Visual Inspection: Finding Bed Bugs in Your Home or Business

Learning how to check for bed bugs: If you suspect a bed bug problem at your business or home, a visual inspection is usually the first way to confirm and identify that a problem does in fact exist.  While a visual inspection alone may not be 100% effective at identifying all problem areas, it can often provide telltale signs if you know what you are looking for.

Finding bed bugs is not typically easy.  By nature, they are elusive and usually only easy to see in cases of severe infestations, or in their adult life cycle stage.  Nymphs and eggs can be very difficult to identify, so we also utilize trained dogs that can locate problem areas, for the best means of detection. Visual inspection can take time, and can fail to produce accurate results – Our best recommendation is to utilize our visual inspections coupled with our K9s to confirm an issue exists, and where treatment needs to be completed.

Visual inspections rely on a few signs of bed bugs:

  • Telltale bed bug bites
  • Signs of excrement or blood stains on sheets and bedding
  • Bed bug skins / shells

how to check for bed bugsBecause these visual cues are not going to occur in an early infestation, K9 detection is the preferred means of positively identifying or discrediting a potential bed bug infestation.


Where to Inspect: How to Check for Bed Bugs

In businesses, bed bugs will often hide in furniture, carpet, outlets and other areas that provide easy access to a host.  In homes, per their name, bed bugs are around beds, bedding, furniture and other areas conducive to their feed and retreat pattern of behavior. Bed bugs can also be in vehicles, virtually any public places, in used clothing and household items and other hiding spots.

Learning how to check for bed bugs will still typically require professional inspection and treatment.  Call us today for more information and a free visual inspection!