In order to find out if you have bed bugs, you must first investigate. The tools we recommend are a good flashlight, magnifying glass, screw drivers (to take apart some of your furniture) and some hard work. Pay very close attention to beds, furniture and any other items where they might be hiding. Bedbugs are large enough to be visible by the naked eye. The adult bedbug is brown to reddish-brown, oval-shaped, flattened, and about 1/4 to 5/8 inch long. Be prepared to inspect every spot in the room by using a good flashlight and a magnifying glass. Bedbugs will leave small reddish to brown spots on mattresses and linens. The Bedbugs will have a distinct smell. The bedbug's flat shape and small body enables it to hide very easily in cracks and crevices. Bedbugs, eggs and fecal deposits will very likely go unnoticed with just a casual inspection. When a room is inspected by a professional pest control operator, they may inspect a single room for as long as 2 hours. For our Bedbug treatment guide click here.
You should do as the Pro's do and leave nothing out of your inspection. This will include but not limited to books, night stands, behind switch plates, pictures, posters, book cases, bed frames, box frames. Yes this includes any and all small cracks and crevices that are in the room. Do It Yourself Bedbug Control is not for the faint at heart, as it involves a lot of work. But saying this, you can do it if you try. If you have any questions please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Immatures (nymphs) resemble the adults, but are smaller and lighter in color
Bed bugs do not fly, but can move quickly over floors, walls, ceilings and other surfaces
Bed bugs are persistent
Eradicating, exterminating or just killing an entire infestation requires persistence
Can hide in extremely small cracks & crevices making it difficult to locate breeding sites
Are rarely seen in daylight, they emerge from hiding spots at night
Can live a year or longer without food (blood)
This instructional video on bed bugs explains what bed bugs are, how they feed, where they live, and how to look out for them. It was produced by Dr. James Lashomb and Dr. Changlu Wang, filmed by Jainxin Zhang, and edited by Daniel R. ...