There are a lot of bugs that can bite your guests, customers, tenants, or clients. If someone reports bed bug bites, how can you be sure that bed bugs are to blame? It can be difficult. Let's take a look at the problem.
Sometimes A Rash Is Just A Rash
The bites bed bugs leave on the skin are typically surrounded by a rash. This rash can be so extensive that it encompasses all of the bite wounds. When this occurs, it can be difficult to tell bed bug bites from a rash caused by allergies to food, fabrics, or something else. If someone believes they were bitten by bed bugs in your businesses or one of your properties, you need to be able to determine whether or not they are correct in their analysis.
What Bed Bug Bites Look Like
If you are able to examine a rash that is reported to be bed bug bites, it is important to be able to identify the characteristics that can lead you to conclude that they are, in fact, bed bug bites.
Each bed bug feeds more than once. Usually, they will feed three times. If you find patterns of three bites that look like they are in a line or zig-zag, they could be bed bug bites.
Random bumps or bites on the skin aren't usually bed bug bites. These are more likely an allergic reaction, or bites caused by another type of insect.
Bed bugs come out as a group. If five bed bugs feed, they can leave fifteen bites on the skin. These are likely to be isolated to one area and appear as a pathway on the skin.
If there are pustules, ulcers, or scabs at the center of the bites, or the bites look puffy and pale-colored, they're probably not bed bug bites. You're more likely looking at wounds created by another type of insect.
Bed bugs usually bite skin that is exposed during sleep, such as the neck, head, face, arms, hands, and feet. This isn't always the case, but knowing this can help with your analysis.
If you believe bites may have been caused by bed bugs, or you aren't able to make this determination, the next step is to do an inspection and determine whether or not bed bugs are present. You may perform this yourself, but keep in mind that it can be difficult to locate bed bugs because they hide in very tight spaces, compressed areas, and voids.
Inspect mattresses, box springs, and bed frames for bed bugs, tiny white eggs, shed skins, or stains. Look closely in every gap and crevice. You may need to use a debit card to drag along seams and bring evidence to the surface.
Inspect bedding, sheets, and other items for black, brown, or tan stains. These stains are left by bed bugs after they feed, or sometimes during feeding.
You may be able to smell bed bugs if there are enough of them. These insects communicate with chemical pheromones that have an unpleasant aroma to humans.
How Canine Detection Can Help
Dogs can be trained to detect many things, from drugs and ammunition to bed bugs. If you want to know for sure whether or not bed bugs are hiding in your business, or in one of your properties, the best solution is to hire a company that specializes in bed bug detection and one that relies on K9 Inspectors to find bed bugs in all stages of development. Trained dogs are able to use their noses like x-ray vision to detect the scent of bed bugs in the places they hide. They do this much faster than human inspectors and are able to move through some rooms without the need to disturb any of the items in the room. If you need a lot of ground covered, K9 Inspectors are the way to go.
K9 Detection In Hawaii
If you need assistance with bed bug detection for your Hawaiian business, Bullseye K9 Detection can help you get the results you're looking for and give you peace of mind. We can locate bed bugs in your business, apply industry-leading treatments to eliminate them, and give you the all-clear when the bugs have been completely removed. We can also provide routine inspections to catch bed bugs early and help you protect your reputations from the damaging impact of a bed bug infestation. It's difficult to address bad reviews that result from the appearance of bed bugs because there are so many places people leave reviews now. Stay on top of this threat by being proactive about bed bug detection and treatments. Connect with Bullseye K9 Detection today for a consultation.