The only way to know for sure is to produce a sample.
Baltimore, Maryland (PRWEB) June 19, 2013
Rest Assured, A Maryland Pest Control Company released their guide today on “How to know if you have Bed Bugs”.
The only way to be certain if you have bed bugs is to have an actual sample of the bug. There can be many explanations for bites and symptoms. A doctor can only suggest possible explanations such as bed bugs.
The first step in determining if it is bed bugs after concerns have been raised is to look at symptoms. Unlike many bugs that bite at random, bed bug bites tend to be itchy and red and occur in a line as the bugs bite and hop.
There are also other preliminary ways to find an infestation. One common way is to find fecal stains from the bugs. These stains are partially digested blood but will not be red. It tends to be black and will look like a cluster of black droppings and cannot be rubbed off. They will smear if rubbed with a wet rag.
However the only sure way to know is to produce a sample. Here are a couple of ways to get one:
•Visual Inspection: Examine corners and crevices around the mattress and sheets. If nothing is found in these places pull up the mattress and inspect the box spring. Again, look in the crevices and hardest to reach areas. Bed Bugs are notoriously sneaky and will hide in the darkest and most secure place they can during the day while still being close to their host.
•Install Interception Devices: If a visual inspection does not reveal an infestation another way to catch them is to trap them during the night when they are active. Something as simple as sticky two sided tape can be put around the base of the bed and near the sleeping individual. This way when the bugs are active one may be caught to take to an exterminator.
•Encasement: Another option is to encase the mattress in a plastic sheath. The plastic will restrict the movement of the bugs and aid in detection. Encasement won’t stop them reproducing and spreading necessarily, but it is a good preliminary step.
•Contact an Expert: The best option is to contact an expert. A pest control expert will know exactly what to look for and can very quickly enact a treatment plan to stop the bugs before they spread and multiply. Early treatment is critical to stop the bugs from becoming a long term problem.
Ultimately once bed bugs are found, or even if they aren’t found, it’s advisable to seek professional help because an infestation that is not caught quickly can spiral out of control.
About Rest Assured:
With more than three decades of experience in the Maryland Pest Control Industry, Rest Assured seeks to be the first line of defense in the community against bed bugs and other pests. Rest Assured serves Baltimore City & County, Catonsville, Anne Arundel, Carroll, Cecil, Harford, Howard, Montgomery and Prince George County. Rest Assured specializes in Baltimore Bed Bug extermination and also handles roaches, rats and other pests.