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Do You Have Bed Bugs?

What Are Bed Bugs?

Bed bugs are small, flat, wingless insects that range in color but are typically white or brown.
They feed on humans and pets, which is why people end up with bites when bed bugs are
present in their home. Bed bugs usually hide during the day and are active at night when they
feed.

While their bites do not necessarily spread disease directly to people, they may cause people to
scratch at the bite causing breaks in the skin that can get infected easily. The bites can also
cause an allergic reaction in some people. For these reasons, action should be taken when bed
bugs are discovered in your home.

Where Can You Find Bed Bugs?

Bed bugs are not regionalized. They are most often found in hotels, motels, hostels, shelters,
and apartment complexes where large numbers of people come and go. However, they can end
up in homes a couple different ways. They can come into your house in luggage after traveling,
or on your clothing, and they will hide in your furniture, pillows, bedspread, boxes, and other
objects around the house.

How Do You Know If You Have Bed Bugs?

Signs of bed bugs include red, itchy bites on the skin, usually on the arms or shoulders. Also,
bed bugs tend to leave straight rows of bites. Other signs of bed bugs include:

• The bugs themselves, especially along the seams of mattresses.
• Tiny bloodstains on sheets and mattresses.
• Dark spots of insect waste on furniture, walls, and floors.
• A sweet odor (this comes from bed bug's scent glands. This odor is typical when bed bugs
exist in large numbers).

If you notice a sign of bed bugs, you can verify their presence a few ways:

• Visual inspection of sleeping and resting areas such as beds and upholstered furniture.
• Installation of interception devices or active monitors.
• Installation of mattresses and box spring encasements.

While these options can aid you in your determining if you have bed bugs in your home, the
best and most effective way to guarantee your home is free of bed bugs is to contact the
professionals at Signature Pest Control.

Why Contact Signature Pest Control For A Bed Bug Problem?

Bed bugs can be very tricky and hard to manage! They can hide in cracks and crevices in
furniture including mattress, bed frames, and box springs. They are difficult to eliminate because
they can spread into those hard to reach places and lay their eggs. Often, people try to take
care of their bed bug issues themselves and unfortunately end up wasting money, time, and
effort when they do not get the results they desired.

Signature Pest Control is a team of experienced professionals. They lead the industry with their
immense knowledge, and customer service skills. With nearly 20 years of service in the pest
control industry under their belt, the pros at Signature Pest Control know exactly how to
inspect and treat your home for all pests, including those tricky, bed bugs.

For more information about signs of bed bugs and treatment options, go to Pest Control
Services.

Tips For Treating Bed Bug Bites!

Bed bug bites can easily be treated at home to prevent an infection. Make sure you:

• Wash the bites with soap and water to lower the chance of infection.
• Use calamine lotion or an anti-itch cream to stop the itching. You can also hold an oatmeal-
soaked washcloth on the itchy area for 15 minutes to help reduce itching.
• Use an ice pack to reduce the swelling. 
• See your doctor if you think the bites may be infected.

Signature Pest Control provides service for industrial, commercial, and residential properties
using integrated pest management (IPM) strategies to balance effectiveness with the safety of
humans, animals, and the environment. Don’t let a bed bug infestation become a costly, out of
control mess! Contact Signature Pest Control today.

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