How to Identify Bed Bugs

In homes across Virginia, regardless of how immaculately clean they may be, the nasty parasites known as bed bugs are feeding on the blood of sleeping humans. People lay at rest after a hard days work, completely unaware of the presence of tiny nighttime companions in bed. They’re known as bed bugs with good reason, particularly because bedding is their feeding ground, and the blood of the human body is their source of sustenance. Detecting these nuisance pests requires an educated eye, experience in identifying the signs of the bugs and identifying their reddish-brown, mite-sized forms.

Protech Pest Control delivers the expertise and resources to first inspect and then thoroughly check the bed and local vicinity around a suspect bed. Special attention is devoted to mattress seams and sheets, to nearby furniture and wall crevices, seeking out locations where the elusive pests lay dormant during the day. Detecting recent activity involves sleuthing bedding for signs of bug defecation, small brown or black stains on the fabric of bed sheets. Other signs include small fragments of shed skin from juvenile bed bugs and nasty red welts on the skin of the humans that have been fed upon. Note, the red marks alone can’t be held up as evidence of a bed bug infestation. A new laundry detergent or blanket fabric often proves to be the source of allergic reactions that can cause skin irritation. Further investigation is required, and, if the red welts are compounded by dark stains on the sheets and case skins, then the possibility of a bed bug problem becomes much more likely.

Employing the services of Protech Pest Control in Springfield, Northern Virginia, is much like recruiting a detective specially trained to seek and destroy bed bugs. The oval shaped parasites may hide, go to ground, but they can’t escape for long. Protech brings trained eyes and canine noses to the suspect room, spotting and sniffing out the 1/4″ long, flattened insects as they flee back to their hiding places.