To locate bedbugs in the home, examine bedding, mattresses and furnishings for signs of the pests. Bedbugs can also be found in seams, such as the seams between baseboards and walls, anywhere in the home.
Mattresses are one of the most common places to find bedbugs or evidence of a bedbug infestation. It may be easier to find bedbugs after dark. When examining beds and other areas for bedbugs, look for a small brown or reddish-colored insect. Small, rust-colored stains on the mattress and bedding may be caused by bedbug excrement. If excrement stains are present, live bedbugs are typically living nearby. Live bedbugs may be found hiding under the seams and in the corners of mattresses, and they are often present on pillows and other bedding.
Bedbugs can also live on other soft furnishings, such as curtains and sofas, and in cracks and crevices in the walls of the home. Excrement stains may be present on furnishings or on walls in areas where bedbugs are active. All clothing should be checked thoroughly for live bedbugs. Bedbugs may live in drawers and other wooden furnishings, and they can also live inside electrical outlets and appliances. Examine outlets, baseboards and window trims along the seams. Remove drawers from dressers and examine the joints for live bedbugs or stains caused by bedbugs to detect their presence in the home.