Are These Bed Bugs In My Akron Home?

January 15, 2021

Bed bugs are all-too-common household pests, but often these insects are mistaken for other insects. Resembling an apple seed's size, shape, and color, bed bugs are often misidentified as booklice, carpet beetles, fleas, and ticks, among other pests. However, to determine whether it is, indeed, bed bugs that are infesting your Akron home, you’ll need to be able to distinguish them from other common household pests. Read on for answers to your questions on what bed bugs look like, signs of bed bugs in the home, and where bed bugs hide.

bed bug on a rug

What Do Bed Bugs Look Like?

Bed bugs are small insects ranging from brown to mahogany; their bodies darken and redden in color after feeding. Bed bugs’ bodies are flat and oval-shaped, and adults are only half a centimeter in length. Although the naked eye can see bed bugs, it can be difficult to notice them at first due to their small size and the fact that they’re often out of sight during the day.

Along with bed bugs are their offspring, also referred to as bed bug nymphs, which measure a single millimeter in length and range in color from translucent to whiteish-yellow. Because of their small size, bed bug nymphs are almost invisible to the naked eye and can easily be overlooked.

What Are Signs Of Bed Bugs?

Bed bugs are nocturnal, and because they are attracted to the carbon dioxide expelled by people and pets during sleep, they tend to feed at night. Otherwise, during the day, bed bugs hide out in hard-to-see places, so you’re more likely to notice signs of bed bugs in your Akron home before you spot an actual bed bug. Here are a few common signs to look for:

  • Bloodstains on sheets, bedding, and pajamas, which are caused by bed bugs feeding.

  • Rust-colored stains on bedding, upholstery, walls, or in other areas where bed bugs are hiding, caused by bed bugs’ excrement.

  • The bed bugs’ scent glands emit a musty or sweet, raspberry-like odor.

  • Bed bug debris, such as shed egg casings, shed skins, and fecal matter in and around areas where bed bugs are infesting.

  • A rash on the skin or a cluster of bites, especially on skin exposed during sleep, such as on the arms, legs, hands, feet, wrists, and ankles.

Where Do Bed Bugs Hide?

Bed bugs tend to congregate in and around areas where people and their pets sleep, which predominantly includes the bedroom but may also include living rooms or rooms with couches, sofas, or pull-out beds where family, friends, and guests frequently sit, lounge, nap, or sleep.

Around bedding, bed bugs commonly live around the seams and tags of the mattress and box spring and in cracks in the bed frame and headboard.

Other areas in the home where bed bugs are commonly found include:

  • Walls

  • Furniture

  • Baseboards

  • Carpets and rugs

  • Electrical outlets

  • Electronics

  • Clothing 

Even if a bed bug infestation starts in the bedroom, as an infestation grows and worsens, bed bugs will migrate to other areas of the home; this is what makes bed bugs so difficult for homeowners to get rid of on their own.

Get Rid Of Bed Bugs With Professional Help 

If you do spot signs of bed bugs in your Akron home, call the professionals at Epcon Lane right away. Providing pest control services and preventative care for Akron home and business owners since 1945, our comprehensive set of solutions are strictly eco-friendly, adhering to our motto of “minimum pesticides, maximum results.” If you suspect you may have bed bugs or other pests in your Akron home, call Epcon Lane today at 330-302-2369.

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