Bed bugs are a prevalent problem here in North Carolina and they don’t seem to be going away anytime soon. Bed bugs are the stuff of nightmares that feed on blood to survive. When you lay in bed at night, the last thing you want is to feel any kind of creepy crawly scitter across your arm, but especially a bed bug. Bed bugs in your home can make it unbearable to enjoy spending time in your home, let alone your bedroom. What’s more, when bed bugs invade your home, they intrude on your comfort, safety, and well-being, and can really make it difficult to go about your normal routine. That’s where we come in.

At Ray Pest Control in Winston-Salem, we provide our community with effective bed bug removals to give you back your home. The best defense against a bed bug infestation is knowing how to identify these nasty critters, and today, our team will share some tips to help you identify bed bugs, so you know when it’s time to call your Top Rated Local® bed bug exterminators.

5 Ways to Identify Bed Bugs In the Home

In our recent blog, How To Identify Bed Bugs, Part 1, we shared three tips to help you identify bed bugs, which included:

  • Identifying bed bugs by shape, size, and color
  • Smelling an unpleasant, musty odor
  • Seeing messes left behind by bed bugs

Here are a few more handy hints to help you determine whether or not you have a bed bug infestation.

Keep An Eye Out For Shells

As mentioned last time, bed bugs are incredibly messy creatures. Along with leaving tracks of yucky excrement and red blood splatters on surfaces when they’re squished, bed bugs are messy growers. Bed bugs go through many different cycles as they grow into adulthood, and each time they enter a new stage in life, they cast either their shell or exterior. A bed bug’s life cycle includes the following stages:

  • Egg
  • 1st Instar Nymph
  • 2nd Instar Nymph
  • 3rd Instar Nymph
  • 4th Instar Nymph
  • Adult

If you spot tiny translucent or yellowish eggs or eggshells, this could be a sign of a recent bed bug larvae hatching. You may also see cast shells laying around, which is a sign of bed bugs.    



Think You’ve Been Bitten?

Another way to identify bed bugs is if you notice unusual red bites that have suddenly appeared on your skin. The most common places to find bed bug bites are on areas where the skin is exposed while you sleep, which typically includes arms, shoulders, chest, neck, torso, and legs. Bed bug bites tend to appear in clusters or lines. The symptoms of bed bug bites include redness, itching, skin swelling, and tenderness. Bed bug bites can be treated with antihistamines and topical itch relief creams such as hydrocortisone. If you display these symptoms, chances are, you’ve been bitten by a bed bug.

You See Live Bed Bugs

The surest sign of a bed bug infestation in your home is when you actually see them crawling around on the floor, walls, and/or furniture. Probably one of the most frightening visions, aside from seeing cockroaches scurry away into the dark recesses of your home when you flip on the lights, is seeing bed bugs do the same thing. This is because bed bugs typically scurry into the places where you seek comfort, safety, and relaxation at the end of a long day: the bed.

If you notice small, flat, apple seed-sized bugs scuttle under the bed, under your bedding, or worst of all — into your pillowcase — you should call your trusted local bed bug exterminator right away.  

Check Their Favorite Hiding Places

If you’ve noticed any of the identifiers we’ve listed above, you can start checking the places where bed bugs love to hide. Some of their favorite hiding places include:

  • In the seams of mattresses and box springs
  • In mattress tags
  • In bedding
  • Behind bed boards
  • In the seams of upholstered furniture
  • In-between cushions on couches and loveseats
  • In the seams of recliners
  • In the folds of curtains
  • Underneath rugs
  • In drawers and drawer joints
  • In bags or boxes of old clothes
  • Backpack and luggage pockets
  • Inside the walls of your home
  • Near piping
  • In electrical appliances and plugs

While some of the nooks and crannies of your home are not easily accessible to you, the homeowner, you can always call your friendly and experienced bed bug technicians for a bed bug inspection. At Ray Pest Control, our bed bug detection and removal services include:

  • A free, no-obligation visual bed bug inspection
  • Bed bug canine detection
  • ClimbUp insect interceptors for early detection of bed bugs

Detecting bed bugs early is the best way to get rid of them quickly and efficiently. The longer they have to breed, the better the chance they have to thrive and spread, not only to other rooms in your home, but to other locations entirely.

How Do I Get Rid of Bed Bugs?

Use this guide to help determine if you have bed bugs in your home. If you suspect you have bed bugs, you’ll want to seek out a professional to get rid of your bed bug problem. Time is essential when you’re dealing with a bed bug infestation, so you’ll want to have the problem taken care of immediately, but how do you know which bed bug company is right for you? Well, you can spend hours or even days searching for the right pest control team by searching terms like “best bed bug exterminator” or “bed bug removal near me,” but this can be time-consuming.

On the other hand, you can simply call Ray Pest Control for a bed bug treatment. We’re recognized as a Top Rated Local® pest control team in Winston-Salem, with compassion, experience, dedication to customer satisfaction, state-of-the-art equipment, and tried-and-true methods it takes to completely eliminate your bed bug problem — in the safest manner possible. Call or click to schedule a no-obligation consultation for a bed bug removal and take your home and comfort back once and for all!

Not located in Winston-Salem, but experiencing a bed bug infestation? No problem! Ray Pest Control offers bed bug removals to a wide service area, including Kernersville, King, Rural Hall, Bethabara, Clemmons, Greensboro, Thomasville, Jamestown, Summerville, and beyond! Contact us today for bed bug treatment in North Carolina nearest you!