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Bedbugs are a real menace in many homes in Tucson. People often feel quite helpless against these tiny pests, and they don’t know what to do to get rid of them. They are not just a nuisance; they can also spread diseases, especially if they bite you. Bed bugs get into your house by hitching a ride on your clothes and belongings. You can also get them from public places, like hotels or other people’s houses. So if a friend or co-worker comes to your house with bed bugs, their infestation can get into your house too. Before you hurry to mattress stores in Tucson, AZ to purchase a new mattress, check the guide below on how to spot bedbugs.

Bloodstains

If you find actual blood on your mattress, it is probably a sign of bedbugs. They feed themselves by drinking their host’s blood, and they leave traces after that. To ascertain whether the spots are from bed bugs, take some rubbing alcohol and swab them with a Q-tip. If the blood is old, it will look brownish, like in many old stains, but if it is new blood (still bright red), then the stain on your mattress might be a sign of bedbugs. You can also check for fresh bloodstains during nighttime when you sleep: roll over and see whether any little bugs come from under the sheets. If they do, there is a very high chance that your mattress is infested with bedbugs!

Insect Bites in Strange Places of the Body 

When you go to sleep at night, if you feel any itchiness on parts like shoulders or arms, check yourself for bed bug bites. Bed bugs prefer to bite you in the back and small of your neck as they can hide easily on these parts while staying close to their host. If it is an infestation, you will probably end up with numerous bedbug bites all over your body – particularly wherever your skin is exposed. You might also see something like a rash or skin blisters. Bed bugs leave small, itchy swellings that have an oval shape –  and they can vary in color from reddish to purple.

Tiny Black Spots On Your Mattress  

If you keep noticing tiny black dots all over your mattress, those stains could be micro fecal spots. Bed bugs can leave this type of stain when they poop during feeding or while just moving on your mattress and sheets.  

Smell  of Spoiled Fruit, Musty Odor in the Room

When a bedbug is crushed, it emits an unpleasant smell like rotten apples. If you do not get rid of bedbugs, they will multiply and cause an awful stench in your room, so if there is a bad odor coming from the mattress store area, then it might mean that some bugs are hiding inside or near your mattresses.

The Presence of Live Bedbugs  

Live bugs are the final proof of an actual infestation.  You can spot live bedbugs by using a flashlight and checking the mattress seams. If you see any tiny insects with brownish-red colors, they are probably bedbugs surviving in your mattresses or on nearby furniture pieces. Another, more visual way of spotting bed bugs is to use a black light. As soon as you turn it on and shine it from top to bottom, any tiny insects will glow under the radiation. 

What To Do When You Have a Bedbug Infestation?

Bedbugs are notoriously difficult to get rid of. You have no point in trying pesticides because bedbugs are impervious, and they can even resist the most effective insecticides, such as DDT. The only way to deal with a bedbug infestation is by using special insecticides that are made for killing bugs. These special insecticides contain a mixture of deltamethrin among other chemicals, which are very toxic to insects but leave no marks on mattresses when sprayed. The most popular method of getting rid of bedbugs is to spray these special insecticides on the mattress, couch, and other surrounding furniture within your bedroom. When spraying a mattress, it is important to cover corners and crevices, where bugs can hide, so they do not escape during your treatment period.  After that, you should let the spray dry and then vacuum the mattress to remove any dead bugs or eggs. Then, wash your pillows, sheets, and blankets in hot water to kill any remaining bed bugs or eggs.

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