You Found ONE Bed Bug — Now What?

The mere sight of a bed bug traversing across a mattress or climbing on a bed frame can send people into a tizzy.

And can you blame them? The stigmas attached to bed bugs are enough to make people throw out perfectly good furniture, discard clothes by the bagful and spend thousands of dollars on a variety of treatment regimens. The bottom line is no one wants bed bugs.

THE SOURCE? No matter the type of account or number of bed bugs found, the curious bed bug inspector needs to determine the likelihood if the bed bug was simply “dropped off” or if there is a more significant infestation of breeding adult bed bugs lurking nearby.

If a small number of bed bugs are found in a single-family home inspectors and technicians stand a better chance of locating the source of the infestation because potential “hot spot” areas (i.e., where people rest for extended periods of time) are clearer and the method of introduction was likely a piece of luggage or furniture, a sleeping bag or article of clothing.

When small numbers of bed bugs are found in an account but no mega infestation is discovered, pest management professionals can recommend a preventive treatment program to clients. Preventive treatment programs include monitors/interceptors, mattress encasements, and self-help steps including reducing clutter, and frequent laundering of clothes and bedding.

Key Takeaways

• Take a deep breath — a small number of bed bugs in an account is not always a sign that a large infestation is present.
• Some commercial accounts — schools, public transportation, office buildings – are more prone to “transient” bed bug sightings.
• A comprehensive inspection of the account must be done to determine if a larger infestation is present and what treatment options are required.
• A pest management professional’s response to finding a small number of bed bugs should be measured and focus on solutions that are appropriate and reflect the level of the problem.

You Found One Bed Bug in Litchfield Park, – Now What?

 

 

PMPs need to communicate to customers that a small number of bed bugs in an account does not always mean a large infestation is present. The mere sight of a bed bug traversing across a mattress or climbing on a bed frame can send people into a tizzy. And […]

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