Posted on | April 11, 2012 | 6 Comments
Usually, most of the people start wondering whether they have been bitten by bed bugs when bites or rash appear on their skin. In many cases these bites could be misidentified, which often allows for bed bug infestation in your home to go unnoticed. This may become a huge problem, because it gives the insects time to spread to other areas of your home or office.
When you clean or you are not at home, don’t forget to look for the following marks before you begin to kill bed bugs at home:
- Tiny dark spots, which could be chinch excrements and may bleed on the fabric like a marker would;
- Small eggs and eggshells, which are also very small (about 1mm each) and are white coloured;
- Skins that nymphs (the bedbugs babies) shed as they grow up;
- Live insects;
- Tiny rusty or red coloured spots on your bed sheets or mattresses, which may be caused by crushed bed insects;
- Signs of bedbugs on your old box spring;
- Signs of chinches on the pillow;
- Search for small insect eggs on cardboard;
- Canvas strap of old box spring covering that is housing adults, skin castings, feces, and eggs;
- Search for blood spots on pillow (L. Sorkin)
- Search for bedbug eggs on cardboard (H. Harlan)
Treating Insects Infestations
A very important thing to remember is never to use a pesticide indoors if it is intended for outdoor use. This could be extremely dangerous for your health and not only this, but this won’t solve your bed bug problem too.
Another important issue, concerning bed bugs treatment , is that if you use the wrong pesticide or if you treat for such creatures the wrong way this can make you sick and most probably will not help you solving the bedbug problem. There is a real chance you could make the bug situation even worse, so be very careful when treating bugs with pesticides.
The first thing you should always do is to check whether the pesticide is effective against bedbugs. In case this insect is not listed on the product’s label, the pesticide may not be effective at all. Don’t treat for bedbugs unless they are explicitly mentioned on the pesticide’s label.
Remember that any pesticide product without an EPA registration number has not been approved by EPA, so there is a great chance that the product will not be effective against bedbug infestation.