How to spot bedbugs
Signs of a bedbug infestation can include:
small bugs or tiny white eggs in the crevices and joints of your mattress and furniture – use a bright torch to check for these
bites on your skin
tiny black spots on your mattress – this could be their dried poo
mottled bedbug shells – bedbugs shed their skin as they grow
blood spots on your sheets – these can occur if you squash a bug after it has fed
an unpleasant, musty scent in your bedroom
Bedbugs tend to prefer fabric or wood over plastic and metal, and often hide near to where you sleep – for example, under the mattress or along the headboard.
But they can be found away from the bed in other furniture, along the edges of carpets and even behind mirrors or inside smoke alarms.