You’re probably familiar with the phrase, “sleep tight, don’t let the bed bugs bite,” but you might not actually know what is biting you. No one wants to actually think about bed bugs crawling over them as they sleep, but it does happen and you should know the signs. What type of bug is it?

Assessing bug bites in Portland, ME just got easier with these three ways to identify if you have a bed bug infestation:

Examining Your Bites

Is It Bed Bugs? Assessing Bug Bites In Portland, ME

If you think you might have a bed bug problem, you need to inspect yourself for these bite signs:

●        Slightly discolored, pin-like raised red spots 0.2 cm to 0.5 cm in diameter

●        Bed bug bites are often red and slightly swollen, itchy and irritating like other bug bites

●        Look for a series of bites that appear in a line or a random grouping of bites. Bed bug bites will also most likely appear on skin that is exposed during the night

●        It is important to check your body for new bites immediately after waking up. If you have new bites after a night of sleeping, you probably have bed bugs. If you get new bites while you’re awake during the day, those are probably not.

Checking Your Bed

If you’ve found signs of bed bug bites, the next step is to check your bed:

●        Check the corners of your mattress, your headboard, and the folds of your sheets for reddish-brown, oval and flat insects. Most of the time, bed bugs can be hard to see with the naked eye, but when they move, you will most likely be able to catch a glimpse.

●         Also search for exoskeletons that have been shed, as well as white eggs for unhatched bed bugs.

●        Search your sheets for reddish or black stains. This can be signs of a squished bed bug that you rolled over during the night or signs of bed bug feces.

Check for Other Signs

Although the name refers to your bed, signs of bed bugs can be found in different places:

●        Check the seams of your couches and chairs and under the cushions

●        Look at the floor around your bed. Bed bugs can sometimes hide in the baseboards close to your bed. They also like to hide in the corners where the walls and floor meet

●        Bed bugs leave a musky odor in your house so if you’re home is beginning to smell damp or like a stink bug is loose somewhere, you might have a bed bug infestation

Your home is infested, but is it bed bugs? If you’ve assessed your bug bites and come to the conclusion that you have a bed bug problem in Portland, ME, then you need Maine Bed Bugs and Pest Control. Give our friendly bed bug experts a call today at (207) 650-8654.