How to Check for Bed Bugs

Bed bug on skin

How to Check for Bed Bugs

Bed bugs are a very unwelcome problem to have, and getting rid of them is even more unpleasant and often difficult. Here at General Pest Control, we have years of experience remediating bed bug problems and helping our customers reclaim their homes from these pesky bugs. Consider this your go-to guide for checking for and getting rid of bed bugs in your home.

Bed Bug Signs

  • Red, itchy bites – While you shouldn’t immediately assume any bites you have are from bed bugs, bites on the arms and shoulders are typical of the pesky insects since people often leave those areas exposed while sleeping. Bed bug bites typically appear as hard, swollen, red or white welts in zigzag or straight line patterns. They are likely to become inflamed and itchy.
  • Sleepless nights – Bed bugs are active when humans are around, which means they’ll be most active at night when you’re laying in bed. If you notice itching and irritation that starts after laying down for the night, it’s most likely due to bed bugs.
  • Bugs and brown spots in the bed – After bed bugs feed on humans, they tend to leave behind fecal matter that consists of dried blood. Rusty or brown stains found on the mattress or other upholstered furniture are indicative of bed bugs. They also molt and shed their skin so their small, brown exoskeletons are a key marker of their presence.
  • Musty odor – Bed bugs, especially in large quantities, give off pheromones that are quite strong. The smell is typically described as a musty odor.

Finding Bed Bugs

Bed bugs stains on upholstered furnitureIf you suspect you have a bed bug problem based on itching, bites, or odor alone, it’s time to find the culprit to confirm the problem. While bed bugs are most often found in the area they’re named after—the bed—you should check in a multitude of other places as well. Thoroughly check the following items for live bugs, their exoskeletons and blood and fecal stains, especially along the edges and seams:

  • Mattress
  • Headboard
  • Upholstered Furniture
  • Curtains
  • Rugs
  • Clothing

Getting Rid of Bed Bugs

Once you’re fairly certain that you have bed bugs in your home, contact General Pest Control immediately. Even if you’re not 100% sure, we’ll be happy to come out and inspect the problem for you.