If you ever wake up itching on your legs, face, back, or forearms, it could be bed bugs. The good thing to know is that they don’t carry any infested diseases. What they do is they spread. They’ve contributed to children’s anemia. So, the thing to do when testing for bed bugs is taking a feces smear test.
Bug bites (BB)
When you do wake up scratchy and feeling itchy, the only thing to do is this particular test which may be other types of the nuisance like fleas. Doctors or exterminators will not tell you if your bite or rash is coming from a bed bug so don’t bother asking. The saliva, when injected into you when feeding, is what you don’t want. This is what’s causing the itching in fact.
How will you know the bed bugs?
To find out if they are, in fact, bed bug feces is to see if there’s tiny black spots or dots within the seams of your mattresses. This is a good sign they may be these nuisances. Also, you may not see them because they are so small. Once you see bites or rash-like spots on your chest or other areas around your body, it could be fleas or those little critters, bed bugs! If you have children, you may want to get a professional. One way to test if you have them is to get a towel or tissue and rub against the seams of your mattress. In fact, if they are bed bugs then what you’ll see is a smear when you rub on it.
Odor of bed bug infestations
Bed bugs don’t need to be fed for about six months. But, if you move to an apartment or home, and it looks beautiful, neat and clean, it doesn’t mean it is. They can stay in the carpets. A massive bedbug infestation is an odor. If it smells like raw meat or beef, like a spoiled meat like the smell, overly sweet or musty, then it could be bed bugs. Inspect for feces quickly.
The bed bugs feces smear test is not difficult, but you do want to tackle the problem before it get’s worse and spreads. It can spread to the floor as well and if you have carpet then make sure you tackle the mattresses and blankets first. Here is the best way to test for bed bugs when you feel you have them on your mattresses.
Visible in various areas
When you have them, you’ll see that they are visible. They are about the size of a sesame seed. In fact, they only like to eat at night. Plus, if you have them, you’ll be able to see them in the daytime. Check behind the headboards, plus they like to be close the food. Check your mattress’ seams and the carpet, plus under the beds. They can live on the windowsills too. Other places they like living in are the curtains and around the bed area. Call an exterminator as soon as you find out that you do have them.
Get rid of them!
Finally, don’t panic because they can be dealt with. Hiring a professional exterminator is the best way to get rid of them. Since they can live for six months before you find out they even exist, wash all your sheets, regularly. You want your mattresses changed out also every 3-5 years to be on the safe side as well. Remember, when testing for these nuisances, they will smear. So, smear them out of your life and rid them once and for all!
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