Identification of Bed Bugs Toronto – Is this a Bed Bug?

Is this a bed bug.  Is this a bedbug?

Identification of bed bugs is never easy in the same way that getting rid of them is not. Low levels of infestation show little signs that even challenge expert and professional inspectors. Fortunately, there are some advances in technology that may help. One of the exciting things in bed bug technology nowadays is DNA testing where you can determine whether bedbugs has been inhabiting in the room through swabbing areas of the room for their DNA.

Another effective means of bed bug detection and identification in the bedbug control industry is training canines to sniff out live bed bugs and viable eggs. Nimby Wildlife, Pest Control and Environmental Solutions will utilize bed bug detection dogs where necessary in order to find bed bugs in building and residential locations in Toronto.

Bedbugs are becoming an increasingly serious problem not only for businesses but even for homeowners in Toronto Ontario. When it comes to detecting a bed bug infestation, you don’t need to solely rely on professionals. Proactive detection is possible by knowing bed bug characteristics, feeding habits, biology and even physical appearance.

Whether your house or business facility is infected, there are some key points that you need to take note of in order to identify bedbugs. Bed bugs are small, wingless insects that feed on human blood. Adult bed bugs are reddish brown in color and usually at least ¼ inch in length while first stage immature bugs are light colored or translucent. Eggs will appear as pearly white and only 1mm in length. Appearance is the first thing to look for to know if you have bed bugs in the area. Immature bugs have five stages of development to go through before they grow larger and darker. Their color changes from white when they’re still eggs then to translucent until it becomes reddish brown as an adult. The shape is pretty much the same, relatively oval and flat. Majority of them is just as big as a small apple seed.

Check for the most common places where bed bugs usually thrive such as mattresses, beddings, curtains, carpets, furniture, dark crevices and corners, luggage and any harborages within the room. Since bed bugs are nocturnal, they will only come out at night to feed themselves and hide most of the day. Bed bugs may not have wings but they crawl rapidly travelling both vertical and horizontal directions.

The most definite evidence if you have a bed bug infestation is the presence of itching bites. Some lead to minor allergic reactions but thankfully bed bugs are known not to transmit any diseases. But once you see any evidence of bed bug bites, you need to look for fecal spots, molted skins and aggregations to confirm since some bites are not always due to bed bugs. 

Once you have identified the presence of bed bugs in the house or in your business area, the next step is to let a pest control company deliver treatments to eliminate these insects before their get out of control.  Call Nimby today at 1-888-681-6266.