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Evidence of Bed Bug Infestations

If you have or believe that you have a bed bug infestation, it is better to catch it early before the infestation spreads or makes their nests. Exterminating an early infestation is more simple and cost effective than treating a more established infestation that may be more spread. 

On the other hand new or small infestations may be very tricky to identify. like looking for a needle in a hay stack. Mistaken identity of bed bugs or bed bug bites is also common, allowing them more time to take hold within your home or business. Bed bug bites can look very similar to hives or bites from other insects making them not fully reliable for diagnosing a potential infestation. Correctly identifying your pest quickly and efficiently is essential for greater success rates in wallet friendly exterminations.

This is an image of bed bug bites on human skin.
This is an image of a bed bug close up showing its features.

Signs of Bed Bugs

This is an image of bed bug feaces on a bed frame, showing what to look for to determine if bed bugs are present.
This is an image of bed bug eggs close up showing what to look for when search for evidence of bed bugs.

 

Reliable methods of identifying and finding bed bugs are looking for the visual ques of an infestation or using specially trained canines that are keen to the smell of bed bugs they give off as they release pheromones, lay eggs, or leave droppings. Visual ques of an infestation include:

  • Reddish brown or rusty looking stains on sheets or bedding

  • Black dots that would fecal matter after feeding in cracks, crevices and seems. These will look painted on, stained in the wood.

  • Eggs and egg shells will have a pearly yellowing white coloration. They look similar to small grains of rice but smooth and pearly. Eggs will also glow under a black light.

  • Bug casings are tan to light brown and will be found in hidden pockets, nooks and crannies near their host's resting locations.

  • Live adult bed bugs are roughly the size and coloration of an apple seed, being brown to darker brown.

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Where to look for Bed Bugs

Bed bugs are roughly the width of a dime meaning they like to create their nests and will remain in the out of the way darker reaches most of the time other than feeding or seeking food. This may include but not limited to:

  • Seams of the Bed, bedframe, Couches, Chairs, cushions, curtains, back packs, and luggage containers.

  • Joints, cracks, screw heads and under drawers of Night stands, dressers, bed frames and bookshelves near resting areas.

  • Within baseboards, electrical receptacles, switches, wall hangings and wall to ceiling junctions.

  • Stacks of papers, books, files, records and boxes near by.

Click here to learn more about preventing bed bugs

This is an image of bed bugs hinding on aa seem of a couch, representing an area that they like to hidde and showing what it looks like.
This is an image of bed bug feraces in a crack of a bed, showing an area that bed bugs commonly like to hide and what to look for when searching such an area.
This is an image depicting the areas that bed bugs commonly will be founddd when searching a room for bed bugs.
This is an image of bed bugs close up hiding together in a seem of a bed also showing what eviddence to look for when searching for bed bugs.
This is an image of bed bugs husks around the bottom of a bed frame along with evidence of bed bug feaces. This is more signs to look for when searching for bed bugs.
This is an image of bed bugs hiding together in a seem of a blanket showing more evidence to search for. this image contains bed bugs, feaces, eggs and skins.

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