1. You found a few live ones.
- In the very beginning of the infestation, bed bugs will be hard to find. Live bed bugs are especially hard to find, unless you have a pretty serious infestation. Bed bugs are mostly nocturnal.
Also, 90% of the infestation will be either on your bed or directly adjacent to your bed. Often, they are found between the carpeting and the baseboard, window sill cracks and any furniture adjacent to the bed.
Best tip: GET A SAMPLE of a bed bug that’s dead or alive. Save it in a Ziploc bag and that will help the inspector diagnose the issue and how far along the problem is.
Like a doctor, an inspector will look at the symptoms of your situation to diagnose it and come up with a good treatment plan.
2. You found shed skins.
- Bed bugs go through various life stages during their lifespan. In order for them to pass from one life stage to the next, bed bugs will shed their exoskeleton. That, inadvertently, helps us to diagnose the problem.
3. You found bloodstains.
- You found little red blotches on your sheets, pillow and some clothing. These stains are from a bedbug biological process. DON’T WASH THE SHEETS. These stains are another way to help the inspector piece together the extent of an infestation. So put the sheets aside and save them.
4. Fecal spots.
- Fecal spots look different from the blood stains. Fecal spots look like a dab of ink and are usually on the mattress seams where bed bugs are hiding. Furthermore, fecal spots can also be found in crevices of furniture.
Documenting the signs of bed bugs will help the inspector to properly and thoroughly identify a bed big infestation and its scope.