Now that we’ve gone over the basics, let’s talk about how to inspect your furniture and belongings for signs of bed bugs.
The first thing to keep in mind is that bed bugs are masters at hiding- they’ll win 99 out of 100 games of hide-and-seek. This is especially true in cases where you only have a handful of bugs. Looking for bugs will always include trying to find live specimens but there are other things to look for that bugs leave behind that can’t move and hide.
The first thing to look for is fecal spotting indicated by tiny black dots (looks like someone made dots with a fine took magic marker). Cast skins are left behind when bed bugs grow and shed their skin, like a snake, and are left wherever they molt making them sometimes easier to find than the bugs themselves. Lastly, you can look for the tiny, iridescent, white eggs that are cemented onto surfaces.
The best places to look for signs of bed bugs aren’t just the bed, but really anywhere that people spend a lot of time. This can include the couch you watch TV on or the recliner you fall asleep at night in. When inspecting furniture, you want to focus on cracks and crevices that are typically undisturbed- such as the folds in the arms of your couch and the crevices in the headboard where the wood pieces aren’t quite touching. Box springs are also a favorite location as they offer plenty of places to hide undisturbed. Bed bugs on mattresses tend to be along the seams and like to hide under any tags available. If you suspect you brought bed bugs into your home from traveling then any luggage you used should also be inspected.
Be sure to check out tomorrow’s blog where I’ll discuss what to do if you actually find bed bugs.