How can I find bed bugs?
If you suspect that you may have bed bugs, you should do a thorough inspection of your home as soon as possible. As soon as you find signs, you can begin treatment using our simple 4-step solution.
Start by removing the sheets from your bed and inspecting them on both sides. Then, check the seams that run along the side of the mattress. Be sure to lift the seams and check under where they tend to fold over. Remove the mattress from the box spring, check the ribbed seams on the box spring, then flip it over to look underneath.
Begin your floor inspection by removing any excessive clutter, to eliminate easy nesting places. Then, check along the baseboards connecting the floors and the walls. Look under dressers, nightstands, and other low-standing furniture. If your room has any wood with cracks or crevices, shine a flashlight into them. If a credit card can fit in a crack, so can a bed bug.
Remove picture frames from the walls and check both the frame (on the back and around the edges) and the mount. Shine a flashlight into any holes, cracks, or crevices in the walls, as bed bugs may be nesting in them. Bed bugs like cramped spaces, so pay special attention to where the furniture meets the walls, and where the walls meet the floor and ceiling.
While bed bugs generally stay within 15 feet of your bed, they may still seek to hide in other parts of your home. Any upholstered furniture can be a nesting ground, so pull the cushions off of your sofa and loveseats, and check the seams for warning signs. Remove the drawers from cupboards and dressers and look inside the cabinets with a flashlight.
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