Bed Bug Signs

Bed Bug Infestation Signs in New Jersey

If you woke up to find bites on your skin that weren't there before, bed bugs could be to blame. The first step in identifying a bed bug problem is to check your bed and the area around your bed for the bugs or their excrement. If you’re unsure of what to look for and need professional help, contact Mercer, Ocean, Monmouth, Middlesex County's expert bed bug exterminators at Cowleys Pest Services for help! 

Signs of a bed bug infestation:

  • Blood stains from crushed bugs on sheets, pillowcases, or pajamas
  • Rusty or dark spots of excrement on sheets, mattresses, pajamas, or walls
  • Fecal spots, egg shells, dead bugs, and shed skins may be found in or near their hiding spot
  • Musty odor given off from scent glands is often noticed with a severe bed bug infestations
  • Bites on exposed skin in either clusters or rows
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Where do bed bugs come from?

Bed bugs enter your home as stowaways in luggage, furniture, clothing, boxes, and other items that are brought into your home. Laundromats, dry cleaners, clothing stores, flea markets, and tag sales can also pose a threat. There's a risk of bed bug exposure almost anywhere, but the most common places are hotels, movie theaters, schools, colleges, and hospitals. As parasites, bed bugs like to tag along with a host. People with bed bug infestations are often unintentionally walking around with a few bed bugs. Bed bugs travel in purses, gym bags, and clothing.

Where do bed bugs hide?

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Bed bugs' flat bodies make it easy for them to hide in tiny cracks and crevices. Once inside your home, they are most likely to live in mattresses, box springs, bedding, and furniture where they can easily bite you while you sleep. They might also spread throughout the bedroom and to nearby rooms. Clutter gives the bugs more places to hide and makes it harder to get rid of them.

Bed bugs in college dorms

Bed bug problems are common at colleges in New Jersey and all across the country. Bed bugs hitch a ride on luggage, furniture, clothing, backpacks and other items that students bring with them. College dorms and off-campus apartments are ideal habitats for bed bugs. The best solution for dealing with bed bugs at college is to be informed and take steps to protect yourself or your child.

Follow these do-it-yourself bed bug control tips:

Stress and sleep problems caused by bed bugs

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Although bed bugs aren't known to transmit diseases, but their bites often leave itchy welts. In addition to the bites, dealing with a bed bug infestation can be embarrassing and stressful. Despite what many people think, having a bed bug problem isn't related to cleanliness. Even high-end hotels and resorts can have a bed bug infestation.

Anxiety, stress, and insomnia can all be triggered by an infestation. Cowleys Pest Services is highly experienced in treating bed bugs. Our professionals are well aware of the psychological impact that an infestation has on a family and we have the knowledge and equipment to quickly and safely rid your home of bed bugs.

Contact New Jersey's bed bug infestation expert today

It is important to contact a professional when faced with a bed bug infestation. Cowleys Pest Services offers proven bed bug control and treatment services in Edison, Woodbridge, Lakewood and surrounding areas in New Jersey. Contact us today for more information or to schedule a free consultation and cost estimate!

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