Examining for Bed Bug Infestation

May 1, 2014 by Doug Moore


If you suspect that someone in your home has been bitten by bed bugs, thoroughly examine crevices in walls, mattresses, and furniture. You will need to perform your inspection at night when bed bugs are active. Look for these signs:

  • Dark specks. Typically found along mattress seams, these specks are bedbug excrement.
  • Empty exoskeletons. Bed bugs molt five times before becoming adults. These empty skins are light brown.
  • Bloody smears. You may find small smears of blood on the sheets where you accidentally crushed an engorged bed bug.

Since bed bugs can disperse throughout a building, it will be necessary to inspect adjoining rooms as well.

It may be a good idea to enlist the services of a canine bed bug scent detection service.  A canine will be able to determine where the infestation is and to what extent your home has been infested.

Treatment of Individuals Bitten by Bed Bugs

Generally, the redness and itch associated with bed bug bites usually goes away on its own within a week or two. However, treatments to speed the recovery might include:

  • A skin cream containing hydrocortisone
  • An oral antihistamine, such as diphenhydramine (Benadryl)
  • If a skin infection develops from scratching bed bug bites, a doctor may prescribe an antibiotic.

For more information about bed bugs, heat treatment, and canine bed bug scent detection, click here.

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