These days it’s one of the most common questions I’m asked when I am giving a presentation to an audience; “How do I know if I have Bed Bugs?” Here’s what I look for when performing an inspection or before staying in a hotel bed.
#1 Live Bed Bugs
A live nymph or adult Bed Bug is “smoking gun” evidence that there is a problem. Adult Bed Bugs are small but visible with the naked eye. The one pictured here has the common red/amber hue, but they can also appear milky to clear especially when in the nymph stage.
#2 Blood Droppings
Bed Bugs will leave small black “dots” of blood droppings in the areas where they spend time. Look for these around mattress seems, night stands and headboards. The presence of blood droppings indicates, at the very least, a history of Bed Bug activity in or around the bed in question.
#3 Cast Skins
As a Bed Bug grows from nymph to adult it sheds its exoskeleton several times. These cast skins are often left behind in areas that the insect frequents. Finding cast skins indicates that Bed Bugs have been present and developing in the area for some time.
#4 Bed Bug Eggs
These are much harder to locate because of there small size and clear to milky white color. They will often be clustered in seems and areas that Bed Bugs are resting in between feedings. This is the worst of all to find since it indicates active breeding in the area.