How to perform a bed bug inspection


Bed Bugs are in the news, just reading about them is enough to make you feel all itchy / scratchy. Maybe something has been biting you and you want to know if you have bed bugs, and how to find them.


Performing a professional quality bed bug inspection:

The following contains safety information for our technicians, anyone in the hospitality industry, property managers, and their employees.


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Assume that any area you are going to inspect for bed bugs is infested.


The following is how Safeguard technicians prepare to inspect for bed bugs.

Leave unnecessary items, paperwork, coats, and personal items, outside the inspection area. Tuck in loose clothing. If bringing things in, to aid the inspection, such as extra gloves, a detection flashlight, and a flushing agent, place them in a white 5 gallon bucket. White, so you can easily see if anything climbs on it. Wear rubber gloves. Wear white Tyvek foot protectors - again to see any insect activity. Consider treating your bucket and your shoe protectors, with heavy duty insect repellent prior to entering.


The Bed Bug Inspection:

Bed bugs, if present, will usually be within two to three feet of where their preferred food source, people, spend most of their time.

Begin each bed bug inspection in the bedrooms. Carefully examine the bedding before and as it is moved. Are there any blood smears or dark spots on the bedding? Any live bed bugs? Proceed by carefully lifting the bedding away from the sides of the mattress and move it in toward the center of the bed, without bringing it out or up toward you.

In every movement in a potentially infested area, it is important to make sure that items that are potentially infested do not touch the inspector. Keep your body away from furniture and beds. Also work to make sure that nothing is lifted up above you - to keep bed bugs from falling off onto you.

Carefully inspect the edges and folds of the mattress. Inspect both sides. Inspect under any tags or corner protectors.

Inspect all visible areas on the bed frame and headboard - pay special attention to any cracks, crevices, or gaps. If the frame and headboard are light in color, you may see live bugs or dark spots which could be droppings. If the frame is dark use a flashlight and maybe even a flushing agent.

This is your basic cursory bed bug inspection. If no one is complaining about being bitten and no bed bugs have been found, we recommend installing bed bug interceptors under the legs of the bed.


If a more thorough and comprehensive inspection is needed:

If you have not yet noted signs of live bugs, eggs, or droppings, dig deeper. This will require standing the mattress up - outside of any frame and inspecting the underside. Repeat for the foundation (box spring). The box spring is the single biggest area of infestation. With the mattress and box spring removed - take apart and inspect the bed frame.

Move on to any bedside furniture, baseboards near the bed, and anything within two to three feet of the bed they could hide in or behind. Pay special attention to the baseboards behind the bed.

Nothing yet? At this point we will ask the customer, if there is a couch, chair, or other surface where they sit for extended periods - either on the computer, or watching television and check there.


By this point if the customer is aware of being bitten, there should have been some visible sign of activity.

If our inspection is still clear of bed bugs, we will recommend installing a box spring encasement and bed bug interceptors under or beside the legs of your bed frame.

Since a small level of activity can be very hard to pinpoint (one bed bug or just a few) we may recommend treating the bed and all furniture within two to three feet as a precaution.



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