Bed bugs are horrible little creatures that cause serious stress and shame for countless homeowners.

We say countless because there is a strong taboo against talking about bed bugs in your home or place of business. Fortunately, if you notice these creatures inside your home, there is one person you can turn to for judgement-free help: A-1 Able Pest Doctor. In the same way that you can tell a doctor or therapist anything in total confidence, we are ready, willing, and able to discretely solve your bed bug infestation.

At the first sign of bed bugs, and before you do anything else, address the infestation right away, doing whatever you can to ensure that these bugs aren’t spreading and further infesting your home.

But what are the most common signs of bed bugs in the home? If you’re worried that these “bed ticks” are lurking somewhere in your home, here are some things to keep in mind:

Pay attention to any bites you have. According to the American College of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology, bug bites and stings actually send roughly 500,000 Americans to the emergency room every single year. And while bed bugs aren’t likely to send you to the emergency room, you need to pay attention to any mysterious bug bites that appear overnight. If you have children in your home, keep a sharp eye out for small red bites on their arms and legs. If you notice any signs of strange bug bites on your body or anyone in your family — get help right away.

That being said, don’t just assume any mystery bite is from a bed bug. Make sure that you rule out fleas, mites, biting gnats, and mosquitoes by looking closely at your skin. Remember: if you have a bed bug problem, there will probably be more that one bite.

Know where to look for these pests. Bed bugs won’t show themselves in an obvious manner, so you’re going to have to do a little digging around your house to find them. You should look at your bed, yes, but don’t just give it a quick glance. Take a long, thorough look at each bed in your house, paying close attention to the covers, sheets, blankets, pillow cases, framing, and underneath the bed as well. Bed bugs love to hid under mattresses and mattress covers, so lift up the bed in search of these bloated creepy crawlies. In addition to the bedside inspection, look around each room for piles of clothes or underneath rugs to make sure that these bugs aren’t hiding out in those areas either.

Don’t just look for bugs. Although these brown and blood-red pests are hard to miss, they aren’t the only sign to watch out for. Look also for blood stains on sheets and black stains from bed bug excrement. If the corner or bottom surface of a mattress has black stains or small white eggs, then you most likely need to call us ASAP.

Don’t let these bed bugs ruin your life as a homeowner or cause problems for the other members of your family. Be on the lookout for these creatures and do everything you can to get them out of your home.

Need discrete, eco-friendly bed bug solutions in Dayton, Ohio? Contact A-1 Able Pest Doctors today!