How to find bugging devices in your house or car

microphone image by Salem Alforaih from

It's an eerie prospect to think that our house or car may be bugged by a private detective, a stalker or maybe even our own government. And with the advent of smaller bugging devices available, it's not out of the question that you could be bugged and not even know it. But you can usually tell if you have a bugging device based on how other electronic devices behave in your home or car. You also have successful options in getting the bugging devices found and removed.

Listen carefully to your cell phone or other electronic items that use a receiver. If you start getting strange buzzing or other reception problems when using them in your car or home, the area where you use them may have a hidden bugging device.

Check under furniture or other nooks and crannies in your home or car near the area where you're getting the reception problems. You might be able to scope out tiny bugging devices merely using this method.

Purchase a professional bug detector (see Resources 1 and 2) that gives you a more thorough search of your home or car. These use scanners to scope out all bugging devices, including hidden cameras, telephone transmitters and GPS tracking devices.

Hire a professional business specialising in bug device inspection (see Resource 3). These businesses have employees trained in finding the minutest bugging device.

Call the FBI and have them intervene if you think your bugging is a serious issue of national or international importance. Those who work with top secret government information may apply in this situation.

Most recent