How to Identify Bed Bugs – Extended Cut – Orkin Pest Control

How to Identify Bed Bugs – Extended Cut – Orkin Pest Control


Now, I do have a lot of people asking me about bed bugs. And the answer is yes, bed bugs can be awfully difficult critters to spot. Let me show you something. They’re about this big. Not the penny, I mean Lincoln’s eyeball. That’s about the size of a bed bug. So unless you got super vision, good luck finding one. But I do have a few tips and tricks that I do at home that might just make you feel like a super hero. The first place I’d start with is…my body. If you’re waking up all itchy and scratchy, it could be a sign. It could also mean you’re allergic to shellfish. My point is, bed bugs feed off of your blood, and everybody reacts a little differently. The most tell-tale sign are bites that look like tiny chickenpox. Sometimes they appear in multiple tiny red lines – like this. Other times they’re all red and splotching – like this. It’s not a for-sure sign, but it’s definitely a good place to start. Next, we’re gonna look upstairs for their molten skin. Ugh. Every day with these stairs. Now bed bugs have an exoskeleton that they outgrow quickly and toss aside like… oh…like dirty laundry. He shoots…and that’s why I don’t play basketball. So we’re gonna look for collections of these little exoskeletons all along the seam of your mattress. And we’re gonna look for ‘em behind the headboards down here at the baseboard and even in the corner of our framed picture of Nana. I love you, Nana. Finally, we’re gonna look at bed bug feces. Yeah, that’s right, I’m talking about their poop. Now, you’re going to start by looking at your mattress. Mine doesn’t have any, so I’m going to show you one that does so you can see for yourself. Now bed bug poop looks an awful lot like freckles. Not the cute, dimply button freckles. More like gross, slimy, blackhead freckles. In fact, a lot of people mistake bed bug poop for mold or mildew. Ew. When it comes to bed bug feces, make sure you’re checking your entire mattress. Now we talked about looking at the seam and the mattress, but make sure you’re checking that mattress tag, too. Look under the box spring. If you got a skirt on your bed, look up under there. Look for anything along there, okay? What are some other places you could look? Well, I’m glad you asked. If you have any knick-knacks sitting right here – you want to check those out. Pull them aside. Look right there. Inside picture frames, you want to check those. How about electrical outlets? Do they look blackish, almost moldy? Curtains down at the bottom. Windowsills. These are all places you should be looking. Even…wait for it… the ceiling! Where bed bug feces is most often mistaken for mold and mildew. So if you see anything even remotely looking like that…you need to give us a call because frankly, there’s not a lot you can do on your own at that point. Right Otto? Right!

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