How Do I Know If I Have Bed Bugs?

how do i know if i have bed bugs

how do i know if i have bed bugs

Nashville and Murfreesboro TN

Bed bugs are most assuredly an unwanted pest in any home or office. Unfortunately, bed bug infestations can happen to anyone at any time. The best way to determine if you have bed bugs is to provide a sample of a bed bug to your pest control technician. However, spotting the bed bugs isn’t always easy, and you may be a bit squeamish at the idea of catching a bug. There are definitely other ways to determine if you have a bed bug infestation.

Where do bed bugs live?

Bed bugs are insects that live in furniture, especially mattresses, and feed off the blood of humans, specifically at night while you sleep. Bed bugs tend to hide during the day and are most often active at night. Just because you find bug bites on your body, don’t automatically assume you have bed bugs. Instead, consider the circumstance that your bites occur. For example, are you waking up each morning with new bites that you didn’t have the night before? Bed bugs tend to feed at night, which would explain why your bites occur mostly at night.

How to Determine If You Have Bed Bugs

Another way to determine if you have bed bugs is to inspect your mattress and furniture to look for bed bug fecal matter, which has the appearance of tiny black spots. The most common areas to look for traces of bed bugs are underneath bedding, around the mattress and box springs, on the upholstery of any furniture, and under pillows and cushions. A qualified technician from Ameri Care Services can also visually inspect your home for traces of bed bugs.

Professional Bed Bug Inspection in Nashville

Aside from a visual inspection, technicians from Ameri Care Services can also install interception devices or monitors to help determine if you have bed bugs. Interception devices are installed around the base of your furniture to catch bed bugs as they travel between furniture during active times. It may take several weeks to detect bed bugs using interception devices, but the devices should be regularly inspected for bed bugs that may be caught by the device. Active monitors are bit more costly but are meant to attract bed bugs for easy detection.

Mattress and box spring encasements are also an option. They not only help prevent bed bugs from infesting your bed, but can also help trap any bed bugs that are present. Sometimes, encasements and interception devices can be used in combination for determining if bed bugs are present.

Bed Bug Treatment in Middle Tennessee

Ameri Care Services offers a thorough inspection of your home to detect a bed bug infestation. Our trained technicians know what to look for, what measures to take to irradiate the bed bugs, and can advise on how to prevent a future outbreak. A bed bug infestation is not something you can easily take care of on your own and requires the attention of a qualified pest control technician.

If you believe you may have a bed bug infestation in your home, don’t let the bed bugs bite and call Ameri Care Services today at (615) 893-7111 for an appointment. We gladly serve homes and businesses in the Nashville, Murfreesboro, and Mt. Juliet, Tennessee areas.