Worried about the listening in device hidden in your home? If you have a doubt that you have been bugged there are some ways to find out the hidden microphones and cameras without hiring a professional. Do not forget that a sweep that is done on a regular basis is effective, irrespective of whether or not you detect any bugs in your house during the last sweep. Read more here to get the correct insight and information.

Use Your Ears And Eyes

These listening devices and cameras come in a variety of sizes and shapes, so start by examining carefully the surroundings. When you sweep your house for finding these listening devices, check if there is anything new or something is out of place. Examine every furniture with a Flashlight, the edges and below. Also check each decorative object, pillow and picture frame in your house. Once you find anything out of the way, get into the details. Walk around your house to check for any discolouration of paint or small patches on ceilings or walls as well as some amount of white dust on sills or baseboards. Then test all the door locks, for their function. There are also a number of items that you need to unscrew when sweeping your home for the listening in devices like –

Wall sockets and electric switch plates, wall and ceiling light fittings, lamps, smoke detectors, ceiling tiles or clocks. Next, you have to listen. Wait till your home is vacant and there is minimum traffic noise outside then switch off all the electrical appliances from the refrigerator to the computer. Listen. Take a walk into each room and stand there for a while. If you hear any buzzing sound then track them.

Listening Devices Need Power

All the bugs require a supply of power and batteries do not last for long. Any hidden listening devices are using a reliable and steady power source, so trace all the USB cords and wires in your house. Next check your router, examine all connected devices and flag anything that is unfamiliar. As the eavesdropper must have connected the bug to a separate source. Check for new hot spots or Wi-Fi networks with a strong signal near your house. Don’t forget that eavesdroppers may plant bugs in your existing devices using your own microphone for recording. Examine carefully your cell phone and the computer for such bugs.

Use Different Listening Device Detectors

After your initial inspection, you can buy scanners for detecting bugs in your home. But be warned that many bugs are equipped with technology to defeat scanners, so you need to purchase several in order to do a thorough check. Turn off all the wireless devices, even your routers and smartphones. Then carefully and slowly move the bug detector around your home. Anything that is broadcasting a radio signal will be detected. 

Depending on a bug detector, you will see a visual graph of the activity or hear a sound that gets louder as you get closer to the device. A non-linear Junction detector may help you locate semiconductor electronics. Carefully check what the detectors find because items such as a nail in a wall can create a false effect. If you want to detect hidden microphones and cameras then buy a radio frequency scanner to find microwave transmission setups and laser beams. Search for cameras planted in your home use an infrared scanner and visible and IR light emitters. You can use a Flashlight to find out the gleam of a camera lens reflecting light back.


Nowadays even your phone can detect hidden microphones and cameras. Popular apps have spy hidden camera detectors for iOS and for Android phones – Glint Finder. You can also use your smartphone’s flashlight to scan your home as you would do with a regular flashlight.