Sleeping at night is meant to be peaceful. While noises and various others can disturb sleep, one of the more annoying disturbances is bed bugs. These pesky pests are tiny but can create big problems. Because of their size and the amount of space they have to hide in furniture and under carpeting, it can be hard to tell that you have a problem until you start to see the bites on your body.
The bites can be very itchy and irritating. They don’t cause any severe health problems, but they sure can be a pain in the neck. And as you may have guessed, they aren’t just limited to the human neck. The bugs can bite your dog, too. While they also won’t cause a big problem for your dog, they sure can be a nuisance. Luckily, there are signs that you can watch out for if you suspect bed bugs in your home.
This article lists down the signs of bed bugs in your home that you should watch out for. Read on below to get started.
#1 – Shell Casings
One way to identify a bed bug infestation is the sudden appearance of tiny shell casings. These casings are produced when the bed bugs start digesting the blood they have sucked from your pet’s skin. As they are digested, the waste produced is excreted out of the body. The result is a small, shiny shell casing produced, which is aptly named nymphal shells.
It’s also possible that these casings don’t always mean an infestation of bed bugs. They may have been brought into your home by your dog or from another infested place it has recently visited.
#2 – Eggs
While the nymphal shells are the best way to identify bed bugs, the egg casings are the other way. These eggs are white and pearly. The eggs are usually attached to the seams of the bed frame, but they can attach to any other part of the bed. Usually, eggs are laid in clusters of five eggs, but this might not always be the case. The eggs are most definitely not the same as the lint balls that are trapped on your bed because your clothing and sheets just trap these balls of lint. They don’t attach to the bed itself, and the eggs are also not the same as the small bugs in your bed.
There is a good chance that you will not spot the eggs without a magnifying glass. This is because they are so small, and it is because they are often so well camouflaged by their surroundings.
#3 – Fecal Marks
The fecal marks of bed bugs are typically dark brown to black. They are often found in groups of two or three and can be found around your dog’s bed. These marks are the waste left behind by the bed bugs after they have fed on your dog.
People have a common misconception that the fecal marks are the same as your dog’s waste. However, there are a few things that make them different. First, a bed bug’s feces is typically just a few millimetres in diameter. Your dog is going to be bigger. Second, your dog will want to clean up after it urinates. With bed bugs, the urine will be left there to dry.
#4 – Live Bed Bugs
If you suspect that there are bed bugs in your home and you spot one with your own eyes, this will be the best evidence you can have. The same would be true for your dog.
Live bed bugs are brown in colour and flat in shape. They don’t have the typical oval shape that other bugs have. The live bed bugs are a vital sign to watch out for because they are the only sign where you will see and identify the bed bugs.
Bed bugs will be challenging to find in your home if you don’t know what to look for. The only way to know for sure is to check for the signs mentioned above. Being able to spot the signs of bed bugs early on will ensure that you can prevent a large infestation from happening.
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