To prevent it from getting noticed, before piercing the skin and sucking the blood, Bed-bugs inject a coagulant and also a kind of anesthetic into your skin which makes the area around it numb. Therefore, you can not normally feel anything when the Bed bug is feeding on you
- Adult bed bugs look much similar to an apple seed (in shape and size) and would be easily located if out in the open. Before feeding, their bodies are flat, after they have fed, they become bloated and dark and rusty brown.
- Bed bugs are typically nocturnal insects and are known for their night activity. They seek harborage in cracks and crevices. Common harborages include hotel rooms and cruise ship cabins. They take shelter in folds & creases in bed linens, seams, under buttons on mattresses, in the chair cushions in curtain and drapery pleats & hems, under the loose wallpaper or picture frames, in drawers of the desks, behind the moldings in wall-mounted artwork, etc.
- Another clear and noticeable symptom of a bed bug infestation is that the rooms have a sweet smell. Also they leave marks of blood in or around bed sheets and linen which is a sign of their blood sucking habits.
- Bed Bugs are capable of surviving for many months without feeding and can hide between adjoining apartments through cracks and holes from where wires and pipes pass. Therefore a thorough inspection is needed along the bed frames, mattresses and other furniture for signs of the bugs. Remember like with any other pest problem good sanitation and proper cleaning can prevent bed bugs infestation.