Bed Bugs: Tenant Education Tips & Advice

Presented by Orkin and The National Apartment Association (NAA)

Source: Bed Bugs: Don’t Let Them Bite Our Community

What do bed bugs look like?

  • Reddish-brown in color
  • Flat
  • Oval-shaped
  • 3/16-inch long
  • About the size of an apple seed

What should I look for?

They often leave behind tiny, rust-colored stains that have a syrup-like smell, similar to soda pop. Look for these telltale stains:

  • On mattress tags and seams
  • On ceilings
  • Under seat cushions
  • Behind headboards
  • In tiny cracks and crevices
  • Around light switches

Where should I look?

Bed bugs like to settle close to their food source – you. During the day, they don’t live in the bed, but often hide within a five-foot radius of the bed:

  • Under mattresses
  • Under bed frames
  • Near baseboards
  • Behind picture frames
  • In night stands
  • Under buckling wallpaper or carpet
  • Areas with excessive heat or moisture

How can I help reduce the chance of bed bugs?

  • Clear clutter, which makes bed bugs harder to find or treat.
  • If you receive second-hand furniture, make sure you’re not getting bed bugs along with it by inspecting for the aforementioned signs.
  • Do not bring discarded furniture into your residence – there’s a reason it was left by, or in, the dumpster.
  • Inspect your luggage after traveling, and for an extra precaution, dry your clothes on high heat.
  • Inspect your residence regularly – especially after move-in or trips.

What should I do if I think I have an infestation?

  • Notify your property manager immediately.