One thing for sure about bed bugs is that they are a nuisance and are becoming a bigger problem each day.
Inspecting for bed bugs can be difficult if you are not sure what to look for.
This is why I created this guide.. your first starting point to get rid of bed bugs.
How to De-Tox Your Home From Bed Bugs Using 2 Steps
It doesn’t matter where you live there is always a possibility that you too could suffer from a bed bug infestation.
So, what can you do to protect your home from bed bugs?
Is It Just the Luck of the Draw?
We hear many horror stories about bed bugs and the people who are going through these stressful times.
We hear everything from people throwing every piece of furniture in their home away.
Even loving parents who are waken up in the middle of the night by a screaming infant that is just getting bitten up and has bite marks all over their body.
We understand that bed bugs are stressful and difficult to remove which is why we have created this guide to help people win the battle against bed bugs.
The Biggest Issues With Bed Bugs
- They keep coming back and are almost impossible to get rid of.
- The cost to get rid of bed bugs is extremely expensive.
- I’ve lost my home to bed bugs and I have to move out
- I’ve tried everything and nothing works
Bed Bugs Armageddon
Just recently The Astor Hotel in Upper West Side of New York are having serious bed bug issues. A couple from California went on there dream vacation only to stay in an infested room full of bed bugs. As reported by, ABC 7
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This isn’t the first episode with New York Hotels. In fact, we been helping Hotels and Resorts since 2006 with Bed Bug Bully to not only kill bed bugs, but prevent them from coming back.
Currently, our east coast sales director is reaching out to Astor Hotel to discuss opportunities and options for them to get rid of their bed bug infestation as quickly as possible.
One of the biggest problems with bed bugs is that many people are not educated on how big the problem really is.
This is not a knock on them.
Put yourself in their position. You spot a bed bug on your bed or you all of the sudden see red bite marks on your body.
What’s the first thing you do?
Try to convince yourself it’s not a bed bug? This could never happen to you because you live in a clean home?
But what if these are the symptoms of a potential bed bug infestation?
The threat alone makes you want to do some research so you check the internet and low and behold someone else posted a picture of a bed bug.
It’ looks exactly like the one you just saw on your bed.
Then you start reading and see the pictures of the bite marks and it starts to become a reality.
You have bed bugs but like everyone else you just aren’t sure of what to do.
At least you stumbled upon this guide because we are going to give you as much help as possible to rid your life of bed bugs.
Have Questions About Bed Bugs?
- What Are Bed Bugs?
- What Does A Bed Bug look Like?
- How Did I Get Bed Bugs?
- How Do I Inspect My Home For Bed Bugs
- How Do You Get Rid of Bed Bugs?
- Can I Get Rid Of Bed Bugs on A Fixed Budget?
- Is it Possible to Get Rid Of Bed Bugs Myself?
- Do I Have To Call an Exterminator?
- Does Anything Work To Kill Bed Bugs?
Just what are bed bugs and where did they come from?
The scientific name for bed bugs is Cimex lectularius.
Bed bugs are parasitic insects of the cimicidae family that feed exclusively on blood. Cimex lectularius, the common bedbug, is the best known, as it prefers to feed on human blood.
Bed bugs have been wreaking havoc on communities for centuries. Scientists have even found fossilized bed bugs in Egypt.
What Does A Bed Bug Look Like?
Bed bugs have small, flat, oval-shaped bodies. They are wingless. Adults do have the vestiges of wings called wing pads, but they do not fully develop into functional wings.
Adults are brown in color, although their bodies redden after feeding.
Bed bugs do not fly but they can jump extremely well which is why some people think they can fly.
How Did I Get Bed Bugs?
Bed bugs are not picky. Their main purpose in life is to survive. Unfortunately, their primary source of food is human blood.
They will do anything in their power to find a constant food source. Once they do, they start building their nest and the females start laying 200 – 500 eggs in their lifetime.
The female bedbugs lay between 20 – 50 eggs at a time.
These eggs hatch between 12 – 15 days.
Imagine just 5 females laying eggs in your home.
Just do the math. 5 x 50 = 250 eggs. This is why bed bugs can spread so fast.
Bed Bug Hot Spots
- Laptop Bags
- Linens & Sheets
- Seat Cushions
This is a huge problem but even more disturbing is that these eggs are practically invisible to the naked eye.
What does this mean?
This becomes a problem because there could be eggs on your clothes, suitcases, and purses which means that you could be transferring these eggs to other people without even knowing it.
Most common reasons why you get bed bugs.
A friend or family member may not know they have bed bugs and decide to visit you at your home.
Sometimes they are just too embarrassed to say anything which is sad but inconveniences others.
Bed bugs hitchhike their way to your home using the same means of travel as we do.
Bed Bugs Traffic Alert
- Public Libraries
- Laundry Facilities
- Taxi cabs
- Retail Stores
- Movie Theaters
- Day Cares
- Schools & Colleges
- Places of Worship
- Business Offices
- Thrift Stores & Garage Sales
- Hospitals, Nursing Homes, Doctors Offices
This is not a scare tactic, these are actual places that could have bed bugs.
Remember, all it takes is one person with bed bug eggs on them to visit these places and once the eggs hatch, we got a problem.
Think about this for a second. Why do people go to the doctor?
To get checked out right?
What if people have red welts on their body for no apparent reason?
They go to the doctor and they find out they are allergic to bed bugs. That’s the point we are trying to make.
That is how bed bugs spread so fast….
I May or May Not Have Bed Bugs, Now What?
The key thing here is be Proactive!
Being proactive is the key to preventing a huge infestation of bed bugs.
The first thing you will need to do is inspect your home for bed bugs. Some people call an exterminator but this can be a bit pricey.
Many times the infestation is too much to handle and the homeowner must call an exterminator to get rid of bed bugs.
Here are some estimates and services local exterminators provide to rid your home of bed bugs.
Exterminator Fees, Estimates & Services Provided:
Please keep in mind we are not an exterminator company although we work very closely with these companies. We believe pest professionals are a special asset if you decide you need their expertise. Also, many pest professionals use Bed Bug Bully and we have collaborated build many of our pest procedures to help our clients get rid of bed bugs.
Below are just estimates and vary due to the level of infestation of course. Keep in mind, you will need to prep your home before the pest professional arrives.
Prepping includes cleaning, vacuuming, washing fabric, items, etc.
- Onsite Inspection = $50 – $200 (Some do this for free)
- K9 Home Inspection (Dog inspects your home for bed bugs) = $300 – $600
- Treatment Of Room = $250 – $900 ( Cost Per Room To Kill Bed Bugs)
- Follow Up Treatments = $1000 – $10,000 (Average 3 Follow Up Treatments)
- Full Home Heat Treatments = $850 Per Room – $5000 Whole House
Many people are on a fixed budget and might not be able to afford an exterminator.
Don’t worry, there are other ways to inspect your home for bed bugs and eliminate bed bugs for good.
You just need to know exactly where to inspect for bed bugs.
How To Inspect For Bed Bugs Like A Professional Using These Easy Steps
There are many different places that bed bugs can hide.
They love to hide in dark areas that are close to their food supply. Guess what? We are their primary source of food.
They will nest about 6 feet away from their food source but have been known to travel 20 feet away to find a better source of food.
Now that you have absorbed all this information about bed bugs and how they operate, the only thing left to do is start your inspection.
But where do you start?
Get Ready Because Your Bed Bug Inspection Guide is About to Begin.
Proper inspection for bed bugs may seem overwhelming but done correctly can really help eliminate this critters for good.
In order to complete a thorough bed bug inspection you need to know where to start. Hang in there, we are going to walk you through the process.
Remember that bed bugs love to hide in dark, tight crevices that are close to their host. This should give you a better idea of where they hide.
Bed Bugs Love To Hide In These Areas;
Your Inspection Should Start Here
- Mattress – (How To Inspect Your Mattress)
- Box Springs – (Box Spring Inspection Guide)
- Pillows & Pillowcases
- Sofa & Cushions
- Recliners & Chairs
- Bed Posts & Wooden Frame
- Dresser Drawers
- Base Boards
- Electrical Wall Outlets
- Door Frames
- Window Sills
- Picture Frames
During your inspection you may see some bed bugs but you may also not see anything at all.
This doesn’t mean you are clear of bed bugs, it just means you have to look for typical signs or evidence from bed bugs.
What To Look For During Your Bed Bug Inspection
Let’s start with the mattress and box springs.
First, inspect the mattress seam area. This is the area on the short side of the mattress that looks like a thread that goes around the whole mattress.
Gently pull back the seam look for red spots or dark blackish brown waste. This is the feces of the bed bugs.
If the mattress looks clean in that one spot keep following the seam until you have completed inspected it and have arrived back at your starting point.
Now it’s Time to Inspect Your Box Springs.
Inspect the top part of the box spring area and also the sides for the same type of evidence.
Next, lift up the box springs and gently lay it down on it side. (Be careful because this is the most common places to find the nest.)
While inspecting the box springs you may see a lot of bed bugs in panic mode.
It’s almost like stepping on an ant hill, once the nest is disturbed the bed bugs start to go crazy and move all over the place.
If by chance you don’t see bed bugs then check the wood areas to see if they have turned black or red. This is a sure sign for bedbugs.
Here is a complete overview on how to inspect your mattress for bed bugs.
We have also created an in depth guide on how to inspect your box springs for bed bugs.
How To Inspect Your Pillows & Pillow Cases For Bed Bugs
Bed bugs like to feed around your neck area which would also include your shoulders & back.
Inspecting your pillows and cases will be just like inspecting the mattress. First, inspect the pillow cases for red spots.
Next, pull off the pillow cases and check around the “zipper” area for the same evidence. Complete a thorough inspection of the the rest of the pillow.
How To Inspect Sofas, Recliners & Cushions
Believe it or not these are very common areas where bed bugs love to hide. Not only because these areas are heavily used but they also make for a nice warm place for the bed bugs to build a nest.
If you are concerned if you should throw away your valuables, you should read our guide on “Should I Throw Away My Furniture?“.
Sofas and recliners have both cushions and springs under them which makes them perfect hiding places for bed bugs.
You will need to remove the cushions off first. Check the area around the zipper. Unzip the zipper to see if the inner cushion has black or red stains as well.
Once done with all of the cushions move on to the inside areas of the sofa and recliner.
Push down to open up the cracks and crevices while looking for red spots and dark brown stains.
Once done you will need to check the underside of the sofa or recliner. In order to do this you will need to flip over the sofa or recliner with the bottom end facing up.
If you have lower back issues or are not strong enough to move or flip over the sofa or recliner ask for help. The last thing you want to do is blow out your back and cause more downtime.
Once the sofa or recliner bottom is facing up you will see springs almost like your box spring of your bed.
Look for the same evidence of bed bugs, black and red spots. Also, there might be some adults or juvenile bed bugs trying to hide from you.
Bed Posts & Frames Dressers & Drawers Oh My!
Bed bugs love to climb on top of bed posts and the bed frames. Do a quick once over to see if there are any climbing or moving around.
They usually only crawl around the bed posts and bed frames if they are searching for food in the early mornings or they have been agitated. Always a good thing to check just in case.
Not many people realize that bed bugs love to hang out in dresser drawers where you keep all of your clothing items.
Don’t Forget To Check Your Dresser Drawers
This part of the inspection may take some time because you will have to remove all of the clothes from your dresser drawers to check for the common evidence of bed bugs.
If you have a small flashlight this may help you see easier while you inspect the inner corners and under the drawers.
Don’t forget to check inside the dressers where the drawer sits, that is a perfect hiding spot as well. (Always check the cracks & crevices)
Hiding Spots For Bed Bugs That Most People Don’t Check That Need To Be Inspected
One of the most common mistakes that people make when performing a bed bug inspection is that they forget to check the electrical wall outlets, picture frames, baseboards, door frames and window sills.
These areas are prime areas where bed bugs travel but also lay their eggs on.
Especially the electrical wall outlet and the window sill because of the heat.
You can visually inspect the picture frames, baseboards for bed bugs but the electrical outlets will take one extra step.
You will need to take the cover off of the electrical outlet. This usually has one or two screws holding it in place. Usually need a flat head screwdriver to remove the cover.
You may need a small flashlight again to inspect around the electrical outlet.
Bed Bug Inspection Overview
Inspecting for bed bugs can be an overwhelming task. Did you inspect all the areas which could be a home for bed bugs?
Did you forget to check certain areas? If you still need some more help we have created a bed bug help center that goes into even more detail on how to inspect for bed bugs
- How To Inspect Your Mattress For Bed Bugs
- How To Inspect Your Box Springs
- How To Inspect Your Entire Room For Bed Bugs
- How To Inspect Your Whole House For Bed Bugs
You Found Out You Have Bed Bugs Now How To Get Rid Of Them ASAP?
Needless to say, bed bugs can really test your patience when it comes to eradicating them from your home.
Anyone who has dealt with bed bugs will tell you that finding a product that actually works is half the battle.
Many people have purchased products that promised them the world or promised to solve their bed bug problem.
Only problem is, the products couldn’t back up their claim. So what happened?
People searched and found another product. Used it. Same results.
I’ve Spent All This Money and Nothing Seems to Kill Bed Bugs!
Some products claim they kill bed bugs but don’t work. The bed bugs keep coming back.
This is where Bed Bug Bully comes into play.
Bed Bug Bully is the “Achilles Heel” of bed bugs. It not only kills bed bugs, larvae, and nymphs, it also has a 30 day residual.
This means it will kill bed bugs on contact and repel them for 30 days after the first treatment.
Bed Bug Bully is pesticide exempt and it’s natural oil based formula kills bed bugs and keeps them from coming back in the future.
Why Is Bed Bug Bully Better Than Other Bed Bug Sprays?
- Kills On Contact
- Kills bed bugs, larvae, and nymphs
- Pesticide exempt
- Uses Natural Oil Based Ingredients
- No Harsh Fumes
- Repels Bed Bugs For 30 Days
- 100% Money Back Guarantee
Once Bed Bug Bully is sprayed on the area, the formula will leave a layer of protection on the area keeping bed bugs away from it and also killing them upon contact for up to 30 days.
Remember Our Guarantee:
We are so confident your bed bug infestation will never be an issue again. You will receive a full money back guarantee.
If Bed Bug Bully does not work for any reason, simply let us know by email or phone and we will happily refund your money.
Our primary mission is to help you get rid of this painful bed bug infestation once and for all.
We Love To Hear Some More Questions
We would love to hear some more questions and comments below so that we can keep helping people with their bed bug problems. We are here to help so please leave a question that may have not been answered and we will do our best to provide you with a response to your question A.S.A.P.