Detecting bed bugs can be difficult, as they are small in size and able to hide in tiny cracks and crevices.
However, evidence of a bed bug infestation may be found in bedding and on mattresses.
Live bed bugs leave clusters of dark brown or black spots of dried excrement on infested surfaces.
How do you know if bites are from bed bugs?
Most bedbug bites are painless at first, but later turn into itchy welts. Unlike flea bites that are mainly around the ankles, bedbug bites are on any area of skin exposed while sleeping. To confirm bedbug bites, you must find and identify the bugs themselves.
Can you actually see bed bugs?
Occasionally you may see evidence of a bed bug infestation without actually seeing any bed bugs. Bed bugs leave fecal stains in the areas they inhabit.
What bugs are mistaken for bed bugs?
A Look at Bed Bug Look-Alikes
- Spider Beetle. Spider beetles are the shape and size of fleas, oval and dark brown.
- Cockroach Nymphs. Cockroach nymphs hide in cracks and crevices preferring to stay close to food, warmth and moisture.
- Booklice. Booklice are commonly mistaken for bed bug nymphs.
- Carpet Beetles.
- Bat Bugs.
How do I inspect for bed bugs?
Bed bugs are attracted to warmth. The number one hiding place for bed bugs is in mattresses and beds. Inspect your sheets for blood spots bed bugs may have left behind. Be sure to thoroughly inspect the seams, tufts, and folds of your mattress in addition to any corners or crevices of your bed.