The bugs can go as long as a year without a meal, so they are not easily eradicated once they find a home in your home. They like to hide in warm, dark areas, which is why they are called bedbugs. They can also find hiding places in furniture and other areas.
You are itching like crazy. You swear you are being bitten by bugs and you can't find any. You can't sleep. Searching wildly for bugs under the sheets, you are fearful of bed bugs and yet you find nothing. You wash your sheets in the hottest water possible and feel better for a bit but then the incessant itching returns.
That doesn't mean you don't have bed bugs, but I would agree with those suggesting you find concrete evidence before treating. Another thing to remember is that you can actually have a delay from hours to days (as long as 9 days, we're told) before bite marks and itching appear (if they do: we're told as many as 50% of people have no
If you've ever had a bed bug infestation, you are aware that bed bugs are very easy to see. They can be seen climbing on bed frames, congregating on mattresses, hiding out in nightstands and other furniture, moving around in the space between your carpets and your baseboards, and more.
Bed bugs are small, but if you watch for a few minutes and you do have them you should see them moving around. Look for rust-colored or reddish stains on your bed sheets or mattress. These can occur when bed bugs get crushed while you are sleeping.
Bites on the skin are a poor indicator of a bed bug infestation. Bed bug bites can look like bites from other insects (such as mosquitoes or chiggers), rashes (such as eczema or fungal infections), or even hives. Some people do not react to bed bug bites at all. On this page: Looking for signs of bed bugs.