For some us, we will initially find bites on our bodies before finding what is biting us. This can be very frustrating as it is difficult to know where to begin. The good news is a bed bug infestation will always make its self known. Female bed bugs lay 1-5 eggs every day and the eggs take 18 days to hatch. When they feed from us they leave evidence behind in the places they are living (the bed frame and surrounding areas). These things make it much easier to identify a bed bug problem.
However what should you do if your being bitten and can’t find any evidence?
There are a number of pests whose bites or allergic reactions they cause, appear like bed bug bites. The pests we come across are carpet beetle, fleas and mites.
These beetles don’t actually bite us. The beetle flies into our home and lays eggs. These eggs turn to larvae and the larvae have small hairs on their outer body. These hairs cause a bite like reaction. The larvae and beetles can be seen by the naked eye and if you do have carpet in your home you may notice the carpet wearing away in patches. If you find carpet beetle in your home, give everywhere a good hoover and clean. You may need a treatment depending on the size of the infestation.
fleas are small black insects that jump. These bugs do feed from us. In London you can have a problem with fleas even if you do not have pets due to the foxes. Fleas lay eggs which turn into larvae and these are laid in dark areas around the home. If you have fleas, hoover, hoover, hoover and hoover some more. Making sure to get underneath furniture. You may need a treatment depending on the size of the infestation.
Mites are a harder pest to identify due to there size. You can see them with the naked eye but they are very small. There are also different types of mites, such as: bird, spider and mice. Bird mites are more common especially if there are trees near your home or somewhere for birds to create a nest. The best trick we have found for finding out of you have bird mites is masking tape or double sided tape near your windows. Once you know it is mites, you should arrange for the nest to be removed (if this is possible) and again hoover everywhere. You may need a treatment depending on the size of the infestation.
Not everyone reacts to bed bug bites. For some of our customers, when they call, they have have already seen the bugs themselves and not had a reaction to the bed bugs feeding from them.
If you do have a possible bed bug infestation please do contact us for free and friendly advice.