the cdc recommends using heat if you have signs of bed bugs

Bed bugs are drawn to the CO2 that you exhale so they are often found in the following areas:

  • Under the mattress piping near the head of the bed
  • Under the box spring near the head of the bed
  • Behind the headboard
  • Under the nightstand or furniture next to the bed
  • In furniture crevices such as sofas
  • Laundry rooms where bed linens are washed
  • Baseboards
  • ​In the screw holes of wood frame beds​

signs of bed bugs

what to do if you have bed bugs

locating bed bugs

"Bed bug infestations often are treated with insecticides, but insecticide resistance is a problem, and excessive use of insecticides or improper application can increase the potential for illness in humans."  "To prevent future illness from bed bug-related insecticides, NIOSH recommends educating the public about effective bed bug management including:  non-chemical methods to control bed bugs such as heating infested rooms to 118°F (48°C) for 1 hour or cooling rooms to 3°F (-16°C) for 1 hour by professional applicators..."


about bed bugs

  • Red or rusty stains on sheets and pillow cases
  • Black small raised spots (bed bug waste) on sheets, near mattress piping, under the box spring or behind the head board
  • Clusters of 5-15 eggs (size=1mm) on the bed frame, headboard, or mattress
  • Bed bug shells shed by maturing juvenile bed bugs
  • Live bed bugs (full grown bed bugs are about the size of an apple seed and often cluster and move slowly or not at all if undisturbed)
  • Bed bugs are nocturnal so you will not see them during the daylight hours unless they are disturbed or there is a significant bed bug infestation

If you have signs of bed bugs, resist the urge to use bed bug sprays, bed bug bombs, or bed bug pesticides as this causes the bed bugs to disperse, making it more difficult to eradicate the bed bug infestation:

  • Disrupt them as little as possible so they do not spread
  • Leave your bed made and intact
  • Wash clothes and dry on high heat then bag all clothes
  • Never use outdoor pesticides inside your home as this can be extremely dangerous
  • Call a professional​