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How to Inspect for Bed Bugs

Updated: Oct 8

Before you start stressing out thinking you have bed bugs in your home, take the time to ensure that these little creatures aren't there by knowing how to look for them. Bed bugs can be transported in many different ways, an article of clothing from their host, through the bags that come from a troubled location, or even staying somewhere, that you did not know was infested.

Here’s how to do it:

Start to remove all the bed linen, sheets, pillowcases, duvet covers, etc. You want to place these into a black bag for washing. This should be done to prevent any bed bugs in the linen from dropping off somewhere else in the house and creating another infestation.

  1. Inspect the mattress whilst removing it, especially if it has those little buttons on it.

  2. Now depending on what type of bed you have, for instance, if you have wooden slats, you should be checking in around all the gaps and crevices of the slats for evidence of bedbugs. If you have a divan-style bed then you be searching in the corners and down the sides of the film underneath. We would go as far as opening it up and inspecting the wooden supports inside for signs of bedbugs

  3. No part of the bed is left out, the wheels, the headboard, and all gaps and crevices where bolts and screws are attached.


Inspect these places for activity:

  • Bed base

  • headboard

  • picture frames

  • chairs

  • bedside cabinet

  • curtains

  • carpet edges

  • skirting board

  • Crack in walls/behind wallpaper

All furniture in a room that you suspect, has the potential to host bed bugs.

Brown or black spots on the bedding or covering are signs. These blood spots are the excrement of the bed bug. Excrement is found on the sheets, mattresses, walls, or in different areas that they travel or inhabit.

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