Great Advice on How To Check for Bed Bugs
To recognize a bed bug or a bed bug infestation, see Bed Bug Life Cycle and Bed Bug Infestation in the Bed Bug Picture Gallery. Once you know what a bedbug looks like and how to recognize a bed bug infestation, you're ready to inspect your home for bedbugs.
- With the lights off and starting with the area closest to the bed, visually inspect using a good, strong flashlight. Check the mattress and pillow seamsthoroughly.
- Check for dark brown or reddish blood spots from the bed bug fecal droppings on all bedding surfaces (sheets, comforters, dust ruffles, mattresses, pillows).
- Slowly (and carefully – enlist help if you need to) lift the mattress or box spring off the frame. Check the underside of the box spring – the most common hiding place for bed bugs. Remember, that fine mesh lining the bottom of your box spring is no match for bed bugs wanting to hide inside.
- Check the top and underside of the frame carefully. This is a particularly favorite place for bed bugs as it is close to its blood meal (you) and is an undisturbed and well hidden location on the bed.
- Look in all the cracks and crevices near the bed. This means on the floor, walls and ceiling. Check under chair cushions, behind hanging pictures, around and inside electrical outlets, behind and under dressers, mirrors, along floorboards, etc.
- Clutter on the floors, closets, bookshelves, etc are all good hiding places. Inspect these areas methodically and carefully.
- Inspect yourself and your family. Bed bugs typically, but not always, bite in a straight line. The bites appear red and swollen and may have a small dip in the middle, much like a mosquito bite. Be aware it is difficult, even for professionals, to diagnose that a bite is indeed from a bed bug. And remember, not all family members will show signs of bed bug bites, even though they are being fed upon.
What should I do if I DON'T find bedbugs?
Prevention is better than cure! Use Bedbug.com's quality protection and encasement products. Encasements are an important component in protecting your property, making the inspection and treatment process much easier, and helping to eliminate added expense of replacing these items.
- Protect your bedding with quality bedding protection products
- Protect your clothing with laundry bags
- Protect yourself when you travel with suitcase protectors and travel pillow protectors
What should I do if I DO find bedbugs?
Call a bed bug experienced Pest Management Professional IMMEDIATELY. Do not try and treat this problem yourself.
DO NOT replace the items in the infected areas until instructed to do so by your Pest Management Professional who has given you clear instructions on how this should be done.
Immediately after the bed bug infestation has been treated and eradicated, protect your bedding with SecureSleep™ protection and encasement products from Bedbug.com.
For more information about what to do or what not to do, see Bed Bug Dos and Don'ts.
See related articles in the Bed Bug Knowledge Center:
2010 - The Year of the Bed Bug
Protect Your Bedroom from Bed Bugs
International Bed Bugs: New York, London, Toronto, and Los Angeles