IDENTIFICATION AND INSPECTION
If you haven’t seen any bugs, but are experiencing bites on exposed skin, you should perform a thorough inspection to determine if bed bugs area truly present.
ARE YOU CERTAIN YOU HAVE BED BUGS?
There are few bugs that live in your home and resemble bed bugs. check out the images of carpet beetles and fleas, just in case.
WHY IS A THOROUGH INSPECTION IMPORTANT?
Bed bugs need to be treated directly with the products, which makes it important to know exactly where they are. A thorough inspection helps you treat all areas needed and not waste chemical. This also reduces missing bed bugs during treatment, which prolongs your infestation. ***IMPORTANT**** You should still treat all areas that prone to bed bugs, including all beds, sofas, upholstered furniture, etc throughout the home.
Bed bugs are a small bug with colors varying from pale tan to dark brown
Adult bed bugs are small and frequently flat, making it easy for them to hide in your furniture and surroundings
Bed bugs prefer to hide within a few feet of a host (this means within a few feet of where you spend most of your time). beds are not the only place they are found. night stands, sofas, recliners, gaming chairs, futons, bean bag chairs.
Other hiding spots: pillows, curtains, books, electronics, lamp shades, picture frames, upholstered items, cardboard boxes, baseboards and edges of carpet, door frames, corners of ceiling, electric outlets, inside/under alarm clocks and lamps, under peeling wallpaper and border, etc
When trying to identify where bed bugs might be present, look for evidence they leave behind. once they have fed, they deficate (poop) when returning to their hiding spots. leaving black marks on various surfaces near the host and their nest is very common. the fecal spots do not brush off like pepper or debris would.
When molting, bed bugs shed their exoskelatin and leave the empty shell behind. these sheds also indicate the presence of bed bugs (either current or past) and are an indicator that treatment should include this area, if possible.
Use a bright flashlight and look in the folds, tufts, buttons and under furniture. you will be looking for bed bugs, their exoskelatins (sheds), bed bug feces and possibly even eggs.
You should know that finding one bed bug does not indicate there is an “infestation”. a thorough inspection of sleeping and living areas should help determine if there is truly a problem and if treatment is necessary.