5 Early Signs of Bed Bugs | Why Are Seniors More Tolerant Of Bed Bugs?

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A commonly-known fact among pest control professionals is that seniors and the elderly are more tolerant of bed bug infestations than the rest of the population. But this also means that bed bug infestations in homes with seniors or assisted living facilities are severe and persistent. That’s why it’s important to know the early signs of bed bugs and prevent an infestation from growing.
In this article, we’ll address the early signs of bed bugs and take a look at why seniors are more tolerant of bed bugs and can be forced into living with them over time.

Why Are Seniors More Tolerant Of Bed Bugs?

There are several reasons why senior residents tolerate bed bugs, leading to massive growth in their population. Overall, they don’t have the same level of awareness that younger people may have. Weakened eyesight makes the tiny bugs harder to see, and seniors may even be oblivious to the effects of bed bug bites for various reasons.
While bed bug bites themselves are painless, the body responds to the bite by producing an itchy, red welt at the site. The swelling and redness decrease over time but are the primary ways people are alerted to the presence of bed bugs in the first place: waking up with bites all over them. But some seniors may be on prescription medication that suppresses their immune response, meaning they might not even notice. Even if they do feel itchy, they may attribute it to their bedding, clothing, or the side effects of their medication.
People need to be aware of the early signs of bed bugs – finding them early means you can employ more effective pest control earlier.

Early Signs of Bed Bugs: What To Look For

  • Seeing the bugs. Because of bedbugs’ tiny size and nocturnal nature, they may be quite elusive and difficult to spot. But the first and most obvious sign of a bedbug infestation is sighting the bugs themselves. You can often find them along the edges and seams of your box spring or mattress. If a particular recliner or sofa is also slept in often, the bed bugs probably live there as well.
  • Look for tiny bloodstains. Sheets, pillowcases, and duvet covers may be peppered with small, reddish-brown bloodstains. Examine closely for any patterns and bug debris.
  • Dark spots are excrement. Dark spots around bedding and mattresses are excrement from bed bugs.
  • Itchy, red welts on the skin. If you notice any welts on your elderly loved one’s skin, it may indicate the presence of bed bug bites. The more pronounced they are, the more recent the bite.
  • The recent introduction of used or secondhand furniture or mattresses. Bedbugs travel light, and they can introduce themselves in your home through secondhand furniture such as shelves, nightstands, and upholstered chairs. They can hide in practically any crevice, so if you notice bedbug signs after recently buying some furniture or a used mattress, that may be the source of your infestation.

Conclusion: How To Eliminate Bed Bugs

Eliminating bed bugs is a challenging task, as the tiny, resilient insects can live without a blood meal for a long time and hide in practically any piece of furniture, luggage, or bedding. That’s why it’s important to call a professional pest control service to treat the problem.
Seniors require the use of special treatments in their homes that are compatible with and safe for their health. So, for best results, contact a dedicated aging-in-place provider for help.
Home Comfort Solutions is a “total solution” provider of aging-in-place modifications and products. This means we perform evaluation, installation, routine maintenance, and repair. Our 30+ years of combined experience allows us to help seniors age in place with dignity, comfort, and safety. Call us today with any questions at (713) 623-1388.