When talking to clients about a possible bed bug infestation I tell them that the thoughts of a bed bug are much like the thoughts of “The Little Mermaid” and that is “I want to be where the people are.” Generally, bed bugs will stay within 5-8 feet of where the host spends the most of their time. This is important because if you are suspicious of an infestation, you will want to focus your inspection efforts on the specific areas where you and your family spend most of your time. When doing an inspection you are looking for bed bugs, their shed skins, eggs and fecal matter. In order to do this well, you will need a good flashlight, some tools and some help with moving things around.

1. Check for bed bugs on your bed and box spring

This is the most common place that bed bugs will post up. They love the seams around the mattress or the area where the felt attached to the bottom of the box spring. you will want to carefully take the sheets off and inspect these areas by pulling open the tufts of fabric in these areas and looking for evidence. You can find bed bugs deeper in the box spring, but generally, they will populate edges of the box spring before they move in deeper, and all you are doing at this point to trying to identify an infestation.

2. Check for bed bugs on the bed frame, headboard, and footboard

When inspecting the bed bugs in these areas the key is to take the entire bed frame apart in order to expose and cracks or crevices that bed bugs love to hide in. You will also want to pay attention to any screw holes. Bed bugs love screw holes. I have seen them find harborage in a screw hole in the bedbugs, and it was not until I removed the screw that I found the bed bugs happy as can. If I have not removed the screw I would have never seen them or been able to treat for them.

3. Check for bed bugs on or in the night stands

Inspecting night stands can go pretty quickly simply because they are easy to move around. You will want to pull out any drawers, flip the nightstand upside down. There can be lots of cracks and crevices inside a nightstand, so take your time.

You can move out and inspect the other Items around the bed, however, generally, these are the first places that bed bugs will infest and you will most likely find them here first. For more information about Byrd Pest Control or our bed bug treatment programs check out our website.