One of the first things you should do if you suspect bedbug infestation is to inspect your bedding. Bedbugs hide in the folds of your mattress and box spring. If you notice any tiny, red or black spots on your bed linen, you might have bedbugs in your bed. You can also check your mattress and box spring for bedbugs by lifting the sheets at night and using a flashlight to look for bites and blood spots on the sheets. If you see any of these signs, you should call a professional to inspect your home.
Once you notice bedbugs in your bed and linens, it’s time to begin a pest control treatment. You can either treat the bedbugs yourself, or hire a pest control professional to do the work for you. Many pest control companies will ask you to move your furniture to another location, but this is not always necessary. In order to kill the bugs, you need to get rid of their eggs and larvae before contacting a pest control specialist.
You may not notice any symptoms for a few days, but the bites will show up on your skin if they are living in your bed. However, a bite from a bedbug can be hard to distinguish from the bites of other insects. To get an accurate diagnosis, you’ll need to collect a few specimens to test for bedbugs.