Identifying the problem: Do I have bed bugs? Or something else?
Bed bugs can be difficult to detect!
First, if you haven’t yet, read this FAQ: What are bed bugs? Do I have them? What else can cause these symptoms? How can I detect if I have bedbugs?
(Remember that bed bug bites look different on different people. There are photos of bed bug bites here. They also look like lots of other conditions. You need to rule out other possibilities per the FAQ above.)
Then look at photos of bedbugs and signs of bedbugs.
Then look at photos of creatures commonly mistaken for bedbugs. See also these photos of cast skins from bedbugs, compared with cast skins from dermestid beetles, carpet beetles, and German Cockroaches.
This FAQ gives a rundown of the latest detection possibilities including canine scent detection, bed bug monitors, and Bed Bug Blue fecal spot detection tests. And consider using the tips in this FAQ, which describes possible ways you might catch a bed bug for identification.
Use the DIY trap idea in our flea FAQ to rule out fleas.
Read about Bed Bug Blue Fecal Stain Detection kits.
Read about Bed Bug Beacon Active Bed Bug Monitors.
Read About ClimbUp (TM) Insect Interceptors.