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How To Properly Inspect For Bed Bugs


Bed bugs. We’ve heard so much about them in the past few years! They were a serious problem before the 1950s but then they disappeared for several decades, only to reemerge in the last ten years or so and cause some serious stress for home and business owners.  What’s worrisome about these pests is that they travel very easily by attaching to clothes, personal belongings and even people which means they can be found almost any place where humans are.  They can also go unnoticed for long periods of time, until the infestation grows out of control. Do YOU have bed bugs? Would you know where to look for these bugs? Bed bug inspection is a difficult task, because these blood sucking pests are quite tiny (about the size of an apple seed) and they are also nocturnal, only venturing out of hiding while you are asleep.  If you think you may have bed bugs, but haven’t seen any of these pests, Rottler would like to offer you tips for bed bug inspection so that you will know where to look to find these elusive pests. 

Bed Bug Inspection Tips 

  1. Look in areas you may not expect. Yes, bed bugs will be near where you sleep, so check areas around beds and box springs, but also examine your art work on the walls, areas inside electronic devices (alarm clock!) and behind outlets. Check along carpet edges, inside bedside tables and even in the bindings of books.
  2. Look for signs of bed bugs, not just the bugs themselves. They leave a few telltale signs behind, including brownish/black fecal spots, shed bed bug skins and even bed bug egg shells. In larger infestations, they also give off a musty odor.
  3. Use a flashlight.  This can help you see better in the hard to reach areas where bed bugs are likely to hide.
  4. Employ the use of a magnifying glass. Since bed bugs are so small, they can be easy to overlook with the naked eye.  Their eggs are even tinier than they are and a magnifying glass can help assist you in locating both the bugs and their eggs.
  5. Clean up the clutter. Chances are that if you have a lot of clutter around, these bugs have found lots of good hiding places. You may even find the bugs while you’re cleaning up the clutter.
  6. Bring in the big dogs. Literally, bed bug inspecting dogs in St. Louis can do a better job searching out bed bugs than humans could ever do because they can smell them, even the ones hiding inside your walls.

If you’ve had little red bites on your skin upon waking or just have a sneaking suspicion you may have these pests, the best thing you can do is contact the bed bug control experts at Rottler in Missouri.  Our technicians know exactly what to look for when it comes to bed bugs and can help you verify an infestation, if one is present.  Rottler’s K-9 Bed Bug Inspections are an extremely effective form of bed bug detection, sniffing out bed bugs in just 3 to 5 minutes in a small room in what would take a human inspector between 20 minutes to an hour.  For more information on our K-9 bed bug inspections and bed bug heat treatments in St. Louis and Mid-Missouri, contact us today!

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