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How To Do Your Own Bed Bug Inspection

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Bed Bug Inspection Guide

How to Check for & Find Bed bugs

Knowing where to look for bed bugs and how to spot them is absolutely necessary before doing your own bed bug treatment. It’s important to note that bed bugs like to stay close to their host so check around the bed first.

Tools needed:

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

Step 1: Check suspected areas (especially around the bed) 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 bedbugs vary in size and color.

Step 2: The number one area to search is on and around your bed and bedframe. Check the sheets and blankets too for blood spots that are often left behind.

Step 3: Check areas people spend time resting or sitting idle such as recliners, couches and computer chairs.

Step 4: Check around edges or perimeter of the room. Look at the edges of baseboards and carpet for any bedbug evidence.


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• Check areas near the bed, including upholstered chairs and sofas, including seams, tufts, skirts and crevices.

• Typically, bedbugs like to stay as close as possible to their human hosts. So look for dark fecal spots — digested human blood — or even the bugs themselves on bedsheets, in the seams of a mattress, between the mattress and boxspring, in the crevices of a boxspring, and in the corners of the mattress by the headboard.

• To thoroughly inspect your bedding, dismantle the bed and stand all of the components on edge so that upper and lower surfaces can be examined.

• 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.

• If you're staying in a hotel that has a headboard, lift it up and inspect the area between the wall and the headboard. Hotel managers won't like that, but if an exterminator were to go in, that would be one of the first places they would look.

•Heavy infestations may have a musty or "buggy" smell, but the odor often isn't apparent and shouldn't be relied on for detection.

• Also be sure to look in the crevices of a couch and on carpet edges. When staying in a hotel, don't put your luggage on the floor, where bedbugs can easily crawl inside. As bedbugs grow they molt their skin, which is light brown and also can be found in the same crevices of bedding, couches and carpet.


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