The short answer is “Yes” to can you see bed bugs. The long answer is “Yes, but you have to know where to look and what to look for!” Actually seeing bed bugs can be a difficult task because they are very small and hide in places that keep them from being readily seen. You will probably be able to see signs of infestation before you really see the pests themselves. Things to look for are clusters of dark spots that are bed bug excrement and dark red smears that indicate a crushed bed bug. You may also see discarded skins due to the molting process.
Where to look…
- Beds, of course, and box springs, headboards and any other furniture within a few feet of the bed.
- In and around wall outlets.
- Floor, window and door molding.
- Where carpet or tile meets walls or other floor coverings.
- Cracks and crevices anywhere people spend most of their time, including chairs and sofas.
What to look for…
- Bed bugs have a reddish-brown color and are shaped kind of like a seed and flat. They typically are 2 – 5mm long, about the size of a pumpkin seed.
- Nocturnal by nature, bed bugs are likely to be found after dark, their preferred feeding time because that’s when food, your blood, is most readily available. It’s good to use a flashlight and check mattress piping and other suspect areas with the lights off.
- Again, you will very often see signs such as exoskeletons in the areas where you sleep and dark stains.
- Bed bugs bites are usually raised, red welts and most often appear on areas of skin that are typically uncovered when sleeping.
- Bed bugs come out to feed about every 7 – 10 days, so you will have to be patient and diligent when trying to spot them.
For an expert consultation on if you have bed bugs or not, call Bugs Are Gone Exterminating to have a professional bed bug exterminator visit your home to provide an in depth analysis of your situation.