You have a sneaking suspicion that you have been invaded by troublesome bed bugs. Before this accusation can be confirmed you need some proof. Small red bite marks do not 100% guarantee that the bed bug is to blame, but it is a start. Visual confirmation must be made. So, how do you find bed bugs?
Bed bugs are small stealth like hiding experts that will crawl into any nook or crevices closeby to their food source, you. If you follow this guideline on how to find bed bugs you will not need to fork out costly dollars on a pest controller to confirm their presence.
The bed is the number 1 spot that bed bugs can be found, so that it is a good place to start. Remove the blanket and investigate the mattress sheet. Look for stains that can be a dark reddish colour to black. These stains will be your blood or fecal matter from your digested blood. Remove the sheet and now do a thorough inspection on the mattress.
Carefully examine the edges, seams and any grooves or slight overlapping areas. Flip over the mattress and do a further inspection on the underside.
If you have a bed frame, inspect between the slates, corners and any grooves of the bed head.
If you have a box spring, inspect all the areas described above and do a further inspection inside the box spring. You can inspect inside the box spring by removing or cutting a small section of the underside protecting material. You may need to use a torch to inspect inside the box spring. Look at all the corners, between individual pieces of timber, screw holes and staples.
Inspect all pillows and cushions one by one. Look at the seams and zippers. Examine all edges and corners of the couch. If possible, inspect the underside. Examining any screws, staples and timber corners where they could hide or lay eggs. If against a wall, pull away and inspect the floor to wall corner.
Any bedside tables or drawers that are close to the bed can also be areas that bed bugs will inhabit. Again, pay close attention to all small cracks, corners, screws, staples and any other places you think they could be hiding. Inspect the underside, pull away from wall and remove any draws for further inspection.
Have you found any Bed Bugs?
These are the most common areas that the sneaky, elusive bed bug can be found. If you catch a sample of what you suspect to be a bed bug, why not use Bed Bug Barriers insect identification for confirmation. Also check out our range of bed bug mattress and base covers that will provide further confirmation, eradication and extermination of bed bugs.