Determining if you have a bed bug infestation can be a challenge. Bed bugs are very small (about the size of an apple seed), they’re awfully good at hiding and only make an appearance for a brief period. Here are the top ways to tell if your room is infested:

* look for dark blood marks, usually small streaks on sheets

* look for the bugs or their shells where they like to hide… between mattress crevices, seams and handles, inside bed linens, curtains, furniture, behind headboards, picture frames, outlets or screw heads.

 * lay double-sided carpet tape in strips around the perimeter of your room. If you have bed bugs, you’ll likely see one or more of them stuck to the tape after a few days.

 * inspect your arms and legs for close-together bites; often in a row.

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