If you suspect that you have bed bugs, you will need to take the mattress out of your bedroom and inspect it for bugs. You can check for small white spots and eggs on your mattress and upholstered furniture. You can also use a flashlight to look behind headboards and cushions, and peel back stapled fabric.
Despite their name, bed bugs are not known for transmitting diseases. The bites from these bugs are very itchy and irritating. The bites are usually on your head, neck, and armpits. They can also leave fecal stains on your mattress.
Bed bugs may also leave stains on your walls and furniture. These are the remains of their fecal matter, which they secrete after feeding on human blood. When you find these stains, you can either remove them with water or dispose of them. In some cases, the insects may shed their skin and leave a tan stain behind.
Another way to detect bed bugs is to look for empty shells. While adult bed bugs can be difficult to detect, their shells can give you an idea of the size of the infestation. Infestations of bed bugs can take a few weeks to a month before you can find visible signs.
Identifying the source of a bed bug infestation is the first step to solving it. The infestation can start with a piece of new furniture, so inspect it closely and look for signs of infestation.