Bed Bug Droppings: What Marblehead Home Owners Need To Know
By F&W Pest Control
Every Marblehead homeowner’s nightmare is discovering bed bug infestations in their home. The tell-tale signs of bed bugs usually include finding dark or black stains on sheets or sheets in the bed area or small, black, bug spots on linens, mattresses, and carpets. Additionally, one of the most recognizable signs of infestation is the presence of bed bug droppings also known as fecal spotting.
If you live in Marblehead and have noticed any of the signs of bed bugs in your home, it is important to act quickly to prevent infestation. It is recommended to contact a pest control professional immediately as they are experienced in safely removing bed bugs and minimizing the risk of infection to you and your family. One of the key tools that a pest control professional will use to determine whether or not you have a bed bug infestation is to investigate the presence of bed bug droppings.
In this article, we look at the different types of bed bug droppings and the steps that a Marblehead homeowner should take if they find any in their home.
What do Bed Bug Droppings Look Like?
Bed bug droppings are small black or dark stains found on mattresses, linens, and carpets. They can range in size from 1-8mm in length and can look like black specks or lines. They are usually located on the bed, mattress, furniture, baseboards, and walls behind beds.
Bed bugs typically feed at night when their hosts are asleep. As they feed, they excrete small sticky droplets which are made up of blood and the digested remains of a host’s skin. These droplets can stain linen and mattresses and are a sure sign of a bed bug infestation.
What Will the Exterminator do With Found Droppings?
The first step that a licensed exterminator will take is to inspect the area where the droppings were found. During the inspection, he or she may look for other signs of infestation, such as bed bug eggs, shed skin, and dead bugs.
Once an infestation has been confirmed, it is essential that all contaminated areas are treated quickly and safely. The exterminator will use verified and approved insecticides that effectively kill bed bugs without putting humans and pets at risk. After the treatment is complete, all areas must be vacuumed and wiped down to remove any traces of bed bugs.
Preventing a Bed Bug Infestation in the Future
Once a bed bug infestation has been removed from your home, there are several steps that Marblehead homeowners can take to ensure that they do not return. It is important to keep your home well-ventilated and as free from clutter as possible. Vacuuming regularly and keeping up with regular maintenance, such as changing linens, washing sheets, and vacuuming furniture can all help to reduce the risk of a re-infestation.
Also, make sure to check second-hand furniture and mattresses before bringing them into the house. It is also wise to treat any items that you bring into the home before you introduce them to your living space to prevent the possibility of contamination. Additionally, avoid staying in hotels or other locations where bed bugs may be present.
The Bottom Line
Finding signs of bed bug droppings in a Marblehead home can be a concerning experience. If you spot any of the signs of bed bugs, it is best to act quickly and contact a pest control professional. A licensed exterminator will be able to identify the source of the droppings and take steps to correctly and safely treat the infestation.
Following this treatment, it is important to take steps to ensure that the infestation does not return. Proper ventilation, regular maintenance, and checking any second-hand furniture or mattresses to check for contamination before bringing them into the home should all help to ensure the problem does not return.
F&W’s integrated pest management approach (IPM) provides the professional quality you need with the environmentally responsible quality of a DIY approach. Trust the expert exterminators at F&W to get rid of your bed bugs this season. Get a free quote to start debugging your space today.