Can You See Bed Bugs?

By | March 14, 2015
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Can You See Bed Bugs

Bed Bugs are so small that you might ask – can you see bed bugs, especially the baby bed bugs? The answer to this is yes, you can see them, if you look carefully.

Where Do You Find Bed Bugs?

These small nasty bugs are experts at hiding.  So it can be hard to find them.  And the baby bed bugs are almost invisible to the naked eye.

Even an adult is small, about the size of a small watermelon seed. They also like to hide in small, dark crevices during the day so it can be hard to see them.

If you are experiencing bites and wonder what kind of bug is biting you then you might need to look for Bed Bugs.

These bugs like to be close to their blood meals so you should start your search for them close to your bed.  Use a flashlight to light up any dark areas.

Check around the seams of your mattress and along the bed frame and head board.

The bugs are really fast so you might not see an actual bug but you should at least be able to see the signs of the bugs if you have an infestation.

These bed bug signs would include discarded shells, small dark brown fecal droppings and blood smears.

Do Bed Bug Bites Itch

One way that you will know you have the start of an infestation is when you get bit.  The bites that these bugs make are small and usually won’t itch until long after they have finished feeding on your blood scurried back to their hiding place.

The bite can be puffy and red with a dark center where you were bit.

Whether the bites are itch or not can depend upon the person.  Some people aren’t bothered by the bites while others experience extreme itchiness.

You can treat the bites to stop the itch but the best way to stop them is to get rid of them.

Here are some pictures to help you decide whether or not the problem that you have is actually from these bugs.

Who Is Responsible For Getting Rid Of Bed Bugs?

If you experience some bites and find some signs of these bites, your next question might be, who is responsible for getting rid of them?

The answer to this question can depend upon whether you own or rent your home.  Even if you own a condo the Homeowners association still might want to pay for exterminating an infestation that could easily spread to other units.

But if you rent the landlord will usually be responsible unless they can prove that you were the source of the infestation.

In a larger building this would be almost impossible to prove that you were the source.  But if you live in a single family unit the argument could be made that you caused the problem so you should pay for it.

This is why, whenever you move into a new home, you should be sure to carefully search for signs of an infestation befopre you move in.

If I was buying a house or condo I would also strongly consider using a bed bug dog to check the unit before I purchased it.

Should You Try To Kill Bed Bugs Yourself?

The decision on whether you should try to exterminate bed bugs yourself or use a professional exterminator is based on a lot of different factors.

One of those factors could include what type of housing you live in and whether you have a landlord that pay for the extermination costs.

Another factor could be the cost of an etermination.  Hiring a professional exterminator would cost a lot more than doing the work yourself.

But you also have to consider whether you are able to do everything that you would need to do if you tried to exterminate them yourself.

Whether or not you can see bed bugs will help to determine what your next steps are.

If you do see the bugs and it is a smaller infestation you might decide that the best tactic is to kill them yourself.  But even if you decide to hire an exterminator there are still some important things that you can do to help.

First is to make sure that you hire the right exterminator.  Then you need to take steps so that you are prepared that will help to make sure that you have the best chance of killing the infestation.

Conclusion to Can You See Bed Bugs

I have had several occasions where I had to deal with an infestation and found that I could take care of the problem myself as easily as an exterminator could.

The one thing that is key to killing an extermination is making sure to retreat.  This is because bed bug eggs are almost impossible to kill.

The eggs take about 2 weeks to hatch so even if you kill every single bug infesting your home you could still end up with another infestation as soon as the eggs hatch.

So, even if you hire an exterminator you still need to make sure that they plan on retreating the bugs as often as it takes to kill all the bugs.  If you treat yourself you need to do the same thing.

The bottom line is that if you get an infestation it is going to be work to get rid of them.  The bugs like to infest things like your mattress which are especially hard to treat.

The best idea is to avoid getting the bugs in the first place. Make sure that you are careful when you travel and check all packages and furniture that comes into your home carefully.

Most importantly, if you do get an infestation, make sure that you treat it to exterminate the bugs as soon as possible.  The longer you wait the larger an infestation can grow.

Treating it as soon as possible will kill the bugs that are already in your home and help to keep other out of your home so it won’t matter if you can see bed bugs or not.

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