BED BUG DETECTION & CONTROL
Step 1: Detection
- Visual Inspection by Trained Technician
- Trained K-9 Detection
Adults are small, brownish insects, just under a 1/4” long and are relatively flat. They are nearly as wide as they are long, and oval in shape. Immature bed bugs (nymphs) resemble the adults, but are much smaller and lighter in color. Newly hatched nymphs are translucent and are no bigger than a pinhead (1 mm). After feeding on a blood meal the immature bed bugs may appear bright red in color. Bed bugs lack wings and therefore they do not fly, but they are capable of moving swiftly on both horizontal and vertical surfaces. The eggs are very small (approximately 1mm), whitish, and very difficult to see on most surfaces without magnification (individual eggs are about the size of a dust speck).
Step 2: Treatment
All bed bug infestations are not the same, so there is no one solution that will fix them all. This makes the decision of whether to use heat or conventional treatments a confusing one. Depending on infestation and clutter levels; sometimes it is best to use heat, sometimes it is best to use conventional treatments, and there are even times when both are needed. There are a few things to consider when you are looking to eradicate these pests. Heat treatments and conventional treatments have their advantages and disadvantages, your Truckee Meadows Pest Control bed bug specialist will guide you through the options and help you find the best fit for your needs.