Do I have bed bugs?
What do I do about it?


Think you might have bed bugs?

We’re here to help. Our guide for dealing with a current infestation will help you identify your pest, treat an infestation, and keep your health and sanity intact.

At The Bed Bug Adviser, our independent team of experts has tested every treatment option, read all the research, and interviewed academic experts to get you the best possible advice.

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A few things you should know about bed bugs…

26 %
of people are not able to properly identify a bed bug based on samples submitted

How to tell (for sure) if you have bed bugs…

You might wake up with a suspicious, itchy set of bites; you might have caught a brief glimpse of something retreating into the darkness. Or you think you already know, and you’ve fled your bed and tried not to dream of bugs from your couch or hotel. (Hope you didn’t bring them with you!)

But are the bugs you saw really bed bugs? If you don’t have bites at all, or haven’t seen any bugs long enough to look closely, what evidence might tell you that your gut instinct is right?

It’s easy to mistake bed bugs – or bed bug bites – for a different pest.

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So you do have bed bugs. How do you get rid of them?

One of the reasons we started Bed Bug Advisor: there’s more than a few treatment options for bed bugs, all of which vary quite a bit in efficacy and cost. And that’s just the professional pest control treatments; don’t get us started on the DIY ones.

Check your email for our guide, as it should be there soon. We tested the three most-often used treatment options  – and wrote up our results. Knowing what treatment works best for your particular home and level of infestation is the most efficient way to ensure you win your fight against bed bugs in a cheap and timely manner.

You can learn more about the extermination options and what might be best suited for you here

Bed bugs aren’t microscopic. You can see even the smallest ones with your naked eye, but you generally don’t, because…

Bed bugs hide from human activity. If you’re moving, they’re hiding. If you see one, there are a lot more.

Only a quarter of us even react to bed bug bites. You may not even know if you’ve been bitten.

The easiest way to identify bed bugs is from the signs they leave behind.

Check out our tips for differentiating bed bugs from other bugs here.

Don’t transfer your bed bugs with you.

Bed bugs are talented hitchhikers – in fact, that’s usually how they move around the world, attaching themselves to humans as they move from place to place.

It’s important, while you’re treating an infestation, to ensure you don’t bring them along if you flee to a friend’s spare bed or a hotel room.

Make sure you read our travel guide if you’ve had bed bugs and need to get away – and bring one of our TravelGuard Bite Barriers with you, just in case.

Bed bugs can affect your mental health.

We’ve talked to a lot of bed bug victims. One long term effect they didn’t expect was something a lot like PTSD – a persistent fear that stays with them for months after the infestation was cleared up, trouble sleeping, and a constant anxiety.

It’s very common to feel like you’re getting phantom bites, or to have more trouble getting to sleep. Several victims we talked to felt like they needed to burn everything they owned (you don’t, but we understand the impulse) and you can end up feeling disoriented, unsafe, and paranoid.

Know your bed bug life cycle and rate of growth.

Before you set out to get rid of your bed bug guests, know that just because you don’t see them doesn’t mean they’ve gone away. Bed bugs can live anywhere between 12 and 16 months without a meal – these little vampires don’t need to eat your blood every day, and they’re so good at hiding it can be hard for even experts to spot them. And even worse, if they get access to regular meals they double in size every 10 days. 2 bugs can grow to over a thousand in just 100 days! Once you’ve seen definitive signs of bed bugs moving in, it’s time to find a treatment option.

You’re not alone.

Bed bugs don’t carry disease, but they are very good at getting to your mind. They love to hide in your bed, your safe space. Let me tell you, nothing is worse for a good night’s sleep than knowing there’s bed bugs about.

But that doesn’t mean it’s yours to handle alone. Bed bugs are notorious pests but you don’t have to let them take over your life. The bed bug adviser is here to help you get your life back to normalcy.

Let’s recap…

Don’t assume you have bed bugs. Make sure you know how to identify a bed bug – even if you don’t have bites and haven’t actually seen any bugs, you may still have them if you can spot the telltale signs.

Bed bugs are tough, resourceful parasites. They can live 12-16 months – and they’re experts at avoiding you and your attempts to eradicate them. Call a professional – but read our treatment guide which was emailed to you first.

Be careful if you’re traveling. Bed bugs are talented hitchhikers. If you’re going to a hotel, or a friend’s guest room, you can bring them with you without even realizing it. (We recommend bringing our TravelGuard Bite Barrier, just in case.)

Bed bugs often affect your mental health. Don’t underestimate your own health needs; take a few steps to protect yourself with our health recommendations.

We founded the Bed Bug Adviser to give bed bug victims with the best, most up-to-date information. If there’s a question we haven’t answered in this guide, please let us know below.

Until then, we hope this helps you sleep tight tonight.

If you own and rent out an Airbnb or any vacation rental property, protecting your space is even more important. Check out our short term rental guide to protecting your investment Short Term Rental Protection Guide

Already been exposed to bed bugs?

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“It would be weird for you not to be freaked out! If you have bed bugs, and if you don’t care, that’s not a normal reaction. You should be worried. I would consider it a normal reaction to a stressor.”

-Stéphane Perron, University of Montreal


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