04/15/2013 | Bed Bugs or Carpet Beetles? A Look at the Differences
The thought of bed bugs causes almost an immediate sense of panic and even an itch at the thought of those creepy crawlies feasting on our skin. If you aren’t a trained expert, it’s easy to get confused when spotting a tiny insect, as carpet beetles can easily be mistaken for bed bugs. It’s important to know the difference in order to determine if you’ll need to find immediate bed bug solutions.
What’s the difference between carpet beetles and bed bugs?
Both carpet beetles and bed bugs are insects, but bed bugs feed on blood and carpet beetles feed on substances like carpet, woolen fabrics and other materials as well as stored food sources. Bed bugs can cause red, itchy welts on the skin due to their bites and although carpet beetles do not bite, the larvae have prickly little hairs that can cause a reaction in some people that has the appearance of bed bug bites.
Signs that you may have bed bugs and not carpet beetles include:
- Tiny dark spots on bedding which are actually bed bug excrement
- Rust colored or reddish stains on sheets or the mattress
- A musty odor
- Skins that the nymphs shed as they grow larger
- If you see the insect, a carpet beetle has a multi-spotted body while bed bugs do not.
What to do if you think you have bed bugs
If you think you may have bed bugs, it’s important to call in experts as quickly as possible so that the location of the infestation can be targeted in order to employ effective bed bug solutions before the problem becomes worse.
An inspection will also determine whether or not you really do have bed bugs. A reputable company like Assured Environments uses the latest high-tech methods for detecting bed bugs which can save you thousands of dollars as well as a lot of frustration.
While chemical treatments were the traditional method for eradicating bed bugs, today, the best bed bug solutions are heat treatments. This option is a 100 percent organic, non-toxic treatment that will not harm residents, pests or our environment.
The heat is able to penetrate the tiniest cracks and crevices in order to quickly eradicate the entire infestation.