Researchers and Bed Bug Checklist all agree that one of the most effective ways to manage and minimize bedbug epidemics is to apply effective checking practices that can help identify bedbug problems as early as possible and address them before becoming a major infestation.
Inspection Checklist Bug Owner Household Bed
We compiled this comprehensive checklist so you can do your own Bed Bug Inspection. We give you all the pro secrets to finding bed bugs hiding in your bedroom. Before you begin your examination take the time to learn more about bed bugs. Visit the Resource Library to get a section on Identifying Bugs of Powder and Bed Bug Infest Signs. Now, take a good flashlight and let’s get started.
The signs of infestation sometimes just prove that there is a bed bug in that room. You may not see the actual bed bugs, you are also looking for evidence that they are in that room. Looking for:
- Spilled an insect skin that may be found in the folds of the mattress, bed or other area of the room.
- The eggs are very small white and sticky.
- Small blood stains on the bed or mattress are often described as peppered with pepper.
- Bed bugs are crushed and blood stains in and around the bed.
Place to check:
- Start with the bed. Carefully remove each bed sheet to look for evidence of bed bugs, crushed insects, blood or egg stains. If something is found carefully put all the beds into a large garbage bag and tighten tightly. You do not want to drag the bed through the fallen bed all over the bed, this will spread your infestation. Next wash and dry your bed at the highest possible temperature to kill their bed bugs, eggs, larvae and nymphs.
- Check the bare mattress on both sides. Look inside the crease for bed bugs, casing or eggs. Check the sleeping area for blood stains.
- Pay special attention to check the spring box, especially the area beneath it. Bed bugs love to hide in the bottom of the spring box.
- Next you want to look at headboard and footboard. Remove each from the bed and also the wall if installed. Check every crack and slot on both sides of the board with a flashlight. Do not miss the screwheads which are popular bug bed bugs.
- Look behind framed art, mirrors and other decorations that may hang on the wall. Bed bugs love to hide near their hosts (you or your pets).
- Check carefully the furniture in your bedroom including all sides of the small table, drawers and the back side and under the furniture.
- Look around the windows, window frames but especially the window treatments in the room.
- Find the closet late. Look thoroughly at cracks and crevices and around the trim.
- Examine the upholstered items in the room thoroughly. Bed bugs prefer “soft furnishings” such as upholstered chairs, beds, mattresses and spring cases, curtains, etc.