Whether they’re in a home, office or hotel, bed bugs are a major pain. It also can be challenging to identify a bed bug infestation in its early stages. Bed bug bites can resemble bites from a range of different insects. It’s crucial to catch an infestation early, before the job becomes more time-consuming and costly, and before bed bugs have a chance to spread to other locations. Keep in mind the following:
- Check cracks and crevices, especially in the seams and tags of mattresses or cushions.
- Take a smell test: Adult bed bugs produce a musty-sweet smell.
- Adults are long, brown and flat — or balloon-shaped and reddish-brown if recently fed.
- Bed bugs can leave rusty-colored spots on bed sheets.
- Bed bug eggs are very small, about the size of a head of a straight pin.
Let customers know that taking precautions against bed bugs can save them a lot of headaches down the line. Simple things, like inspecting second-hand furniture for bed bugs before bringing it into the house, or checking the luggage rack in hotels to prevent unwanted carry-ons, can make a huge difference.