There are many types of insects that can easily be mistaken for bed bugs. Identifying a pest correctly before doing any kind of treatment is critical! Bed bugs have different preferences and behaviors from other common insects, like cockroaches, and will require a different treatment approach.
If you think that you have a bed bug problem in your home, you should contact a pest control professional as soon as possible!
If you find bugs, capture them in a plastic bag or container without crushing them. If possible, avoid placing them on tape because this can make it difficult to see the features of the insect. Save the bugs and show to a pest control professional for identification.
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