How To Find Bed Bugs During The Day In 3 Easy Ways

In this guide, you’ll find out how to find bed bugs during the day, guaranteed.

You’ll also learn where do bed bugs hide during the day. And the methods you need to use to find them.

But before we get into it, let’s find out the bed bugs’ activities during the day.

Knowing bed bugs’ daytime activities will equip you better when you begin your search for bed bugs during the day.

Keep reading.

Are Bed Bugs Visible During The Day

Bed bugs are tiny. But they aren’t so little that you’ll easily ignore them during the day.

Adult full-grown bed bugs’ actual size is from 3/16th of an inch to 1/4th of an inch. 

That makes bed bugs easily visible during the day if you know what they look like and where to look for them.

Bed bugs are flat oval-shaped reddish-brown bugs. They look pretty similar to swallow bugs, but there are differences between bed bugs and swallow bugs.

It’s the baby bed bugs that are hard to spot. It’s because they’re translucent and microscopic. 

Baby bed bugs perhaps bite more than adult bed bugs. Without blood meals, baby bed bugs won’t grow and will die.

Do Bed Bugs Come Out In The Daytime

Bed bugs are nocturnal pests. They feed during the night when their human hosts are stationary. 

So, it’s during the nighttime that bed bugs are most active.

If the bed bugs are well fed, they’ll hide in the hiding places that you’ll find out later in the post.

But if there were no human hosts around for extended periods, bed bugs would come out in the daytime looking for blood meals.

So, if you’ve been getting bed bug bites during your sleep at night, then it’s unlikely that bed bugs will come out in the daytime.

You’ve to go looking for bed bugs in the places where bed bugs hide during the day.

Do Bed Bugs Bite During The Day

Desperate and hungry bed bugs who didn’t have their blood meals for months will bite during the day. 

Bed bug bites during the day are pretty common in bed bug infested new homes and apartments lying idle for months.

If the homeowner didn’t do any bed bug treatment, the new tenants could get severe bed bugs bites hours after moving in. 

When they’ll sit on the couch, mattress, and on any other soft furnishings, bed bugs will take their chances on them to get their blood meals.

Do Bed Bugs Know When You’re Sleeping

It’s a myth that bed bugs know when you’re sleeping. There’s a misconception that bed bugs will bite you only when you’re asleep.

But that’s not the case.

Bed bugs can’t figure out if you’re awake or asleep.

They’ll bite you when you’re stationary on the place where they’ve infested.

That’s why hungry bed bugs will bite you even during the day if you’re sitting on a mattress or couch infested with bed bugs.

Do Bed Bugs Bite Every Night

No, they don’t. Bed bugs don’t bite or have their blood meals every night.

If they had the blood they needed, bed bugs would bite you once every two weeks.

After a satiating blood meal, bed bugs will remain hidden till they’re hungry again.

That’s also one of the reasons that you experience bed bugs but don’t see any signs of bed bugs, or physical sightings of bed bugs, for an extended period.

But the biting become regular when the bed bug infestation becomes severe.

So, if the bed bug infestation is at early stages, you won’t get bed bug bites every day.

Where Do Bed Bugs Hide During The Day

Now that you know the truths about bed bugs during the day, it’s now to get into the hiding places of bed bugs in the daytime.

You look for bed bugs in the wrong places, and you’ll end up with nothing but frustration. 

Finding bed bugs during the day can be challenging. But there’s one piece of information that’ll make it easy for you.

And that is that bed bugs are within eight feet from the place where they bite.

So, if you’re getting bed bug bites on your bed, then all the bed bugs are hiding at a distance within eight feet from your bed.

That makes anything, starting from your headboard to your bedroom dresser, possible hiding places for bed bugs.

With this critical insight, you need to look at places within eight feet of your bed or couch. 

So, here are the eleven typical hiding places of bed bugs during the daytime – 

  1. Dresser drawers
  2. On the edges and covers of electrical outlets
  3. Soft upholstered furniture like accent chairs and couches
  4. Carpets and rugs 
  5. Tiny gaps and cracks on furniture
  6. Headboards and footboards
  7. Mattress and box springs
  8. Pillows
  9. Bed frame
  10. Behind photo frames and wall décor
  11. Cracks and fissures on the wooden floor

But even in these places, it can be hard to spot bed bugs. 

It’s because they’ll hide in the tiny gaps, crevices, and folds on these places that’ll make it hard to spot them.

Also, given the color of the bed bugs, they can easily camouflage with the furniture’s and fabric’s color.

How To Find Bed Bugs During The Day In Three Steps

It’s time to dig bed bugs out of hiding during the day. 

But before you do it, you need to be sure that there are bed bugs in your home.

Instead of bed bugs, there can be other tiny microscopic bugs in your home that are biting you.

To ensure that, you need to look out for signs of bed bugs infestation in your home.

There are five significant signs of bed bug infestation

  1. Bloodstains on your bed sheet and pillow covers
  2. Tiny blackish-red dots on your bed sheet and the fabric of any soft furnishings
  3. Bed bug shells
  4. Bed bug eggs and baby bed bugs
  5. Bite marks on your body

Bloodstains on your bed sheet and pillow covers are from the bed bugs that get squash by your body weight. 

The blackish-red dots are bed bugs’ fecal marks. Bed bugs do defecate on the bed.

Because they have blood meals, the feces are liquid that turns into small dots on the fabric.

For growing, bed bugs need to molt. Molting is when bed bugs will get rid of their old skin and develop a new one.

Molted bed bug skin
Molted Bed Bug Skin

Baby bed bugs or nymphs will often molt after their blood meals. 

Bed bugs stop molting when they turn into adult full-grown bed bugs.

Bed bug infestation is such that it’s pretty hard to spot. Despite getting bed bug bites, you can’t see adult bed bugs around.

In that case, you’d need to look out for baby bed bugs and bed bug eggs.

As mentioned earlier, baby bed bugs, or nymphs, are translucent tiny white bugs.

But if they had a blood meal, they’d be pretty sluggish and hang around on the bed. These nymphs that had their blood meals will appear as a tiny moving dot.

Bed bugs are easy to miss too. They’re tiny white grains on the infested place, which you can assume as a speck of dust.

So, when you’re looking for bed bugs during the day, you need to have these 11 signs of bed bug infestation around the place where you’re getting the bites.

Now, when you’re sure that there are bed bugs in your home after you’ve confirmed the signs of infestation, it’s to find bed bugs during the day.

Here’s how to find bed bugs during the day in 3 steps

  1. Brighten up your room where you’re looking for bed bugs.
  2. Take a magnifying glass, your credit card, and a headlamp.
  3. Closely inspect the hiding place where bed bugs hide.

Let us explain.

You must brighten up the room as much as you can. It’ll make it easy for you to spot the bed bugs.

And more light can make the bed bugs lazy, especially when they had their blood meals.

So, open up any curtains and drapes on the windows that are obstructing the natural light.

Now take a magnifying glass, a credit card, and wear a headlamp if you can.

A magnifying glass will help you see the hiding bed bugs, eggs, and nymphs in the tiny gaps.

The headlamp will be a helpful accessory to focus the light on these tiny cracks and fissures.

You’ll find out why we’ve recommended a credit card in a minute, but keep in mind that it’s a magic tool when it comes to finding bed bugs during the day.

Now, zero in on the places where bed bugs hide. 

Use your magnifying glass to see through the cracks and gaps on hard surfaces like furniture, floors, and bed frames.

In these cracks, insert your credit card. And slowly pull the card out of these gaps. 

If bed bugs are hiding in these gaps and cracks, you’ll notice them sticking on the card.

You’ll also notice tiny white specks of dust and nymphs on the card.

On soft furnishings like mattresses and couches, inspect the seams or the edges. 

Bed bugs hide in these folds. 

But ensure that you remove any covers like pillow covers, couch covers, bedsheets, and mattress covers from these soft furnishings.

Inspect underneath the bed and couch too. Don’t overlook any tiny gaps, folds, and edges of these soft furnishings.

A home infested with bed bugs will indeed have hiding bed bugs in these places. 

How To Know For Sure There Are Hidden Bed Bugs In Your Home

Pest controllers use the method you’re about to find out to confirm if all the bed bugs are dead after the treatment.

But you can do it too. 

And that’s using bed bug interceptors around your bed.

Suppose you didn’t find bed bugs during the day, but you’re still getting bed bug bites. 

In that case, bed bug interceptors will make confirm if there are any bed bugs or not.

Trapped bed bug in a bed bug interceptor
Trapped bed bug in a bed bug interceptor

All you need to do is keep the interceptors near your bed.

Keep one interceptor underneath each foot of your bed.

The bed bug interceptors will trap any bed bug that will try to crawl near you to bite.

The surface of the interceptor has a bit of stickiness that stops the bed bugs from climbing onto your bed.

In other words, the interceptor traps the bed bugs.

Keep the interceptors near your bed for two-three nights at a stretch.

If there are bed bugs, then you’ll definitely find bed bugs trapped in your bed.

If there are no bed bugs in the interceptor, other bugs in your bed are biting you.

Then one of the most potential biting bugs in your bed can be fleas, especially when you’ve got a pet in your home.

How To Kill The Hidden Bed Bugs?

Can Bed Bugs Come Back After A Year

One of the instant bed bug killers is rubbing alcohol.

Spray rubbing alcohol, also known as Isopropyl Alcohol, on the places where bed bugs hide. Rubbing alcohol will kill the bed bugs on contact. 

But using alcohol on a mattress can leave stains and an alcohol smell on it.

To kill bed bugs on soft furnishings like mattresses, couches, accent chairs, use a steam cleaner. 

Steam cleaners produce 410°F of heat.

Using a steam cleaner on soft furnishings like mattress and couch is a sure shot way to kill bed bugs, their eggs and nymphs.

Bed bugs cannot withstand heat as much as they can withstand cold.

We don’t recommend using bug bombs to kill minor bugs like bed bugs and fleas. 

Because bug bombs have a limited reach, they don’t have residual toxicity, and bug bombs don’t penetrate the tiny gaps where bed bugs hide. 

So, bug bombs are ineffective, and can be dangerous too.

Bed bugs are challenging pests to kill.

And most of the time, you’d need a professional bed bug exterminator to get rid of them. 

And it can be an expensive process if the infestation levels are severe. 

But we’ve got a fantastic guide for you on how to get rid of bed bugs on a tight budget

It has a gold mine of information on what you can do to get rid of bed bugs inside your home, at a price that is one-fifth of what you’ll spend on a professional treatment. 

Conclusion

Bed bugs are nocturnal pests, but you can find them during the day too.

In this guide, you’ve found out the where bed bugs hide during the day. And how to find bed bugs during the day like a pro.

You’ve also learned about bed bug’s behavior during the day that makes it easy for you to track them.

To know more on how to stop bed bugs from biting you, read our post on what can you put on your body to prevent bed bug bites.