Bed bugs can be difficult to identify. A bed bug doesn't always look like what you might think. Many Monmouth County residents are familiar with the seed-shaped, rust-colored, adult bed bugs, but are not familiar with the immature nymphs or the altered coloration that adult bed bugs sometimes have. On top of this, a bed bug is less than 4.5mm long. That is pretty small.

Today, we're going to help you with properly identifying these pests and give you some other ways to tell that you have bed bugs in your Monmouth County home. As always, keep in mind that bed bug detection is easy when you have us do it. But if you'd rather do it yourself, here's what you need to know.

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a bed bug on a blanket

Monmouth County Bed Bug Identification

Unless you are an entomologist, you probably don't know how to identify bed bugs. Believe us when we say, there are few people who actually do. You're not alone. Use these characteristics to help:

  • Bed bug eggs are white and about 1mm long.

  • Bed bugs are nymphs when they hatch from their eggs. Nymphs have six legs, two antennae, and three body parts, just like the adults. They are pale at first and become tan, over time.

  • The skin of a bed bug is transparent. In all stages, you'll be able to see blood or black feces inside the abdomen. This is very noticeable in immature nymphs. If you see a nymph that has had a recent blood meal, it will look like a tiny, 1mm, pale white and red bug.

  • In all stages, bed bugs are seed-shaped.

  • Adult bed bugs can appear black if they have not had a recent blood meal, or red if they have.

Now that you know how to identify bed bugs, it's time to take a look at how to find bed bugs in your home. These insects don't just crawl around where you can see them. In these hiding places, you'll also find white eggs, shed skins, black feces, and bloodstains.

Where Bed Bugs Hide

It is possible to find bed bugs by lifting a blanket, but more often these insects do a much better job of hiding. They stay hidden during the day and come out at night to feed. Inspect these places to find bed bugs or bed bug evidence.

Beds

This is a key area for bed bugs. Unfortunately, it can be hard work finding bed bugs in your bed.

  • Gently remove covers and inspect.

  • Gently remove anything that is encompassing your mattress and inspect.

  • Now that the mattress is exposed, probe the seams and any tight spaces. Bed bugs prefer to be in compressed areas. If your mattress has a label, consider ripping it off to examine the area underneath.

  • Lift the mattresses and examine the bottom.

  • Examine the top of your box spring.

  • Probe the seam of your box spring and check around any plastic fastenings.

  • Lift the mattress and closely examine the bottom.

  • If you're able, look inside the hollow space of your box spring. This is the number one place bed bugs like to hide.

  • Use a flashlight to closely examine all the gaps and recesses in your bed frame.

Upholstered Furniture

Bed bugs can live in furniture. This is because they're able to feed on humans while they're awake.

  • Closely examine all the seams and stitching.

  • Lift cushions and examine the bottoms.

  • Inspect the interior where the cushions sat.

  • Turn furniture over to inspect underneath. This is a prime location to find bed bugs hiding.

Electronics

Bed bugs will hide in any item that has a void within. Inspect alarm clocks, computers, radios, televisions, and other devices for any black streaks.

In Your Home

Bed bugs can be found hiding under carpet edges, behind baseboards and crown molding, and living inside wall outlets. Do a detailed inspection of the areas around your bed, couches, and chairs. Look for black fecal stains or dried brown bloodstains.

You Have Bed Bugs, Now What?

Okay. Now that you're armed with the knowledge of how to find bed bugs, you need to know how to get rid of bed bugs. These pests can be very difficult to control. If exterminating bed bugs were an easy task, these insects would be extinct. Instead of extinction, they have a worldwide distribution and are almost exclusively indoor pests. The best way we know how to get rid of bed bugs is to invest in professional bed bug control. Professionals use field-tested methods and best practices established by industry experts.

Monmouth County Bed Bug Control

If you're in Monmouth County, we can help. Reach out to Alliance Pest Services for industry-leading bed bug control services. We'll help you find the right solution and make sure no bugs remain in your home.

 

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