Bed bugs have been around for thousands of years and are huge inconveniences to deal with. They get their name from how commonly they are found in beds and usually feed on sleeping humans. Despite being the most known meal, humans are not the only source of food for bed bugs. Any warm-blooded animal can become their midnight snack, so identifying them before you accidentally bring them into your home is key to keeping them away.
How Do You Identify Bed Bugs?
Bed bugs are a distinct rusty or red color. They’re very tiny and can be mistaken for just a small piece of dirt or lint on your bed.
Bed bugs live in groups, which can make spotting them a little easier. When they’re in groups they usually look like bits of pepper in your bed.
When bed bugs are hatching babies, you can identify them by the small white specks they leave behind.
Where Do Bed Bugs Live?
Bed bugs do exist in homes but they can live anywhere that warm-blooded animals gather. Places like group homes, hotels and camps tend to be more susceptible to infestations.
Bed bugs can get on people and then spread as that person travels around. Bed bugs can also reside in sheets, suitcases and couches. Almost anything with fabric or fur can be a place for bed bugs to reside until they get to a location to hatch their young.
What Bugs are Commonly Mistaken for Bed Bugs?
A bed bug looks very similar to other small pests, such as ticks, fleas cockroach nymphs and small beetles.
Ticks can be confused with bed bugs as they are also small, but ticks tend to be more of a brownish color. Often coming in with pets or people after a camping trip, ticks can be relatively hard to spot unless they’ve been eating for a while.
Cockroach nymphs are another common twin for bed bugs. These small, baby roaches are not as harmful to you as bed bugs, but it’s another type of infestation that should be handled immediately.
Beetles also share similarities with bed bugs. Carpet beetles and spider beetles are common to find in homes and both sneak into homes for different reasons. Spider beetles scavenge for food while carpet beetles want to set up their homes in the carpet. Carpet beetles also feast on paper, so they might move into your bookshelf if you’re a big fan of literature.
Protect Against Infestations
Whether bed bugs or carpet beetles, you don’t want bugs in your home.
A good way to prevent them from moving is is by cleaning your carpets and washing all sheets and blankets frequently. Be sure to clean up any food spills quickly and keep food sealed away.