Are These Bed Bugs In My Gainesville Home?

July 15, 2021

Bed bugs are some of the most misidentified pests that infest American homes. After all, what else could be causing bite marks to appear on your body when you wake up? The confusion is understandable, but properly identifying bed bugs is incredibly important for your comfort and well-being. If you’ve been wondering if you have bed bugs in your Gainesville home, here’s what you should know.

bed bug crawling on skin

Why Are Bed Bugs Hard To Identify?

Bed bugs bear a strong resemblance to several other home-invading insects. Cockroach nymphs, fleas, and carpet beetles are some of the pests most often confused for bed bugs. But the thing about bed bugs is that you’re unlikely to spot them in out in the open. So, any small insects you may find crawling around the bedroom are not likely to be actual bed bugs.

Bite marks on the body are typically the most reliable sign of bed activity, but even bite marks can be misleading. Pests like mosquitoes and ticks can also leave bite marks as a result of their blood-sucking. Mistaking a mosquito bite for bed bugs may cause you to purchase expensive DIY bed bug control treatments, which will be a waste of money. But worse is mistaking a bed bug bite for another insect, which could lead to existing bed bug infestations growing significantly worse.

What Do Bed Bugs Looks Like?

While they tend to stay out of sight, being able to properly identify bed bugs is essential for pursuing the right course of action to deal with them. Bed bugs are small parasites that are apple seed-like in appearance. Their bodies are flat and oval-shaped with a reddish-brown coloration. Most adult bed bugs measure between 3/16 and 1/4 inch in length. 

Bed bug eggs are pearl white and measure about 1/16 inch in size, resembling short grains of white rice. Up to 200 eggs can be laid by female bed bugs at a time, which can hatch in as little as a week. The juvenile bed bugs that emerge from the eggs are known as nymphs and will molt their skin in several stages before they reach maturity. 

Signs Of Bed Bugs

While they are often confused for other pests, signs of bed bug activity are unmistakable. Some signs of bed bug activity you should watch out for include: 

  • Stained sheets – Mysterious dark blotches on your sheets may be a sign of bed bugs. Dark spots can be caused by bed bug droppings or can be the result of a crushed bed bug.

  • Bite marks – Unlike mosquitoes and ticks, bed bugs typically leave their bite marks in clusters or patterns, often in a straight line. The bite marks most often appear on areas of skin exposed during sleep; the neck, forearms, and face.

  • Eggshells and shedded skin – Bed bugs leave behind a lot of detritus as they grow. The translucent skin and white eggshells can be found along the seams of mattresses and furniture and are a strong indication of a bed bug infestation.

It’s important to remember that while they’re called “bed bugs,” these parasitic insects can be found all over the home. They are likely to be found in furniture, curtains, and even in appliances and electronic devices. 

If you spot any signs of bed bug activity in your Gainesville home, don’t hesitate to call Alternative Pest Control right away. We’ve been providing Gainesville residents with reliable pest control for more than 35 years and have the safe, effective bed bug control methods you need to get rid of your bed bugs once and for all. So, if you suspect that bed bugs are to blame for those bite marks, get in touch with us today.

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