What is that smell? You get a whiff of what smells like wet moldy towels left fermenting in the bathroom. It isn’t pleasant and inquiring minds want to know what, why, and where it’s coming from. You may need the help of a NJ pest control company to help you ferret out the cause.
Bed Bugs and Odor
If you’ve determined you don’t have a water leak that causes mold, the next thing to consider is a bed bug infestation. These bloodsuckers are already unwanted visitors to the home with their penchant for dining on humans and pets while you’re getting what should be a good night’s rest.
Bed bugs have a distinctive odor that can’t be missed. It’s been described as smelling “musty”, “moldy”, and like “spoiled fruit”, “almonds”, or “coriander.” Regardless of the odoriferous descriptions, you don’t want them smelling up your house.
Cause of Odor
The most common thought of where the smell originates from is from the droppings the bugs leave behind. While a handful of bed bugs most likely won’t create a distinctive odor, a large infestation most certainly will. If you step on a bed bug, that also creates a strong smell.
Waking up in the morning with a series of red itchy bites all over your body isn’t a great way to start the day. When bed bugs have invaded your home, there are a few things to keep in mind.
Bed Bug Bites
In most cases, bed bug bites will be very itchy and can be anywhere on your body from head to toe. While bed bugs are not disease carriers, they can cause an allergic reaction in some people. If in doubt about the severity and/or reaction to the bites, consult with your family doctor.
What you’ll see may look similar to a flea or mosquito bite. A telling difference is bed bug bites are grouped together whereas a flea or mosquito bite is random and can be scattered in several places.
Signs to Look For
You’ll want to do a search of your bed linens, mattress, even around the headboard. Look for tiny eggs and dark spots, which is fecal matter, on the sheets.
If you find evidence, vacuum thoroughly and dispose of canister contents in a sealed bag. Next, get help from NJ pest control professionals.
When you’re in need of a NJ pest control specialist, look no further than Stern Environmental. With years of experience and tried and true treatments, we’ll have your bed bugs under control and out the door for good. Call today for fast and efficient service.