Bed bugs are generally oval and flat with a rust-colored body. Their small size means they can be very difficult to see, especially when they first hatch making them easy to inadvertently transport from one location to another.
If you have traveled to a place that has bed bugs, you could accidentally bring them back into your home.
To check for bed bugs, look for blood spots on bed sheets and mattresses or any staining that may have resulted from the remnants of a bed bug or its fecal matter. If you have been bitten by bed bugs you may notice itchy bumps on your skin. Sometimes you will also observe a musty odor that is emitted by them.
Bed bugs are not just found in beds but many other areas such as books, picture frames, soft furnishings, clothing, and other furniture items.
If you think you have detected the presence of bed bugs in your home, don’t panic and attempt to treat the problem by yourself as this may make the issue worse. Instead, contact a professional pest control company that is trained to treat this type of problem.