Bed bugs can be seen by the naked eye. But because they stay out of sight and are nocturnal, they are difficult to spot. They average 5-7 mm in length, roughly the size of an apple seed. They are brown or reddish- brown in color, with a beak, antennae, and often light brown hair. Their pearl-white eggs are 1 mm in size, with an eyespot if more than five days old. They are fast-moving on vertical and horizontal surfaces.
Identifying bed bugs can be tricky because they are excellent at avoiding detection. They are typically found on or near bedding and are visible to the naked eye. Rusty or reddish stains on bed sheets may indicate crushed bed bugs. Their excrement is seen as dark spots the size of a period. Their eggs, as well as the pale-yellow skins that the bugs shed as they grow larger, are harder to see. Their glands sometimes emit a musty scent. Passive monitors and interceptors with an adhesive or lubricant placed near beds or sofas may reveal a population.
Long before an infestation occurs, Viking’s proactive Integrated Pest Management will make it difficult for bed bugs to infiltrate your property in the first place. We may recommend some modifications and practices, including bagging laundry in plastic, eliminating clutter, and more frequent vacuuming. Safeguards also include placing heating articles in rooms that may be suspect.
If bed bugs are found, Viking’s quick response ensures that a sighting doesn’t escalate into an outbreak. Our certified technicians are licensed to apply only the safest, appropriate controls, including desiccants, biochemicals, and insect growth regulators. If the situation dictates, we may install portable heat chambers and bed bug heaters to squelch the population. Subjecting the environment to cold (sub 0 degrees F) is also a safe IPM treatment. Viking will stay with you throughout the process, which may require several follow-up visits for thorough eradication.
By hitching a ride on clothing, shoes, luggage, as well as laundry, bed bugs can invade hotels, offices, retail stores, movie theaters, and restaurants. They can easily travel from room to room. Their hard-to-detect eggs might be transported to and hatch in any facility. So if you think you have a bed bug problem, give us a call. We are here to protect your business.
Our inspection tools and methods also include K9 detection. Dogs possess some of the most acute olfactory senses in the animal kingdom. Trained to the scent of bed bug alarm pheromones, canines have successfully serviced the pest control industry for years. Viking’s “in-house” team of certified Bed Bug Detection Canines are among the best in the business, with minimal “false positives.” Our resident canine bed bug detection experts will come to your business with one of our dogs to sniff out any bedbugs in just minutes. Our Hagar and Helga have been specifically trained to detect live bed bugs and viable eggs with almost 100% accuracy. Each of our canine handlers is a certified master trainer with the National Entomology Scent Detection Canine Association (NESDCA).