Because bed bugs are tiny and nocturnal, identifying them can be difficult. Here are a few tips to help you determine whether or not your home is infested with bed bugs.
Bed bugs can not transmit infectious diseases to people. The bugs are most active during the night hours and feed on a human's blood, as they need blood to survive. People attract the pests when they emit CO2 while they sleep, and the bugs like the heat produced by the human body.
Not all individuals react to a bite from a bed bug. Some people tend to show signs of a bed bug infestation, yet other family members aren't affected.
Humans can not see bed bugs without really looking. They hide in cracks and crevices during the daytime, often in a human's bed. Loose wallpaper may be a sign these pests have invaded the home, and black fecal matter may also be witnessed along the edge of a carpet, in the corner of a room, or in and around outlet covers.
People often assume a clean home won't have bed bugs, but nothing is further from the truth. Thus an uncluttered home will make it easier to detect them if they do decide to invade the residence.
As mentioned previously, bed bugs may be found anywhere humans are. Thus any sign of bed bugs requires a professional be called in.