What Is a Small Black Bug in My Mattress?

If you see a small, black bug in your mattress similar in size and shape to a pepper seed, you most likely have bedbugs.

Identification

What Is a Small Black Bug in My Mattress?What Is a Small Black Bug in My Mattress?
Although there are other types of bugs that could exist in the mattress, bedbugs like to hang around in the crevices of mattresses but are otherwise not seen during the day.

If the bug is flat and looks like a green pepper seed, it is probably a bedbug. Other black bugs that may be located in the mattress include ants, which have legs and three sections, and fleas, which jump when they are being pursued.

Considerations

Both fleas and bedbugs leave waste that looks like dirt in the crevices of mattresses. Ants do not leave any determinable waste.

Symptoms

Bedbugs often leave trails of itchy welts in a straight line on the skin, especially on the arms and legs. Fleas leave random patterns of bites on the body that resemble small mosquito bites.

Treatments

Fleas can be treated by vacuuming the bed area thoroughly, then treating the mattress with a spray that contains an insect growth regulator. Ants can be vacuumed, then ant traps can be placed around the bed. Bedbugs can be removed by hiring an exterminator to thoroughly spray the area.

Warning

If you are being bitten by bugs in your bed, do not start sleeping on the couch or at a friend's house. Because you are the food source, the bugs will follow you.