How To Tell If It's Bed Bugs In Your Houston Home

August 13, 2021

The thought of sharing our beds with these biting, blood-eating nasty little bed bugs is repulsive. Even worse is knowing that they are crawling all over you and your children as you sleep. Yuck! Usually, that’s enough to make most people call for an S.O.S right away. GreenForce Pest Solutions understands the urgency of your situation, and we’ll be right over.

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Bed Bugs Are Hard To Identify 

Educating yourself can save you money in the long run. You need to be able to tell the difference between a bed bug, and any other bug before you start any treatment. For example, Carpet beetles are often misidentified as bed bugs. This can be a costly, and time-consuming, mistake. The longer it takes to make the correct identification, the more time they have to multiply and spread. Descriptions vary from region to region. GreenForce Pest Solutions has compiled a list that should help you properly identify Bed bugs common to Texas.

Description Of Bed Bugs

Knowing what you are looking for is half the battle. This list should help you.

  • About the size of an apple seed (5-7 mm or 3/16 - 1/4 inch long).
  • If NOT fed recently, they are long and brown, with a flat, oval-shaped body.
  • If fed recently, they are balloon-like, reddish-brown, and more elongated. 
  • The bugs in Texas are normally brownish-red, and become darker after they have fed.
  • Smelly, with a “musty-sweetish” odor produced through glands on the lower side of the body.
  • Young bed bugs (also called nymphs), in general, are smaller, translucent, or whitish-yellow. And, if not recently fed, can be nearly invisible to the naked eye because of coloring and size.

One way to help keep them away is by using a bed bug interceptor. They are also called pitfall traps. Basically, they are round with a ‘moat’ on the outer ring. The bed bugs have a hard time climbing the smooth vertical surface. You put the interceptor under the bedpost to trap them before they ever get to you. Obviously, this is a preventive measure. Coating the trap with talc powder seems to help.

Signs That You Have Bed Bugs

The two easiest ways to discern that you are facing a bed bug infestation would be the bite marks on your skin, coupled with tiny blood specks on your sheets, mattress cover, and pillowcases. Once you suspect you have become infested, most people will attempt to search them out. They are notoriously difficult to find, and you shouldn’t let the name bed bug fool you into thinking they will reside only in your bed. You will find them hiding in any of these locations:

  • The seams of the mattress, and between the mattress and box spring.

  • In the bed frame, or headboard joints.

  • Behind baseboards, and in the seams between baseboards and carpeting.

  • Behind lifted edges of wallpaper.

  • In your dresser drawers or your linen closets.

  • In your wall outlets.

They are hitchhikers, which is why you seem to spontaneously have an infestation. They are easily picked up in hotels, dorm rooms, public transportation while visiting a friend, or riding in their car. You really can be exposed almost anywhere.

Call In The Bug Brothers

Clint, Blair, Lars, Cody, and Gordon are the owners of GreenForce Pest Solutions, with over 40 years of experience. We are a family-owned business with family values. We seek to serve the Northern Huston Area with excellence so that we all can live pest-free lives. Call us today to schedule a free bed bug estimate.

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