How to Detect an Infestation of Bed Bugs + Top 10 Cities With Bed Bugs

Bed Bug Stages

Bed Bug Stages. Chart from cdc.gov

Bed bugs range in size from 1 to 8 millimeters and have a flat body with a brown / reddish color which makes it easy for them to hide in furniture, clothing, bedding, luggage and along baseboards. If you take a close look at the sleeping area you are in you may be able to see them, or they could be present if you find the following signs.

  1. Bed bugs do what is called molting which releases exoskeletons in and around your bed, so be on the lookout.
  2. Bed bugs release a sweet musty odor.
  3. The bed bugs blood filled fecal matter will leave rust colored spots on your furniture or mattress.
  4. Red stains on your sheets from the bed bug being crushed.
  5. Bedbug eggshells or eggs which are about one millimeter in size.

Green Heat SD states that bed bugs are found throughout the year but bed bug infestations have a tendency to peak during the summer months. This is thought to be true due to more people travelling at this time. If you are going to be traveling over the summer here is a list of the cities that have the worst bed bug problem in the United States. The top ten cities are Los Angeles, CA, Detroit, MI, Cleveland, OH, Dayton, OH, Denver, CO, Richmond, VA, Cincinnati, OH, Chicago, IL, Dallas, TX, and Columbus, OH.

Bed bugs can tolerate temperatures as low as 46 degrees Fahrenheit but when their body temperature gets to 113 degrees Fahrenheit they will die. Treating a bed bug infestation with thermal heating can be very effective in getting rid of those pesky critters.