Finding Itchy Red Welts?
Are you waking up in the morning lately with itchy red welts and wondering are these bed bug bites? If so, you are far from alone.
This time of year, after the rain has ended and the sunny, warm weather arrives, many of us wake up with random bites on various parts of our body and have no idea where they came from. The answer may be much more difficult, if not impossible, to accurately pinpoint.
Do I have bed bug bites?
The natural reaction since we wake up in bed and see bite marks or welts is to assume we have bud bugs, especially with all the press they are getting in recent months. This may be a possibility, however, a quick inspection & evaluation of your recent movement, guests, furniture can eliminate bed bugs as a possibility.
Do I have a bed bug infestation problem?
Did the bites ‘suddenly appear’? If so, and you have been living/sleeping there every night for a long time, it is unlikely. A bed bug infestation that would result in multiple bites being suddenly visible, would take weeks (or months) to get that large, and you would see bites quantities increasing as the population of the infestation rose.
Have you recently purchased or acquired used furniture? if you haven’t, then you are also not a likely candidate for bed bugs. Used furniture is a common vehicle for bed bug infestations to relocate from home to home.
Have you recently had guests staying with you who have been, or are currently travelling? If not, you likely didn’t have anyone bringing in bed bugs from other locations along their travels. This is one of the main reasons bed bug activity has skyrocketed worldwide over the past 5 years.
Have YOU recently been travelling? Did you bring any unforeseen guests home with you? It’s possible. Bed bugs don’t differentiate between rich or poor, 5 star or backpacker hostel. No travelling = unlikely to bring home a bed bug.
Learn how to do a bed bug inspection now
So if it isn’t bed bugs biting you, what is? Could literally be anything and nothing. Most reputable pest control companies have no bugs, no-treatment policy since we have strict guidelines on pesticide application in Canada. Even the installation of glue monitoring traps may not give us the information we desire to know, however, it’s not a bad start. Most pest control companies will sell you glue monitor traps you can place around the area you feel you getting bitten. After a couple of weeks, check the glue for any sign of insect and contact the company to help in the identification.