How to Detect Bed Bugs
Bed bugs can infest almost any area, especially once they become established in a home or business. This includes suitcases, shoes, mattresses, box springs, upholstered chairs, drawers, headboards, carpets, closets, wall hangings and more. The key to making elimination of bed bugs simpler and lower cost is early detection. How can you detect bed bugs before they take over your life?
Weekly inspection in areas most likely to harbor bed bugs can help. You can look for the following signs of bed bugs on tufts and seams of mattresses; joints, gaps and holes in bed frames and headboards; along seams on upholstered furniture such as couches and chairs; and along baseboards near beds and areas where people sit or lay for long periods of time.
What are the signs of bed bugs? Seeing actual bugs is an obvious sign. Other signs include fecal spotting on furniture that looks like someone took a rollerball pen and let it bleed into wood or fabric. There may also be light tan-colored skins from when bed bugs are developing, or small white oval-shaped eggs about a millimeter long. Bites can indicate bed bugs, but can also be misleading since other things can cause similar itchy bites and welts.
What Bed Bugs Look Like
Varment Guard offers a free bed bug inspection to determine if you have bed bugs in your home. One of our bed bug removal experts will complete a thorough visual bed bug inspection to identify any evidence of infestation. If you have found any specimens, save them so that they can be positively identified.
Bed Bug Dog Inspection (About 4 Paws K-9 Detection, LLC)
Varment Guard also works with the Four Paws K-9 Detection team to offer inspection by bed bug-sniffing dogs. Like Varment Guard, Four Paws is a locally owned and operated business in Columbus, Ohio. Their goal is to assist clients in detecting bed bug infestations with minimal intrusion and financial burden. Their canine team can quickly inspect large and complex areas to pinpoint area(s) of infestation. They have been certified and trained extensively by the J&K Canine Academy and certified by the National Entomology Scent Detection Canine Association.
- Their certified canine team will perform a thorough inspection of any areas that are suspected and will detect any live bed bugs and live bed bug eggs with over 97% accuracy.
- If the odor of live bed bugs or their eggs is detected, Varment Guard or ProGuard will be able to offer you a service solution.
- All findings are recorded and you will be given a detailed and confidential report for your records.
Additional information about K-9 Detection can be found here: www.FourPawsK9Detection.com