Before you set off down the bedbug extermination warpath, you do want to make sure first that you have the right man (or insect, in this case). Those itchy red bumps you’re getting at night really could equally well be the handiwork of other pests – ones like fleas, for instance. Unless you already know your bedbugs well enough to be able to identify them by their bite, you really do need to brush up.
Bedbugs often slough off their skin. If you see light brown bedbug-shaped skin casings about the size of apple seeds from time to time, that’s a tell tale sign that you have bedbugs in your bed.
Additionally, if you see little bloodstains in the strangest places, these might be from squashed bedbugs. You’ll mostly located these easily if you use white bed sheets or pillowcases.
You could use a flashlight and magnifying glass combination, and look for them at night. Hopefully, your neighbors won’t be looking outside their window at your house and think you have burglars in your home!
You could look everywhere around your box springs or your headboard, and in any cracks and crevices in the floor, around the bed. They also love to hide out in quiet places – such as behind pictures on the wall next to beds. If there are any drawers near your bed, they could be inside there as well.