How to Know If You Have Bed Mites

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Bed mites, more commonly known as bed bugs, are enjoying a resurgence in the 21st century, according to the University of Minnesota Extension website. This is due to the number of people who travel and a lack of public awareness. It is not difficult to determine if you have bed bugs, but it is best to have a professional pest control service treat the infestation. The treatment requires detailed work and the moving and taking apart of furniture to properly exterminate the pests.

  • Identify the bed bugs by their shape, size and color. They are brown, oval-shaped, flattened and range from 1/4 to 3/8 inch long. Bed bugs do not have wings. After feeding they turn a purplish-red color.

  • Look for shell casts in areas where you suspect the pests. These are the skins cast off from the body as they enter a new growth stage.

  • Examine suspect areas for fecal droppings. These are basically digested blood from their feedings. The fecal droppings result in a brownish or reddish smear or spots on bedding and other materials.

  • Look for the insects in bedrooms. They frequent box springs, buttons and folds of mattresses and mattress covers. Remove the fitted sheets and examine the mattresses in hotels before retiring for the night.

  • Check other areas where the pests are found, such as cracks in wood, under the edge of carpets, clocks, picture frames, desks, behind wallpaper and buttons and fold in chairs.

  • Examine the areas where people typically deposit their luggage in hotel rooms for signs of the pests. Bedrooms are the most common place to spot bed bugs, according to the University of Minnesota website. They are also found in other areas, such as bathrooms, laundry rooms and living rooms.

Tips & Warnings

  • Bed bug bites cause simple red spots or even severe rashes or hives, depending on the individual's sensitivity.
  • Evidence of bed bugs does not mean you don't clean your house properly or practice proper hygiene. They are found anywhere blood exists. It is not uncommon to find them in hospitals, resorts, theaters, cruise ships, health clubs or any place where people congregate.
  • If you find a pest you suspect is a bed bug, place it in a zipper-style bag and freeze it. Consult a pest control service immediately. Or place it in a jar with a lid and one teaspoon of rubbing alcohol.

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