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How to Know You Have Bedbugs if You Don't Show a Physical Reaction

According to the CDC, one of the primary indications of a bed bug infestation is the "tell-tale bite marks on the face, neck, arms, hands, or any other body parts while sleeping." So if you go to sleep with no symptoms and wake up with pesky, itching bites, that's the primary way to know that you have a bed-bug problem, right?

Maybe. The problem is that not everyone reacts to bed bugs.

A recent study by the University of Kentucky indicates that many people do not react to bed bug bites. Because the original bites are painless, unless a person develops the standard reaction later on, how are they to realize that they're the subject of an infestation?

For those in pest control, it is well known that some customers do not react to bed bug bites, and that this can delay detection and timely intervention. Oft-stated statistics for non-reactivity vary widely — from less than 20 percent to more than 80 percent of the population (Pest Control Technology).

Fortunately, although reactions to bites may be the primary way that most people identify bed bug infestations, there are other clues that can be uncovered. According to the same CDC article cited above, these signs include the following: evidence of molted exoskeletons; fecal matter excreted on sheets and furniture; a musty, sweet odor; and the bed bugs themselves visible in folds of the sheets.

If you believe that you are suffering from a bed bug infestation, the best possible solution is to consult with pest control professionals. Our team is well-equipped and well-trained to help you deal with the fallout.  

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