Bed Bugs

How to Check for Bed bugs

DIY Bed Bug Inspection Guide

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How to Find Bed bugs Yourself

Learn Where Bed bugs Hide & How to Spot Them
Knowing where to look for bed bugs and how to spot them is an important step in the bed bug control process and is absolutely necessary before doing your own bed bug treatment.

Helpful Tools:

  • Flashlight
  • A stiff and flat edged object like a credit card or a paint scraper

Step 1

Check the Most Common Bed bug Hiding Spots

Where to Look for Bed bugs
Check suspected areas (especially around the bed and mattress) for actual bugs, feces or cast skins. Using a flashlight and flat edged object (like a credit card) be sure to look in cracks, crevices, and folds of fabric keeping in mind that bed bugs vary in size and color.
  • The number one area to search is on and around your bed and bed frame. Inspect the sheets and blankets to look for blood spots that are often left behind.
  • Look carefully around areas people spend time resting or sitting idle such as recliners, couches and computer chairs.
  • Check around edges or perimeter of the room. Look at the edges of baseboards and carpet for any bedbug evidence.

Step 2

Inspect Less Common Areas

  • Nightstands and dressers should be emptied and examined inside and out, then tipped over to inspect the woodwork beneath. Often, the bugs will be hiding in cracks, corners and recesses.
  • Behind picture frames, under table lamps, under and in alarm clocks and other electronics
  • Behind loose wallpaper and around the ceiling in the corners of the room
  • Around window frames and door frames
  • On curtains or drapes

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