You can carry out a bed bug inspection yourself if you know what to look for.
Bed bugs feed every 7-10 days and when they fed they may take multiple bites. If you have noticed you are being bitten, the steps below should help assist when looking for bed bug evidence.
- Look for spotting on the sheets.
When bed bugs feed from us we can continue to bleed after the bugs have finished. Looking for blood spots on your sheets around the areas where you have bites is a good place to start. If you do notice spotting on your sheets it doesn’t confirm you are being bitten by bed bugs but it does confirm that there is something going on to cause you to bleed. You could be being bitten by a different pest or be having an allergic reaction, causing you to scratch.
- Look for bed bug poo.
When bed bugs feed, they poo as they go back to their hiding places. As your infestation gets heavier the amount of poo will increase. Bed bug poo will smear when wet. Take a wet cotton wool bud and wipe it across the black marks. If it smears it is bed bug poo.
3. Look for bed bugs.
As your infestation gets bigger over time the chances of seeing bed bugs increase. The best thing to do is remove the mattress from the bed and have a look in all the cracks and crevices of the frame. If you have a divan bed frame it is best to remove the black plastic covering from the bottom.
Once you know if your pest problem is bed bugs or not you can then work out the best treatment for yourself and your home.