How Do You Detect Bedbugs?


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Bedbugs can be identified by their brown, flat, wingless and oval-shaped bodies and by their bites, which cause a small and itchy bump or welt on the skin. They're roughly the size of an apple seed, although young bedbugs are smaller. After feeding, they grow slightly larger, rounder and longer, and they turn a purplish-red hue.

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Crushed bed bugs leave behind a rust-colored or reddish stain on bed linens and pillows. If there's concern about a possible bedbug infestation, use a flashlight and magnifying glass to inspect the bedding, the mattress, the box spring, the bed frame and any other sheets or linens for any possible signs of live or dead bedbugs, stains or eggs. Use a thin piece of plastic, such as a credit card, to scrape deep into bedding and carpet.

Inspect the floor surrounding the bed for signs of bedbug excrement. Bedbug waste leaves behind a small, dark spot that looks similar to a period made by an ink pen. Inspect any furniture for tiny white eggs that are left behind after the bedbugs shed their skin. Examine the walls, outlets, and anything hanging on the walls for signs of live or dead bedbugs. Use a thin piece of plastic to scrape through any cracks and crevices in the walls and corners. To prevent injury, be sure to only inspect electrical outlets visually.

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