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How to Check for Bed Bugs

Do you know how to check for bed bugs? Learn what to look for so you don’t bring them to your home with you.

how to check for bed bugs

How to Check for Bed Bugs

The bed bug is a very tiny creature that hides into cracks and even in a place narrow and thin like a credit card. Due to their tiny size, it is difficult to find them. So then how do you check for bed bugs?

Everyone should be learning how to check for bed bugs routinely, even if you do not think that you are at high risk of getting them in your home. While the risk of getting bed bugs increases if you are a traveler or if you like to bring home used furniture or clothing, there still always exists the small possibility that you could pick them up while out and about. For example, they have been found in stores selling new clothing items, in movie theaters, and on public transportation.

Examine the areas where you think that they can exist like, in the mattress, around the bed, in cushions, and fabric of the sofa with a flashlight. Be sure to find out the places where you find its eggs, any skin part, or its feces.

Check carefully all the cracks and folds and joints of furniture and under the carpet. Bed bugs can also find in drawers, in corners, under the dresser, in book racks, in windows and door frames, and empty places around the ceiling.

Here’s what they look like up close. Are you ready? Ok, here goes…

bed bug

Why should you learn to check for bed bugs?

Unless you want to become paranoid and stop going out of your home or inviting friends over, one of the best ways to prevent the development of an infestation is to learn how to check for bed bugs regularly in your home.

Bed bugs like clean homes too, so do not make the mistake of assuming that they will not move in with you. By doing routine checks, you can take steps to eradicate the problem before the infestation gets too large.

You can also apply the tips, that I am going to share, when you travel so that you can search the hotel room when you arrive. If you can identify that the room you are checking into has bed bugs, then you can request another room or change hotels.

What are you looking for when checking for bed bugs?

  • Evidence of live or dead bugs – They are wingless, brown-red in color, have flat bodies, and are about the size of apple seeds (3/16″).
  • Little white eggs (about the size of the head of a pin), the skin moltings of beg bug larvae (also called nymphs), or their excrement – The latter is observed as black or dark spots that may be found on items, such as mattresses, that you are checking.
  • Rust or blood-colored stains on the mattress or bedsheets – This tends to occur when the bed bug is rolled over by a sleeping person after the bug has just fed.

Where do you search for bed bugs?

You search for bed bugs in your bed and then the rest of your bedroom. Because bed bugs like to hide in dark places during the day, and they come out at night to feed on you when you are sleeping, this is the best place to start checking.

Here are some tips to improve the search:

  • It is a good idea to use a flashlight.
  • Be sure to check your mattress, including the seams and the buttons.
  • You will also want to check out the box spring and the bed frame, especially if the latter is wooden as cracks in it can make great harborage sites.
  • In addition, check your headboard, night tables, and dressers.
  • Be sure to check any crevices, screw holes, and underneath everything as bugs could be hiding there.
  • Other places to check include along the edges of and under carpet, along baseboards, behind wall photos, behind outlet covers, and in the pleats of curtains.
  • If clutter is present in your bedroom, this creates great hiding spots for the bugs too. Bed bugs can crawl into laptops, radios, televisions, and other electronics as well.

What is the first sign of bed bugs?

Waking up with itching and found red bumps on your body is a symptom that indicates the presence of bed bugs. Small bristles may appear at the place of their bite. Bed bugs bite usually bite at arms and legs. Their bites can also cause allergic reactions.

If you found some brownish stains on your bed cover, carpet, and fabrics of the sofa. These spots can be the feces of parts of their skin. When bed bugs feed they may be left some blood spots on bed sheets or pillows.

You may find some dead bugs during the cleaning of your room.  Bed bugs often secrete a gland for communication purposes which have a weird smell. Bed bugs usually came outside during night time for food.

You may feel little movements on the body that disturb your sleep. You may found bugs in their early stages of life as a baby bed bug or eggs and larva.

Can you see the bed bugs with the human eye?

Bed bugs are such a little creature with size like the seed of an apple. Their size is around 5 to 7 mm. adult bugs can be seen with the naked human eye.  Bed bugs have also some physical similarities with other pests like cockroach, beetles, and some fleas. So it is necessary to know the actual appearance of a bug and its difference from other ones. Some people may need their glasses for perception  

Can you have bed bugs and not see them?

You may see an infestation of bed bug but don’t see the pest itself. To claim the presence of bed bugs, you need to find the actual evidence. If you have insect bites or red spots on your skin and itching, these symptoms don’t need to be results of bed bugs bite.

How Do You Detect Bed Bugs?

Bed bugs may change their physical appearance according to their region. The size of their eggs is so small only like a pinhead. Adults have a slightly larger size like the seed of an apple. They are brownish, rust, or reddish color and have an oval-shaped or elongated body.

Wings are present on their body but they are unable to fly. The presence of bed bugs in your home does not concern with the cleaning process. They are like “hitchhikers” that can enter your luggage during traveling, in a hotel, or during shopping.

These pests can surprisingly live for one year without any food. So, you need to check your luggage and room items carefully.

If you do not find bed bugs, you can let out a sigh of relief. However, you should never let down your guard. One recommended way to monitor for the presence of bugs is to purchase a bed bug trap that you put on the floor around the bed legs. An example is the Climbup Insect Interceptor Bed Bug Trap, which can be purchased on Amazon.

Learning how to check for bed bugs is one of the most important things that you can learn how to do. It can help you to catch infestations early before they get out of hand.


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