your home is infested you may be able to find them within your sheets or furniture.

Bed bugs are small, six-legged black bugs with flat, oval-shaped bodies that can expand into the form resembling a pill or apple seed after feeding. They are incredibly small even as adults, measuring no larger than about 1/5 of an inch, so you’ll have to inspect your bedding very carefully to find them.

Some other warning signs of bed bugs include:

  • Spotting: black or dark brown spots on your furniture or bedding
  • Eggs: minuscule white eggs no larger than a pinhead, found in clusters
  • Bites: Small reddish bites found in tight groupings on your skin
  • Shed skin: discarded brown shell casings from the molting process 
  • Odor: foul, rotten-smelling odor permeating your home 
  • Blood: rust-colored bloodstains appearing in small splotches or smears on bed sheets, clothing, and pillows 

If you’ve started waking up with mysterious bites on your legs, check to see if you can find any of the above warning signs in your room and on your bed. If you find one or more of the above warning signs as well, the chances are high that bed bugs are the culprit.

The Symptoms Of Bed Bug Bites

Bed bug bites are often red and swollen, with a small dark spot in the center of each individual bite. They are found in groups of 3-4, arranged in lines or clusters. They are most commonly found at your body’s extremities, around your ankles or wrists.

If a bedbug bites your skin, you won’t feel it right away: not only will you probably be asleep, but bed bugs also excrete a tiny amount of anesthetic before feeding. And even after being bitten, it often takes several days for symptoms to develop. This is part of why they can be so difficult to identify early on, and why people often don’t become aware they have bed bugs until a severe infestation is underway.

Why DIY Bed Bug Control Is A Waste Of Time & Money 

If you look online, you can find all sorts of do-it-yourself guides and so-called expert advice on how you can take care of these bed bugs alone. But the fact of the matter is, if DIY treatments were effective in the first place, professional bed bug control wouldn’t be necessary.

Bed bugs have a number of factors that make them incredibly difficult to eliminate for homeowners working on their own, such as:

  • Their incredible climbing ability allows them to access almost anywhere in the home.
  • Their small size helps them evade detection even in your bedding and furniture.
  • Once inside, their quick reproductive rate allows them to spread quickly to other areas of the home.
  • Unhatched bed bugs still in their eggs are resistant to traditional bed bug treatments.

These factors combined mean that homeowners are always fighting an uphill battle. Even if you can identify the source of the infestation, there’s no guarantee that you’ll be able to eliminate the entire bed bug population. And if you leave even a few alive, or fail to eliminate all their eggs, it’s only a matter of time before the infestation rears its ugly head again. That’s why it’s always best to trust a professional pest management service for bed bug control.

The Trick To Total Bed Bug Control For Your Home

If you want complete bed bug control for your Garden City home, the only solution is professional bed bug control. Give us a call today at Affinity Pest Control and find out why one of our professional bed bug treatment programs is your perfect catch-all solution. We’ll not only eliminate an existing bed bug problem in your home but also keep you protected from infestations in the future. Call us today for all the details!