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Have You Been Bitten? – Identifying bed bug bites

Chicago has been listed as one of the worst cities for bed bugs. With Elmhurst being a suburb of Chicago, you know that bed bugs could be in houses and hotels in your own town. Bed bugs are infamous for hitchhiking and they are not only found near beds. Bed bugs have begun to spread throughout cities and towns. You can find them in restaurants, movie theaters, barracks, office buildings, schools, hospitals, daycares, public transportation, and they have even been found inside of people’s cars. When you go to a place that has bed bugs, they will creep into your bags or grab onto your clothes and travel home with you. One of the first signs of a bed bug infestation is the bites.

Bed Bug Bites

If you have a bug bite, how can you tell if it is from a bed bug? First off, a lot of bites look the same. A mosquito or spider bite can easily be confused for a bed bug bite. Your suspicion should increase if you go to bed each night and wake up in the morning with new bite marks. This is your first clue. The second is the pattern of the bites. Bed bugs are lazy. Once they begin feeding off of you they do not like to travel very far. Bite marks will be in groups, clusters or lines. Still, bites are only part of the story. To know for certain you will need to look deeper.

Looking Deeper

Bed bugs leave signs. Because they drink your blood, their feces will be a dark reddish brown. Pull back your sheets and look for these small stains. They could also appear on your pajamas. You can also remove your sheets and look along the edge of your mattress and box springs. Look for the identifying fecal stains. Once you have found these marks, the chance of a bed bug infestation in your home is high. The next step is to find a bed bug. Bed bugs are flat tan colored insects that are about the size of an apple seed. Look behind headboards, the hard edges of your bed, behind pictures, and in the dark cracks of your furniture. If you find a bug, catch it in a plastic bag and then call Pointe Pest Control.

Pointe Pest Control

Show our technicians the bug in the bag and they will be able to tell you if you have captured a bed bug. Bed bug infestations are tricky, because bed bugs are able to survive a lot of the chemicals you can buy from the store. With Pointe Pest Control, we use the most current technologies for bed bug elimination. We have a variety of treatment options that will make certain your home is returned to a bed bug free zone. When you need bed bug removal, turn to the professionals with Pointe Pest Control. When the residents of Elmhurst need bed bug elimination, we are ready to respond.