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April 15, 2023

Many of us have likely heard of the horror stories associated with property infestations of bed bugs. Not only can they cause pain and discomfort, but they can be very difficult to detect, and even more difficult to eliminate if not spotted early on. This means that when it comes to your home or business, prevention is key. 

In this article, we are going to dive deeper and explore the benefits of bed bug detection services, how they work, and how they can best be used to eradicate bed bugs quickly and efficiently. So, if you’ve been dealing with a possible infestation, read on to learn more!

What is a Bed Bug Detection Service?

A bed bug detection service is an organization or business that provides specialized services to help identify and eliminate a bed bug infestation. There are two main types of inspection-based service providers: those who visually inspect for signs of a bed bug infestation, and those that use chemical or heat treatments to kill any existing pests. 

The visual inspections are typically conducted using bed bug sniffing dogs, which help determine the presence of living bed bugs as well as their eggs and shed skins. The chemical and heat treatments are designed to eradicate any existing bed bugs, but may not be effective against new infestations since the treatment does not prevent the bugs from reproducing.

By having a professional inspect your home, you may gain peace of mind knowing that a possible infestation has been identified early enough for preventative measures or complete extermination, if necessary. 

Benefits of Having a Professional Bed Bug Detection

Having a professional inspect for bed bugs is an important step in finding and eliminating pests. One of the primary benefits of bringing in a professional inspector to detect bed bugs is that they are knowledgeable about identifying bed bug infestations. They know what signs to look for, where to check for evidence of these creatures, and how to eliminate them if they are discovered. Professional inspectors can also provide advice on preventing future infestations, as well as offer guidance on treatment options.

Professional Inspectors With Certification

It is vital to enlist the help of professional bed bug inspectors when attempting to detect and eliminate an infestation. While it is possible to perform a bed bug inspection without a professional, they have training and experience that makes them better equipped to handle such a task. Professional bed bug inspectors typically have certification or accreditation from either pest control companies or by local government entities.

Certification can provide several benefits such as ensuring the job has been performed correctly and meeting health and safety regulations. Additionally, it demonstrates that the inspector has knowledge of best practices and the resources necessary to tackle an infestation. Certified professionals typically have access to advanced detection equipment not available to most homeowners, giving them more accurate results while eliminating noise interference that may lead to false positives from ordinary devices.

A key factor of professional inspection services is the accuracy in identifying infestations through proper identification of both adult bed bugs and eggs. The next section will discuss how professional bed bug technicians use bedbug sniffing dogs to accurately identify infestations so that proper eradication can begin.

Accurately Identify Infestations

When it comes to bed bug detection, the accuracy of the infestation’s identification is critical. Without accurately identifying the infestation, there is a risk of risking inadequate treatment and a potential re-infestation.

Perhaps most importantly, it is key to understand that not all bites are from bed bugs. Bites can also be caused by mosquitoes and other insects, and other things such as mild allergic reactions and skin irritations. To differentiate a bed bug infestation from another source, you must collect evidence of an actual bed bug or its excrement.

Fortunately, bed bugs are also quite distinctive in their physical appearance. While they vary in color depending on how recently they have fed, they generally appear flat and oval-shaped before feeding and plump after feeding. A visual inspection of common hiding spots such as crevices in mattresses and furniture can help identify whether or not an infestation is present.

It is essential to accurately identify and confirm an infestation because of the difficulty required for complete eradication. Bed bugs often hide deep in cracks and crevices which typically require specialized equipment for complete access. Therefore, having an accurate identification allows for more effective treatment techniques to eliminate all stages of the pest life cycle – from eggs to adults.

  • According to a survey by the National Pest Management Association, 99.6% of pest management professionals surveyed said they had treated a bed bug infestation in the past 12 months.
  • A 2016 survey from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) found that 27.7% of people reported an increase in bed bug infestations in their homes in the previous 5 years.
  • The same survey from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) also reported that approximately 26% of those living in multi-unit housing such as apartments or condos had encountered a bed bug infestation in the previous 5 years.

What to Expect During a Home Inspection

When seeking professional bed bug detection services, getting a home inspection is essential. A comprehensive home inspection involves inspectors thoroughly examining mattresses, upholstered furniture, and other potential hiding spots for bed bugs. Before the process begins, it’s important to have an understanding of what to expect during a home inspection.

During the inspection, bed bug sniffing dogs will be utilized to detect the presence of bed bugs in your home. Dogs are able to understand commands quickly and easily identify odors that typically cannot be seen by the human eye. These specially trained K-9 units can accurately detect even the lowest population of living or dead bed bugs if present. Although the use of K-9 units has proven effective, some argue that canine inspections may be too invasive and expensive.

The inspector will conduct a detailed visual assessment of areas that could possibly harbor bed bugs such as the mattress and box spring, underside of carpets and rugs, baseboards, furniture seams, electrical outlets, head and footboards, furniture crevices, walls, wall hangings and cracks in plaster or wood.

Bed bug infestations can be frustrating and difficult to eliminate on your own. Knowing what to expect during a home inspection can help you better prepare for a positive result from professional bed bug detection services. 

Conclusion About Bed Bug Detection Service

Bed bug detection services can be a valuable asset in helping to identify, control, and eventually eliminate the presence of bed bugs within the home or business environments. Once an infestation has been identified, steps should be taken to address the issue as quickly and efficiently as possible. 

Our services use specialized equipment like K-9 sniffers and UV detectors to locate and pinpoint breeding grounds as well as nesting areas. They are also trained on the best ways to use inspections, physical samples, chemical treatments, heat treatments, encasement systems, and other methods of eradication that are effective at eliminating bed bugs without causing harm to humans or pets. Reach out to us for more information or to book an appointment today!


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