Specializing in K9 Detection of Bedbugs

Bed Bugs 

Bed bugs, bed-bugs, or bedbugs are parasitic insects of the cimicid family that feed exclusively on blood. Cimex lectularius, the common bed bug, is the best known, as it prefers to feed on human blood.

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Bedbugs are very small, flat, oval in shape, and brownish in color. They survive by feeding on the blood of humans and animals. An adult bedbug is about the size of an apple seed, the babies (nymphs) are so tiny that detecting them with the naked eye is very difficult.  Once an adult bedbug feeds they expand and turn reddish brown in color. 

Adult female bedbugs will lay hundreds of egg over a lifetime.  Those eggs are the size of a spec of dust and near impossible for humans to detect. Once a nymph is born they will go through five lifestages on their way to adulthood, shedding their skin or outer shell each time.  The nymph need to feed before each shedding occurs.  In good conditions a nymph will reach adult hood in as little as a month and can reproduce three generations in a year.

Bedbugs do not hop or fly, they travel very quickly by crawling over and under everything from floorboards, carpet, beds, outlets, headboards, and anything with a texture for them to attach to.  Bedbugs hide/live anywhere dark and prefer your mattresses, box springs, headboards, couches, books, clocks, side tables, and anywhere they have easy access to feed on human blood in the night.  They tend to hide in groups and as they infest they move into all areas of the home, travel to adjacent apartments, and throughout hotel rooms.

How do bedbugs come to live with us?

Bedbugs travel through luggage, clothing, used furniture, car/rv rentals, pillows, etc.  Their bodies are flat prior to eating which makes it very easy for them to enter through spaces as thin as a credit card.  Many think of bedbugs as being a bug that thrives in dirty locations, this is not at all the case.  Bedbugs are just as likely to be found in the most immaculate of homes and hotels as they are to be found in the dirtiest of spaces.  

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How do I know if I am living with bedbugs?

The first sign may be that of feeling itchy and showing signs of bites.  The bites will appear as a small red welt.  If this is the case, did you recently purchase a used mattress or furniture, just returned from a vacation, stay at a friends or hotel?  If you feel this may be the case the best thing to do is call a reputable company to do a search.  You can do a search yourself, but if you do not find bedbugs and continue to see bites, it's best to call in a professional.  Bedbugs are very hard to detect not only due to their small size but also due to how very quick they are and where they are able to hide.  

At this time it is understood that bedbugs do not transmit disease, but this can change at any time.