Bed Bug Detection and Elimination


Bed bugs    K-9s    Tips/Solutions   

They’re small, brownish-reddish in color, and crawl usually on beds…bed bugs!  What exactly are they?  Bed bugs are small apple seed sized parasitic insects.  Although they can go months without eating, they feed on human blood  Bed bugs reside in places such as offices, department stores, hotels, and most commonly people’s beds!  These insects activities are usually limited to during human sleeping hours, but sometimes can be spotted in the light.  They generally bite while their hosts’ are sleeping and leave itchy red welts.  Some people are not allergic to the bites so they don’t develop any obvious breakouts, making it even harder to detect.  Fortunately, bed bugs are not known to carry infectious diseases.

Bedbugs have hiding places that are commonly found in:

  • Mattress seams and box springs
  • Behind headboards
  • In and around nightstands
  • Cracks and crevasses

If you think there is a good chance you have a bed bug problem on your hands, it’s best to handle the infestation before it gets any worse.  American Pest offers a variety of options aiding to detect and terminate bed bugs.  Two of the most effective options in the industry include K-9 detection and thermal remediation, more commonly known as heat treatment.

K-9 detection is the use of trained dogs that are able to detect the location of bed bugs.  This detection process is very fast and efficient when it comes to the length of required time and the ability to discover the bugs in very early stages of life.  

Heat treatment is when extreme heat temperatures are used to eliminate bed bug infestations.  Mobile heating units project heat at temperatures that kill the bed bugs at all stages of their life cycle.  This method is safe both to your home and the environment.  To learn more about heat treatment for bed bugs check out Bed Bug Heat Treatments.

As a closing tip, those of us who regularly travel, be sure to launder and dry clothes with high heat.  Avoid placing luggage on your bed and in general, regularly clean, inspect, and vacuum the rooms in your home just to be proactive for your safety! Bed bugs are not concerned with how clean or dirty a space is, they could be found anywhere with a food source.


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