How to Search For Bedbug & Moth Bites on the Body

Updated November 21, 2016

Insects account for three out of four living species on planet Earth. Bedbugs and moths are mischievous creatures and are present in countless locations. While moths do not bite, bedbugs are notorious for hiding in the tiniest places and crevices in sheets, clothes and other fabric. Searching for bedbug bites on the body is a straightforward proposition, and skin is easily examined following a few simple steps.

Look over every area of your skin. Pay close attention to areas of skin -- forearms, biceps, legs, feet, face -- commonly exposed during sleep or while you are outside. Identify parts of skin that are itchy or swollen. Take off your shirt and/or trousers and examine hard-to-see areas in a full-length mirror.

Inspect abnormal welts or bumps on the skin. Scrutinise any abnormal spots from as small as a pinhead to as large as a fingernail. Check all spots for a red colour. Notice any skin rashes surrounding the bumps. Press on the area around the bump to see if there is any pain. Use a flashlight and/or magnifying glass for closer inspection.

Examine your clothes for evidence of bedbugs. Look for bedbug excrement in the form of miniature black dots. Examine sleeves, zippers, button casings and collars for tiny, round brown shells when searching for discarded bedbug remnants. Detecting areas of clothes with evidence of the insect miscellany helps ensure the accurate determination of which insect caused a bite mark.


Consult a physician right away if you experience an allergic reaction to an insect bite.

Things You'll Need

  • Mirror
  • Magnifying glass
  • Flashlight
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Jeffery Keilholtz began writing in 2002. He has worked professionally in the humanities and social sciences and is an expert in dramatic arts and professional politics. Keilholtz is published in publications such as Raw Story and Z-Magazine, and also pens political commentary under a pseudonym, Maryann Mann. He holds a dual Associate of Arts in psychology and sociology from Frederick Community College.