Bedbug researchers and experts all agree that the single most effective way to manage and minimize the bedbug epidemic is to implement effective inspection practices that can help identify a bedbug problem as early as possible and deal with it before it becomes a major infestation.
Homeowner’s Do-It-Yourself Bed Bug Inspection Checklist
We put together this comprehensive checklist so you can perform your very own Bed Bug Inspection. We give you all the secrets of the pros to finding bed bug hiding spots in your bedroom. Before you embark on your inspection take some time to learn more about bed bugs. Visit the Resource Library for sections on Identifying Bed Bugs and Signs of a Bed Bug Infestation. Now, grab a good flashlight and let’s get started.
Signs of an infestation will sometimes just be evidence that bed bugs were present in the room. You may not see actual bed bugs, you are also looking for evidence that they are in the room. Look for:
- Shed skins of the bugs which may be found within the folds of the mattress, the bedding or other areas in the room.
- Their eggs, which are very small, white in color and sticky.
- Small blood stains on the bedding or mattress which is often described as looking like sprinkled pepper.
- Crushed bed bugs and blood stains in and around the bed.
Places to Inspect:
- Begin with the bedding. Carefully remove each layer of bedding looking for evidence of bed bugs, crushed bugs, blood stains or eggs. If anything is discovered carefully place all of the bedding into a large trash bag and tie it very tight. You do not want to drag bedding through your home dropping bed bugs throughout the space, this will spread your infestation. Next wash and dry your bedding on the highest temperatures possible to kill the bed bugs, their eggs, larvae and nymphs.
- Inspect the bare mattress on both sides. Look inside of the folds for bed bugs, casings or eggs. Examine the sleeping area for blood stains.
- Take special care to examine the box spring, especially the area underneath. Bed bugs love to hide in the underside of the box spring.
- You next want to check around the headboard and footboard. Remove each from the bed as well as the wall if it is attached. Inspect each and every crack and crevice on both sides of the board with a flashlight. Don’t miss those screwheads that are popular bed bug hiding spots.
- Look behind framed art, mirrors and any other décor that may be hanging on the walls. Bed bugs love to hide in close proximity to their host (you or your pet).
- Closely examine the furniture in your bedroom including all sides of a nightstand, the drawers and the back side and underneath the furniture.
- Look around the window, window frame but especially any window treatments in the room.
- Thoroughly search closets. Look thoroughly in cracks and crevices and around trim.
- Inspect any upholstered items in the room closely. Bed bugs prefer “soft furnishings” like upholstered chairs, bedding, mattresses and box springs, drapery, etc.