Bed bug bites often look like little red bumps – similar to mosquito bites. They often occur in lines across the skin. Some people will develop an allergic reaction to bed bug bites, in which case the bites will become larger and more swollen. Consult your doctor if you believe that you may be having an allergic reaction to bites.
If you believe that bed bugs may be in your home, check your mattress, box spring, and the area around your bed. Look closely near the head of the bed in corners, creases, seams and folds. You may find bed bugs, discarded bed bug exoskeletons, eggs, or egg casings. You may also see black spots or streaks where bed bugs have defecated. Other favorite bed bug hiding places include the bed frame, under the bed, in chairs, couches, dressers, night stands, and other furniture near the bed, curtains, the edge of carpeting, behind baseboards or other trim work, behind electrical plates or loose wallpaper, and in appliances such as clocks or televisions.
First, verify that you have bed bugs. Consult with your health department, county MSU Extension office, or a licensed pest control operator. Once you have verified the presence of bed bugs, you can take the following steps:
When traveling, do the following:
If at all possible, avoid bringing home used mattresses. Used furniture or electronics should be checked thoroughly for any sign of bed bugs before bringing it into the home. Immediately wash any used clothing that is brought into the home.