the bed and stand the components on end: Things to look for are the bugs themselves and the light-brown, molted skins of
the nymphs. Dark spots of dried bed bug excrement are often present along
mattress seams or wherever the bugs have resided. Oftentimes, the gauze fabric
underlying the box spring must be removed to gain access for inspection and
possible treatment. Cracks and crevices of bed frames should be examined,
especially if the frame is wood (bed bugs have an affinity for wood and fabric
more so than metal or plastic).Successful treatment of mattresses and box
springs is difficult and infested components may ultimately need to be
discarded.Bed bugs also hide among items stored underneath beds.
nightstands and dressers: Examine
them inside and out, then tip them over to inspect the woodwork underneath.
Oftentimes, the bugs will be hiding in cracks, corners and recesses.
upholstered chairs and sofas: Pay
close attention to the seams, tufts, skirts and crevices beneath cushions.
Sofas can be major bed bug hotspots when used for sleeping.
other common places: These include
along and under the edge of wall-to-wall carpeting (especially behind beds and
furniture), cracks in wood molding and ceiling-wall junctures. Bed bugs tend to
congregate in certain areas, but it is common to find an individual or some eggs
scattered here and there.
flashlight: Inspectors sometimes also
inject a pyrethrum-based "flushing agent" into crevices to help
reveal where bugs may be hiding.