Bedbugs

How do I detect a bedbug infestation in my home?

You can look to see if you can identify the fecal stains, egg cases, and shed skins (exuviae) in crevices and cracks on or near beds. You should also look at other areas such as under wallpaper, behind picture frames, in couches and other furniture, in bedsprings and under mattresses, and even in articles of clothing. While fecal stains and skin casts suggest that bedbugs have been present, these do not confirm that the infestation is still active. Observing the bedbugs themselves is definitive confirmation that an area is infested. You may require professional assistance from a pest-control company in determining whether your home contains bedbugs.

Reviewed on 6/6/2014

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