WHERE

to find Bed Bugs?

Considerations, Before you begin looking:

  • Light

    The usefulness of good light can not be under stated. You may miss the only conclusive sign just because you did not have good enough light to notice it.

    Turn on the lights, move the curtains and bring in extra light sources, preferably without the tripping hazard of wires.

    You may be trying to find a needle in a haystack or an obvious infestation.

  • A Container

    You will find things that may look like an insect or an actual Bed Bug. You will need to store them for detailed observations, later. Use any transparent storage device:

    Plastic bag

    Clear Bottle

    Glass Container

  • Extra Hand

    Support of a Second Person is Invaluable:

    To hold the Light and be Extra Set of Eyes.

    To Capture a Possible Bug and Store it.

    Hold Elements of a Bed Frame for Dismantling and Inspection.

  • Make Space for Movements

    Make space around the bed and sofas.

    Move away items stored under or near them.

    Unplug devices from wall outlets to avoid tripping hazard.

    Move night tables, other furniture or structures at a distance.

And Discovery Begins!

Among the common items you will find are human skin debris, hair, coins, food debris, tissues, pet toys, etc and etc.

Anything that looks like an insect or is indeed an insect would require a closer inspection.

Among the first tell tale signs of Bed Bug presence are their excrements or feces. These are produced as black liquid that in time dries up. On a non absorbing surface such as finished wood, it would dry up as an extruding black dot. In an absorbing material it may burst into the fibres of the material as ink does on fabrics.

Next you may see Bed Bug skin sheds. These can be mistaken against the Carpet Beetle Larvae skin shed. So keep the specimen for a second opinion.

1. Depressions

Depressions at the corners of Box Springs particularly on the underside are the most common nesting spot for Bed Bugs. Next, along the mattress tufts and piping is where Bed Bugs feel comfortable to nest.

Adult and a Baby Bed Bug in the depression near Mattress Tufting

Adult and a Baby Bed Bug in the depression near Mattress Tufting


Adult and a Baby Bed Bug in the depression near Mattress Tufting
A Full Size Adult Bed Bug is hardly visible in this horizontal view.

A Full Size Adult Bed Bug is hardly visible in this horizontal view.

A Baby Bed Bug is almost like a mere dot in the stitching depression on the side of this Box Spring. Truly these are instincts of a Parasite.

A Baby Bed Bug is almost like a mere dot in the stitching depression on the side of this Box Spring. Truly these are instincts of a Parasite.

2. Slits

Slits and Gaps

3. Holes

Factory drilled holes

Factory Drilled Holes

Factory drilled holes in our bed frames is a common nesting spot for Bed Bugs. These holes are spacious enough to hold several adult Bed Bugs and dozens of Eggs. These holes could be in the sides, backs or the under side of wooden elements of our bed frames. A bed may need to be dismantled to be able to moved in such a way so that we can look directly into these holes.

WHY did I Get Bed Bugs?

We present pictures and videos illustrating the common reasons people end up having Bed Bugs.

Why or How did I Get Bed Bugs? Click to learn.

Small Drilled Hole Holds Several Bed Bugs of Varying Sizes, White Eggs and Excrements

HOW to Inspect or Look for Bed Bugs?

We present pictures and videos illustrating Method and Technique for Seeking these Parasites Out .

How to Inspect or Look for Bed Bugs? Click to learn.

A Bed being Inspected for Bed Bugs.