What are the Signs of Bed Bugs

  • Live Bed Bugs (Adults & Nymphs)
  • Cast Skins
  • Eggs
  • Fecal Smears

Bed Bugs are excellent hitchhikers and can be brought in on luggage, shoes and clothing. They can be picked up from pretty much anywhere that people congregate. Anywhere people gather to sit or stay for a period always has the potential to have bed bugs.

For   example, bed bugs could be present on Planes, Trains, busses, cabs, Ubers, Hotels, Motels, Restaurants and Movie Theatres to just name a few. Bed bugs do not discriminate.

Having someone knowledgeable that knows the biology and habits of bed bugs is necessary. Pest Control Professionals know what to look for by knowing the signs of bed bugs and where to look for them.

Bed bugs are visible to the naked eye from adult all the way down to the bed bug egg. You can see them. Many people still think that bed bugs cannot be seen and that is simply not true, bed bugs are visible to the naked eye.

Just knowing what to look for, the signs of bed bugs that are there, such as the fecal smears that bed bugs leave behind which are blood stains. Bed bugs feed on blood, they digest blood and they excrete that digested blood, leaving behind those fecal smears. They may also leave behind bright blood smears from being smashed by the host while the host is sleeping.

Bed Bugs go through incomplete metamorphosis, also referred to as simple metamorphosis. A pregnant female can lay 200 to 250 eggs in her lifetime, these eggs are another sign of bed bugs that your pest control professional will look for. Once the eggs hatch in 6-10 days the nymphs will immediately seek out a host to feed on. During the nymph stage they go through 5 instars, (meaning they will molt, shedding their outer exoskeleton to grow) before reaching adult stage.  The exoskeletons that are left behind is another sign of bed bugs that the pest control professional will look for.

Bed Bugs have found themselves front and center, to be #1 of the top #5 pests we consider to be the worst to deal with in the pest control industry. Not because it’s a bug, as small as it is, it’s because bed bugs are a big pest issue that if left uncontrolled can carry a large cost to treat.

Early Detection is Key! If you or anyone you know, suspect or know they have bed bugs, please do not wait, reach out to us here at Truckee Meadows Pest Control 775-332-0604 TMPestControl.com we service both Commercial and Residential properties in Reno, Sparks, Carson City, Incline Village, Minden, Gardnerville, Fallon and Fernley.

Ant Invasion – The Pavement Ant

A Pavement Ant colony can take over a swath of your driveway or kitchen counter, proving that some small things can make a large impact:

Not surprising but certainly true, the Pavement ants earned their name because they nest in cracks in driveways and under sidewalks.

You will notice piling of the dirt they have excavated in a mound on the top of the pavement. They will also nest under rocks and in stacks of wood.

Though Pavement ants are typically associated for a fondness of sweets, they will consume a wide variety of food. Besides sweets like sugar, honey and nectar, they will consume grease, dead insects, bread, meats and cheese. Small seeds are also collected and stored in the nest. If a few scouts find food resources inside a structure, they will infest the area, it’s like an invasion. They forage in trails for distances of up to 30 feet and are known to climb masonry walls that enter occupied areas. Pavement ants are the most common ant found indoors, their small size and great population can make it difficult to control and infestations are best treated by a Pest Control Professional.

For preventative measures eliminate any standing water, keep the tree branches and other plants in your yard trimmed away from structure, sometimes pavement ants use these branches to get into your interior. Make sure that there are no cracks or little openings around your house/building sealing them if possible. Ensure that firewood and building materials are not stored next to your home/building because pavement ants like to build nests in stacks of wood. Indoors, always clean up spills and crumbs on counter tops and kitchen floors as soon as possible during warmer months.

If you have an ant issue or any concerns regarding ants, please call us here at Truckee Meadows Pest Control


Bed Bugs 101 – Early Detection is Key

Early Detection:

The detection of bed bugs can be very challenging and bed bugs can easily go undetected during an inspection particularly during the early stages of an infestation when only a few bugs or eggs are present. There are specifically designed devices that have been developed for the specific monitoring and/or detection of bed bugs.

Bed bugs are quickly spreading through our area!!! Call us if you are having concerns, we here at Truckee Meadows Pest Control care about you and our community. For a limited time while supplies last, we will place FREE bed bug monitors in your home. Early detection is 🔑. Call before this small pest becomes a BIG cost! 775-332-0604


Six Facts About Bed Bugs

All of us PMP’s are following the latest news about these true bugs. Bed bugs have our utmost attention, they have become one of our biggest challenges regarding controlling them.

We know that one out of five Americans has had a bed bug infestation in their home or knows someone who has encountered bed bugs at home or in a hotel. Some may think they know all there is to know about this pest: They feed on humans while they sleep, they may cause itchy, red bumps and they are hard to get rid of. But there are some interesting things about bed bugs that some might be surprised to learn.

#1: Bed bugs are hard to find. As a survival instinct, bed bugs are elusive. They will stay out of view during the daytime, hiding in cracks and crevices like mattress crevices, box springs, baseboards, behind electrical switch plates, in picture frames, books, electronic devices and even behind wallpaper. But at nighttime, the carbon dioxide we exhale often tempts them out of their hiding spots. But bed bugs are smart and if you sleep during the day, they will come out of hiding to feed.

#2: Bed bugs are long lived.

Bed bugs can live for several months without a blood meal. They can linger in furniture, bags and suitcases for a long period of time until they are near a human host again. Also, bed bugs can survive temperatures of nearly freezing to 122 degrees. Because of this, bed bugs are not a pest that can be treated with DIY measures. Professional pest control is the most effective way to treat an infestation.

#3: Bed bugs do not discriminate as to where they live.

Bed bugs are found in single-family homes, apartments, hospitals, college dorm rooms, office buildings, schools, buses, trains, movie theaters, retail stores, laundry facilities and just about anywhere that humans are.

#4: Bed bugs do not just live in the cities.

Bed bugs are found in all 50 states. Bed bugs are more common in urban areas than in rural areas due to factors such as larger population size, apartment living and increased mobility, which are conducive to the rapid spread of bed bugs. But make no mistake, they are also in rural areas.

#5: Bed bugs are methodical.

Bed bugs have a predictable feeding pattern. Once a bed bug finds a host, it will usually feed for 5 to 10 minutes until repletion. After feeding, bed bugs move to secluded places and hide for 5-10 days. During this time, they do not feed but instead digest their meal, mate and lay eggs. Bed bugs can lay one to five eggs in a day and more than 500 in a lifetime.

#6: You won’t feel a bed bug bite you.

People often wonder why a biting bed bug doesn’t wake up its human host when it feeds. The answer is that components in bed bug saliva act as an anesthetic and promote increased blood flow at the bite site, making the feeding process quick and nearly painless.

If you or anyone you know have a bed bug infestation or suspect you have bed bugs, please contact us here at Truckee Meadows Pest Control 775-332-0604. We are licensed and trained on the unique habits of bed bugs. We will inspect your home and recommend an effective course of treatment.