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Even if you aren't suffering from the red splotchy welts that come from bed bug bites, it's still a good idea to check your mattress every few months. Many people don't react to the bites at all, so you could theoretically live in an infested home for years and never know it. Although you may see bed bugs, you will never physically feel a bed bug bite you because their saliva contains an anesthetizing agent. The biggest sign you have a bed bug problem is small blood stains on your sheets after you wake up in the morning. Bed bugs are drawn to warm areas and carbon dioxide, and they don't like to travel any further than they have to for their next blood meal. If you have a bed bug infestation there is a good chance that they are hiding near the headboard and upper half of the bed. To check for bed bugs you need to first take off all of your sheets pillow cases and inspect all the folds, seams, and elastic bands they could possibly be in. If you take off your sheets and check the seams of the mattress and find little black spots, those are bed bug droppings and you should call an extermination professional right away. Check any area of your mattress and box spring where bed bugs could possibly live: on any seem, stitching fold and the space between the box spring and mattress. Physically lift the mattress up and check the lower seams that are hard to see. Don't just look at the seams, but really examine them for any signs of bed bugs. These pests are tiny and so are the droppings and casings they leave behind, so you need to pay close attention to detail when inspecting for a beg bug infestation. Although bed bugs are mainly found in mattresses (hence the name) they can also easily live in couches and other furniture. If you are getting red splotchy bites and can't find a trace of those pesky pests in your bed, then they could be hiding elsewhere. If you are positive you have bed bugs, but can't find the source you need to call professional exterminators. Dogs throughout the United States have been specially trained to sniff out and locate bed bugs and can pin point the problem almost instantly with near 100% accuracy. A now banned chemical, DDT was the go to insecticide for wiping out bed bugs. This insecticide is no longer legal and bed bugs haven't been a problem until as of recent, so there is a lot of disagreement on how to treat bed bugs both properly and effectively. There are a lot of old wives' tales about how to get rid of bed bugs, but none of them are guaranteed. Your best bet is to call a trusted and professional exterminator to inspect your infestation who can make a well informed treatment strategy for your specific infestation.