It’s important to remember that bed bugs can be found anywhere, from the homes of the rich and famous to well-established hotels.

Follow our step by step guide and discover how you can check for bed bugs!

Prepare before you check

  1. Move all clothing out of the way. If you’re in a hotel room, ensure your luggage and belongings are off the floor and away from the walls and furniture. We suggest placing all items into a clean bathtub.
  2. You will need a torch and a credit card before you begin your check.

How to check for bed bugs

  1. Start examining your bed linen by removing all bedding
  2. Run your torch over the bed sheet to look for any evidence of excrement or blood stains. However, there may not be any signs if the bedding has just been changed
  3. Examine the surface of the mattress using the torch, once again looking for excrement and bloodstains, as well as for bed bugs skins that may have been shed and eggs
  4. Take a credit card to run along the mattress seam, whilst holding it open to investigate with your torch. Look out for live bed bugs, skins or excrement
  5. Use the same process on buttons, traps and tags on the mattress
  6. Watch out for bed bugs whilst you flip your mattress and check all around the bed frame as you do so. It is recommended that this is done by two people to avoid strain or injury
  7. Move the bed away from the wall and use the torch to look for fleeing bugs, or stains of excrement or signs of blood spots
  8. Bed bugs may also be hiding in the crevices between pieces of wood or in the holes of screws, so ensure you thoroughly examine the underside of the bed frame.

Check other furniture

  1. Using the torch and credit card, examine all upholstered furniture as carefully as you did the mattress
  2. Check other areas of where people sleep, including cots and pillows
  3. Inspect tables and drawers thoroughly, by turning them over on to a white sheet so that any bed bugs are visible, as well as running a credit card through the crevices and seams
  4. Shake out any clothes stored in wardrobes and drawers, as well as examining the seams of heavy clothing and under collars. Take a torch to inspect the walls of the wardrobe
  5. All items including TVs, lamps and toys should be checked, as well as pet beds.

Check around your house

  1. Work outward from the bed in the first room and continue checking the rest of the house
  2. Check under picture frame, mirrors and loose wallpaper, as well as in the folds of curtains
  3. Move all furniture and appliances away from the wall and check both behind and under them, as well as under rugs and around the edges of carpets

Now you know how to check for bed bugs, here’s how to get rid of them and what products really work!

For more information and advice about bed bugs and other sleep issues, visit the SlumberSlumber sleep clinic.

9 things you never knew about bed bugs

Bed bugs are biting back, infesting households across the UK. In this article, we uncover the things you never knew about bed bugs.9 Facts about Bed BugsAn adult bed bug can survive for up to a year without a mealIf you want to prevent the spread of bed bugs make sure...

The difference between bed bugs and mites

What are the differences between bed bugs and mites? Bed bugs and dust mites are organisms found in the home that can cause skin irritation and allergies but there are many differences between bed bugs and mites. Bed bugs are often confused for dust mites and the...

Signs that you have bed bugs

Bed bugs have the ability to feed on you without waking you. This is because they inject a numbing agent into your body which prevents you from feeling their bite. Symptoms of bed bug bites vary from person to person. As a result, not everyone will react from a bed...

How do you kill bed bugs?

If you’ve spotted the tell-tale signs of bed bugs, here’s our advice on how to eliminate bed bugs. Getting rid of bed bugs usually requires chemical treatments. Treating your bed and bedroom with insecticides can be harmful, so it is important to use products that can...

How to check for bed bugs

It’s important to remember that bed bugs can be found anywhere, from the homes of the rich and famous to well-established hotels.Follow our step by step guide and discover how you can check for bed bugs!Prepare before you checkMove all clothing out of the way. If...

Bed bug products that actually work

Bed bugs are not known to transfer dangerous diseases between humans, however, their presence in the home and the itchy, red spots often left from their bites can be hugely irritating and distressing. Therefore if you have bed bugs it’s best to contact a professional...

What are bed bug bites and how to prevent them?

What are bed bugs? Cimex lectularius, the common bed bug is a small blood-sucking insect that can live in cracks and crevices in and around your bed. Bed bugs are brown, flat, oval-shaped insects that crawl out at night to bite your exposed skin and feed on your...

Pin It on Pinterest

Share This