Bed Bug Self Inspection Tips

June 03, 2021

How and where to look for bed bugs in bedrooms and hotel rooms

Given their name, it makes sense that bed bugs are typically found in and around beds including mattresses, box springs, bed frames, head boards, and nearby items such as night stands and dressers. Because bedrooms are a hotspot for bed bug activity, Pine State Pest Solutions, a Maine-based bed bug control company with more than 10 years of experience, has put together the following tips to help you accurately inspect for these bugs in bedrooms and even hotel rooms.

  • Remove the sheets, checking for blood spots. (Dried feces appear as dark spots and stains. Engorged bed bugs leave reddish-brown colored blood smears when crushed.)
  • Using a flashlight, inspect the mattress paying close attention to the seams and inspect inside and under the box spring.
  • Check any head and foot boards as well as anything stored under the bed.
  • Check inside all drawers, crevices, and narrow spaces. Look under electronics, and behind pictures.

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Where else to inspect for bed bugs

It is important to note that bed bug activity is not confined to rooms with beds. So, you’ll want to check the living room, family room, any other rooms where people gather. Places to look include:

  • Lamps, clocks, telephones
  • Flooring, carpets, baseboards and wood trim
  • Curtains and upholstery
  • Wallpaper and picture frames
  • Electrical switches and outlets
  • Sofas, chairs, and other upholstered furniture 

Additional bed bug prevention tips for travelers

If you’re traveling, here are a couple of things to keep in mind. Consider leaving your luggage outside the room or in bath tub while inspecting room and keeping suitcases off the floor and bed during your stay. That way, if you identify a bed bug problem in your lodgings, you know your luggage was spared. Also, as and added precaution, inspect your luggage carefully when packing and when arriving home and always wash clothes in the hottest water the fabrics will allow. We also suggest drying for at least 20 minutes on high heat.

Is it really a big deal if I get bed bugs?

In a word- YES! Bed bugs will not go away unless treated. Without proper remediation (i.e., ignoring the problem or tackling it with DIY bed bug control products), the infestation will continue to grow worse and spread.

If you're waking up to bites on your arms or legs, or have noticed bugs in your bed, contact Pine State Pest Solutions right away! Offering professional bed bug treatments in Portland, Augusta, and Brunswick as well as throughout the state, we are the team to call when you are worried about bed bugs. It might seem embarrassing but bed bugs can happen to anyone at any time, get help quickly to avoid a much larger infestation. 


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