Inspecting for Bed Bugs

Detecting bed bugs can be difficult, as they are small in size and able to hide in tiny cracks and crevices. They are also creatures of the night, making daytime inspections less successful. While actual bed bugs might be hard to find, evidence of a bed bug infestation may be found on bed sheets, mattresses and other furniture.

Here are a few things to look for.

  • Clusters of brown or black spots. This can be a sign of dried bed bug excrement.
  • Bed bug casings on the bed, mattress, box spring or other furniture.
  • Blood spots on sheets or furniture. This can be a sign that you or a family member bled from a bite.
  • Unexplained bug bites or rashes.
  • A sweet, musty odor.

Of course, you should always be on the lookout for live bed bugs. Some areas that you should focus on during your search are:

  • Bed mattress and boxspring
  • Bed frame and headboard
  • Between the cushions of chairs, couches and upholstered furniture
  • Carpeting ­ especially under and behind the bed
  • Blinds, drapes and curtains
  • In the drawers of night stands, dressers, etc.
  • Behind the baseboards
  • Around door and window casings
  • Behind electrical switch and outlet covers
  • Under loose wallpaper or peeling paint
  • Behind paintings, posters, picture frames, etc.

Aerex Has the Solution

To learn about how the pest control experts at Aerex can help with your bed bug extermination and prevention needs, give us a call at 847-255-8888, or click below to get a free quick quote. We also recommend heading over to our Resource Center to see what preparations you must do before bed bug extermination can be done in your home.


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