Bed bugs have reddish/brown flat bodies and they feed exclusively on blood from other hosts. No one is immune to an infestation. These insects can gain access to your home on luggage, clothes, furniture, children's toys and almost anything else you can imagine. They are tiny in size and can hide in cracks or crevices the width of a credit card edge! Knowing how to Detect bed bugs is the first step in prevention or containing an infestation that already exists.
- UV Flashlight
- Magnifying Glass
- Old Credit Card
Step 1: What Do Bed Bugs Look Like?
Step 2: Know Your Bed Bug Detection Areas
- Seams, folds and tags of mattresses, box springs, sofas and all other furniture.
- Bedding, pillows, bed skirts, etc.
- Cracks in the bed frame, dresser or wooden furniture, plaster and any other surfaces
- Curtain and other fabric folds
- Behind wood molding (if there are cracks)
- Carpet edges
- Underneath throw rugs
- Electrical receptacles
- Knots in wooden furniture
- Screw heads
- Any items hanging on the wall such as mirrors or picture frames
- Stuffed animals
- Items in storage under the bed
- Electrical appliances
Step 3: Process for Detecting Bed Bugs
Useful Tips: When traveling or visiting relatives, it is useful to know how to check your sleeping quarters for bed bugs when you arrive. If you detect bed bugs in a hotel room, get a refund and go to another hotel. If one room is infected then there is a good possibility the others are as well. Encountering the same problem at a friends or relatives may be a little more challenging. I'll leave how to handle that delicate situation up to you (wink).