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Signs of a bed bug infestation usually start with bite marks appearing on the face, neck, arms, hands and other body parts. Additional signs of bed bugs may include the exoskeletons of bed bugs after molting, bed bugs in the fold of mattresses and sheets, a sweet musty odor, and rusty-colored blood spots from their blood-filled fecal material that is often excreted on the mattress or nearby furniture.

If a bed bug infestation is suspected, several methods of detection can be used to determine the presence of bed bugs:
  • Visually inspecting the primary hiding places of bed bugs.
  • Using a bed bug certified mattress and box spring encasement for early detection.
  • Catching bed bugs in specialty traps and interception devices.
  • Hiring bed bug canine scent detection dogs handled by a pest management professional.
  • Using a professional bed bug active monitoring device.

Bed bugs are an “equal opportunity infester”.  They do not discriminate between properties based upon location, type, or quality. Due simply to their nature, logistics, and other factors, every lodging location and multi-family property is subject to bed bug infestation.


Low level infestations can remain undetected. 
Failure to physically see a bed bug does not mean they are not present.

If a bed bug infestation is found, a professional pest management company should be contacted for proper control measures.  Control practices against these secretive pests must be detailed and extensive.  Most of the bed bugs will be located around areas where people rest, but a percentage of bugs will move away from these sites to “hide” in more remote areas.  If people do not address these “remote bugs”, an infestation will continue.  Along with professional pest management controls, a bed bug certified mattress encasement will help protect you from bed bug attacks.

Portions of content provided by:
Entomologist Paul J. Bello, PJB Pest Management Consulting, LLC. - Author of "The Bed Bug Combat Manual"