A bed bug infestation can quickly take over your home and while they’re not dangerous, they’re certainly a nuisance. Waking up with red itchy marks on your skin could be a sign of bed bugs but there are other visual clues to look out for. 

HOW DO YOU KNOW IF YOU HAVE BED BUGS?

WHAT DO BED BUGS LOOK LIKE?
Bed bugs are small but can be seen with the naked eye. Pictures of bed bugs on mattress show them to be a small bug with an oval brown body. They survive on the blood of humans and animals, after feasting on their victim, the body becomes engorged with blood and will take on a redder tone. 
Thankfully, they don’t have wings so you won’t see any flying around your bedroom. although, they do move over surfaces at a quick speed. Bed bugs can thrive in favorable conditions, feasting on your blood before each shedding and laying hundreds of eggs.
Bed bugs are mostly active at night and will bite your skin when you’re at your most vulnerable, sleeping.  

HOW DO YOU KNOW IF YOU HAVE BED BUGS?

SIGNS OF BED BUGS INCLUDE:

  • Bed bug bites (red itchy bumps up to 5cms in diameter) found on any area of the body, unlike mosquito bites that typically bite exposed skin only
  • Blood on your sheets
  • Bed bug droppings (dark spots the size of a full stop)
  • Reddish stains from crushed bed bugs
  • Small, pale-yellow eggshells and shed skin

SIGNS OF BED BUG INFESTATION CAN BE FOUND ON:

  • Your mattress
  • Bedframe and headboard
  • Any other furniture 
  • Cracks in the walls 
  • Carpets/rugs
  • Electronic devices  

WHAT TO DO IF YOU HAVE BED BUGS?

If you realize you have a bed bug infestation, don’t despair. Sneaky bed bugs can enter your home from second-hand mattresses and furniture, luggage, clothing, and pets. It’s doesn’t mean your home is dirty, it simply means you need to put your rubber gloves on and reach for the bed bug treatment.