Bed Bug Information
Positive identification of bed bugs is important. Misidentification can lead to unsuccessful control efforts.
Evidence of bed bug activity includes live and dead bugs, dark spots on a mattress, box springs or bed frame, blood spots on sheets, and empty tan colored skins that are left behind when bed bugs shed their skins to molt into the next stage.
Bed bugs are very difficult to eliminate, therefore consultation with an experienced pest control professional is highly recommended. Successful control depends on finding every crack or void where the insects are harboring and removal of the bugs by vacuuming or treatment of the harborage with an appropriate product. Overlooking even the smallest crack in furniture may lead to a persistent infestation; therefore, beds, nightstands and related furniture often require disassembly and careful inspection. Carpets may need to be gently lifted along the edge and the space beneath treated. Baseboards, door and window frames, and any visible crack will require treatment in infested rooms. Should furniture be moved from an infested unit to another unit, it should be carefully inspected and cleaned or treated as necessary to prevent the spread of bed bugs to the new room.
Furniture that is to be thrown out needs to be defaced such that it is unusable and/or marked as infested with bed bugs. People should take care when purchasing furniture at garage sales and should carefully inspect all sides for evidence of bed bugs. Picking up furniture that is seemingly in good condition left on the street for trash pick-up is not recommended.