How to Know if You Have Bed Bugs

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Bed bugs can become a huge issue if the early signs are not detected and the problem worsens or lingers for longer than necessary. Due to this, it is important to have a good understanding of the more common signs that there is an issue with bed bugs and how to treat the issue appropriately. 


Signs and treatments for bed bugs


The issue with bed bugs is that they are hard to detect directly, and the best way to determine if they are a problem is to examine the signs. All too many do not realize there is an issue until it becomes more of a problem, making the treatment more complex. The following is an overview of the signs and treatment of bed bugs. 


Signs of bed bugs infestation

The earlier the signs of bed bugs infestation are detected the easier it is to treat. Several of the more common early signs include:

Small blood stains
Small, red bites
Difficulty sleeping
A strong odor
Rust-colored stains

The first place to look for bed bugs is of course the bed. Check the bed sheets for small blood stains or rust-colored stains where the bed bugs have left their mark. Bed bugs typically leave a strong, foul smelling odor as well. Next, examine yourself for signs of tiny bite marks, minor blood stains and how well you have been able to sleep at night. 


Bed bugs treatment options

A good place to start treatment is to strip down the bed sheets and wash them thoroughly. However, this is often not enough. Also consider cleaning and vacuuming the entire room, including all furniture, curtains, carpet, clothes and more. It is also encouraged to scrub the mattress as bed bugs tend to leave eggs. Lastly, in an effort to be extra safe, consider caulking and sealing the interior of your bedroom. 


How to determine if you have bed bugs

Checking for bed bugs is not always as simple as checking the bed. It is also important to check all areas of the room. As discussed, examining the signs on the bed and yourself is the best place to start, but also inspect all areas of the floor, furniture, curtains, closet and bathroom for signs of bed bug infestation as well. 


Tips for bed bugs prevention

The best way to deal with bed bugs infestation is to prevent it from happening in the first place. The best way to do this is to keep the room neat and the bed sheets clean. Be sure to also wash all of your clothes often, especially after going away to hotels and other overnight places. It is also helpful to inspect for signs of bed bugs regularly. 


The bottom line

Bed bugs are tricky and not always easy to detect and treat. Becoming familiar with the signs of bed bugs and the methods of prevention, you can ensure it does not become a serious issue. If bed bugs do occur, try to remain calm and follow the treatment steps.


Annette Masterson is a licensed broker with EXIT Realty Bob Lamb & Associates in Murfreesboro, TN. She has developed one of the most successful real estate teams in Rutherford County, known as Masterson Network, that specializes in new home construction and residential listings and sales throughout Middle Tennessee. You can email Annette at or call her at 615-896-5656 (Office) or 615-533-1660 (Cell) for more information.