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Bed Bugs FAQ's


How to tell if your residence is infested?
Bed Bugs infest only a small portion of residences, but they should be suspect if residents complain of bites that occur while sleeping. The bedroom and other sleeping areas should be carefully examined for Bed Bugs and signs of bed bug activity. Folds and creases in the bed linen, seams and tufts of mattresses and box springs, in particular, may harbor bed bugs or their eggs.

They may also be found within pleats of curtains, beneath loose areas of wallpaper near the bed, in corners of desks and drawers, within spaces of wicker furniture, behind cove molding, and in laundry and or other items on the floor around the room. Sometimes characteristic dark brown reddish fecal spots of bed bugs are apparent on the bed linens, mattress, or walls near the bed. A peculiar odor may be detected in some heavily infested residences. Adhesive bases traps for trapping insects and rodents are not particularly effective for trapping Bed Bugs .


What should you do if you find Bed Bugs ?

Don’t Panic. Although Bed Bugs can be annoying, they can be battled safely and successfully if you adopt a well-considered strategy. Because several different kinds of insects resemble Bed Bugs, specimens should be carefully compared with good reference images (such as those on this website) to confirm their identity. Specimens suspected of being Bed Bugs should be collected into small break resistant containers such as plastic pill bottles or zip lock bags. They may also be secured to a sheet of white paper using clear packaging tape. They should be taken to a pest control expert for confirmation. Use a digital camera or phone to take a clear closeup picture of the insect and email to for ID.*

Once their identity is confirmed, a careful plan should be devised to eliminate the Bed Bugs in a manner that promotes success while limiting unnecessary cost and exposure to insecticides. Don’t discard furniture and don’t treat unless you have a plan.

Do not apply pesticides unless you fully understand what you are applying and the risks involved. You are legally liable if you misapply, or apply it without a license to the property (including common spaces in apartment buildings). Generally, landlords owners, and building managers cannot legally apply pesticides without proper license & training. They should hire a licensed pest control operator to confirm the infestation and to develop an integrated pest management plan. ABES Pest Control can even be hired as a consultation source for implementing a treatment plan.

Do not dispose of furniture that is useful. Infested furniture can be cleaned and treated. Placing infested furniture (particularly mattresses) into common areas or on the street may simply help spread the bed bugs to the homes or apartments of other people. Officials in some municipalities affix to potentially infested furniture a label to warn of bed bugs. To reduce opportunities of infested furniture re-entering the building, building managers should ensure that any disposed furniture is locked within a dumpster or immediately carted away to a landfill or waste facility.


*Bed Bug inspection only service available at discount. Call for price.

*Consultation on site service available. Call for price.



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