Bed Bug Detection: 3 Bugs That Could Be Mistaken For Bed Bugs
Ever since bed bugs started making a comeback in the mid-90s, citizens of the United States have been on high alert. No one wants their home to become ground zero for a bed bug infestation, so many people are on constant watch for any signs of the creepy little parasites.
The problem with this is that while you are in tune with bed bug detection, you could inadvertently identity the wrong insect as a bed bug. Here are a few common insects that homeowners will mistaken for a bed bug from time to time:
Eastern Bat Bug
Bed bug detection can be difficult if your home has bat bugs. From a visual standpoint, this is probably the insect mostly likely confused with bed bugs. Although they are actually smaller in size, the shape and color of a common bat bug is very similar to a bed bug, so it's easy to get them confused. So how do you tell them apart? The first thing to consider is where you found them. Bat bugs mostly seek out the comfort of attics, where they will take refuge inside the nest of a bird or the resting area of a bat. If you find one in your attic, be weary of what it actually is and search for pictures online for comparison.
Obviously, spiders don't look much like bed bugs. After all, spiders aren't even insects. The real problem is that people have been known to wake up with bites in the morning of an unknown origin. In the past, spiders were the normal culprit to blame. But now that the bed bug resurgence has occurred, bites are often attributed to bed bugs. If you wake up to find a bite, don't immediately assume it's bed bugs. Instead, search around and see if you find any other evidence. Simple bed bug detection can rule them out, but if you are still worried, or simply want to have your bite looked at, visit a doctor who can help you identify the offending critter.
Some people believe that bed bug detection is difficult because they are microscopic. While this is not true with bed bugs, it is very true for dust mites. The problem with dust mites, however, isn't that they're very small but that they cause respiratory ailments. These ailments are worsened if anyone in your household suffers from allergies or asthma. Bed bugs don't usually cause these types of issues, but there are times when the cause of the respiratory problems will be traced back to where a person sleeps. And since bed bugs have the word "bed" right there in the name, they're the ones that get the blame.
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