In recent years the cases of bed bug infestations has risen exponentially. Prevention and early detection are key elements in bed bug treatment. Bed bugs are cryptic and mobile pests, making it difficult to detect with the human eye. It is almost impossible for a human to find a bed bug nymph or egg because bed bugs in these stages are minuscule and translucent. The early detection of bed bugs is critical, however, to treating them successfully. Due to the newest technology, detection and treatment is easier than in years past.
Detecting bed bugs with the human eye is very difficult. It is like looking for a needle in a haystack, especially in the early stages. Early detection is crucial, however, to eradicating these pesky insects. Today, we are fortunate to have many tools and methods to help in the early detection, saving you time, money, and the embarrassment of a full blown infestation. Bed bugs multiply rapidly, so you need to act fast. Fortunately, Unique Pest Solutions provides everything you need to accurately detect bed bugs in their early stages. Let us help you get identify and get rid of bed bugs fast!
Visual inspection Overview
While visual inspection is time consuming and not very reliable, you do need to be familiar with their appearance and signs they may leave behind.
- Nits: 1mm sticky pearly white eggs (nearly invisible to the human eye)
- Nymphs (Immature Adults): Translucent, or can be red if they have recently fed, size varies from 1.5mm up to 5mm, upon maturity
- Adults: Flat, wingless with a reddish-brown, oval body approximately 5mm long & 1.5mm wide
- Nymph skins: Light-brown, oval eggshell
- Crushed bugs: Bright red stains on surfaces
- Bug feces: Dark-brown spots and smears on surfaces
Locating the bugs can be difficult - not only due to their small size and nocturnal behavior, but because of where they are capable of hiding. Bed bug “hideouts” are not limited to the mattress and box spring. They are also found in flooring, walls, furniture, drapery, electrical outlets, ceiling and wall fixtures, and even electronics. This makes other detection tools and methods essential in properly locating and treating all bed bug infestations. Read about Methods of Detection