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Inspections for Bed Bugs in Las Vegas and Henderson
Customer Knowledge is Key
Posted At: February 28, 2012 1:00 PM | Posted By : admin

Many Las Vegas pest control companies offer free bed bug inspections and then provide bed bug extermination.  Before hiring either a Henderson Bed Bug Exterminator or Las Vegas Bed Bug Pest Control Company to conduct a bed bug inspection, it is recommended that you read the guidelines for Best Management Practices for Bed Bugs issued by the The National Pest Management Association.

Bed bugs are known as the hardest pest to rid from a structure.  Do your research homework and make sure that Las Vegas Bed Bug Pest Control company that you hire has the knowledge and skills required to find where all bed bugs may be in your structure and that they can successfully handle your situation.

It is highly recommended by bed bug experts that you read what a true bed bug inspection should entail.audemars piguet royal oak replica  If someone comes in and just sprays your are wasting hard earned money.  After reviewing the required steps, do you really think that a qualified Las Vegas Bed Bug Exterminator would perform these steps for free?  Do you homework and contact a company that can provide the right inspection, detection and elimination methods for your current bed bug situation.  Make sure the company stands behind their services and guarantees their work.  A 90 day bed bug guarantee should be included.  If just one female bed bug is left behind, your bed bug infestation will return.

Introduction and Purpose (adapted from NPMA)

The resurgence of bed bugs has created significant concern in the pest management industry and in society overall. Controlling, let alone eradicating, this pest is extremely difficult. To help industry professionals control bed bugs effectively, responsibly and safely, the National Pest Management Association (NPMA) has created Best Management Practices for Bed Bugs, guidelines developed by industry professionals, regulators, academics, and entomologists. The following information has been excerpted from that document to help consumers understand what they should expect in working with trained pest management professionals for problems associated with bed bugs. For a complete copy of the NPMA’s Best Management Practices for Bed Bugs, visit www.npmapestworld.org. Bed bugs CAN be treated but proper management will involve an effective partnership with the pest professional and the customer

Pest management firms should only initiate treatment when evidence of bed bug infestation has been confirmed, unless in the opinion of a trained and qualified pest management professional, treatment is warranted due to circumstances such as proximity to an infested room, complaints about bites, or other customer requests.

  • An initial bed bug inspection should include at a minimum:
    • Carefully inspecting sheets, pillowcases, and other bed linens, mattresses, box springs, bed frames and headboards by checking all seams, piping, straps, and other hiding places for live bed bugs, cast skins, fecal staining, and eggs.
    • Looking for evidence of bed bugs in cracks, crevices, and other typical bed bug hiding places near the beds, and areas where people have reported seeing bed bugs or being bitten.

  • In addition to the tasks above, inspections may include, depending on the site, and if necessary such things as: panerai replica watches
    • Inspecting inside and underneath furniture, including the removal of drawers from dressers and other items.
    • Inspecting behind pictures, wall hangings, and drapes.
    • Lifting the edge of carpeting and inspecting behind baseboards in suspected areas.
    • Inspecting for bed bugs on, under, and inside upholstered furniture.
    • Further investigation of any site where bed bug fecal material is observed.

  • Bed bug inspection should include areas outside of bedrooms where people spend time resting.
    • In residential settings:
      • Inspect hallways, closets, storage boxes, pet beds/cages, desks, and other areas that may harbor bed bugs.
      • Inspect the living room, family room, and other non-sleeping areas.

  • The goals of a comprehensive bed bug inspection should be:
    • To determine if treatment is necessary or warranted.
    • To identify special considerations such as the presence of ill residents, pets, or young children.
    • To determine the best methods of control and estimate the amount of labor that will be needed.
  • The use of bed bug monitoring devices may not be practical in all situations.
    • Monitoring tools detect bed bug activity over time (days or weeks).
    • Monitoring tools may be useful for confirming that a site has bed bugs, but the failure to trap a bed bug does not mean that there is not an infestation.
    • The type of site, room or configuration of bed frames and other furniture may limit the usefulness of monitoring devices

  • Monitoring devices may include passive, active or moat style traps:
    • Moat-style traps intercept bed bugs between their harborage areas and their host. Moat-style traps are typically placed under the legs of beds and other furniture to capture bed bugs moving up or down the legs and can also be placed adjacent to furniture where infestations are suspected.
      • Because moat traps only capture bed bugs traveling in their immediate area, a lack of bed bugs in these devices should not be construed to mean that there is not an infestation.
      • Effectiveness of moat-style traps may be limited by the architecture of the furniture or other factors.
    • Active monitoring devices typically use heat, carbon dioxide, or chemical attractants to lure and capture bed bugs.
      • Use of most of these devices is limited by their cost and service requirements, and is typically restricted to high-risk sites.
    • Passive traps catch insects that accidentally encounter the trap and include traditional sticky traps as well as other traps specifically designed for bed bug monitoring
      • Sticky traps have a low level of effectiveness but may catch bed bugs if placed in enough locations.
      • Because of their low efficiency, a lack of bed bugs in sticky traps should not be construed to mean that there is not an infestation.
    • Monitoring devices should be inspected periodically to evaluate bed bug populations.

Pest management firms should confirm the location and extent of the infestation and provide the following information to the client before beginning service:

  • The cost of service, including fees for additional services if necessary.
  • The kind of service to expect (number of visits, length of time until successful control).
  • Details of the service, including information about tools, methods and tactics to be used.
  • The preparation required by the client or tenant.
  • Realistic expectations, including obstacles to success such as lack of client cooperation, the potential for bed bug reintroduction following treatment, etc.
All pest management firm representatives who may encounter bed bugs or be asked about bed bugs need basic training or advanced training, depending on the work done with the company. (Recommendations for the type of training necessary can be found in the full version of these Best Management Practices.)
  • A pest management firm providing bed bug service should educate their clients and prospects to ensure that expectations are reasonable.
  • A pest management firm providing bed bug service should educate its customers and prospects on the following issues:
    • Basic identification, biology and habits of bed bugs
    • Why bed bug infestations are difficult to detect and to eliminate
    • Techniques for bed bug prevention
    • Specific actions that might be required from the customer or resident such as:
      • Providing access and authorization for service
      • Reducing clutter, laundering clothing, making repairs, etc.

Disposal of Beds, Furniture, Possessions

  • Disposal of beds, furniture, clothing, and other items because they are infested with bed bugs should generally be discouraged in residential situations and should be evaluated on a case-by-case basis.
  • Before providing bed bug control service, a pest professional will determine whether treatment is necessary based on a careful inspection and the needs and concerns of the client.
  • When a live bed bug or viable eggs cannot be located during an inspection, the technician should make further effort to confirm the infestation through a more aggressive inspection or other methods that have proven effective for bed bug detection.
The presence of bites or assurances by residents that bed bugs are present should be considered carefully.
    • It is not possible to tell from an apparent bite if it was caused by a bed bug. Bite reactions vary, and bites from other insects may have similar appearance to those of bed bugs.
    • Skin infections and conditions can also look like insect bites.
    • Technicians must confirm that the pest is the bed bug, Cimex lectularius, and not any of the closely related bugs that infest bats and birds, which require different control tactics.

About K-9 Sweeps:  K-9 Sweeps is a Las Vegas Pest Control Company that deals exclusively with bed bugs.  The company serves residential and commercial clients throughout Southern Nevada providing bed bug inspections, 3rd party certified bed bug dog inspections, eradication, consulting and training seminars.  The company also sub-contracts with several local Las Vegas pest control companies conducting bed bug canine scent detection (bed bug dog) inspections for their customers throughout the Las Vegas Valley.

Our certified bed bug detecting canine team can alert you to the presence of bed bugs and will find bed bugs in inaccessible areas in a matter of minutes. You will be amazed at how quickly we can pinpoint where bed bug infestations are so that treatment can be targeted. K-9 Sweeps is truly your best option for bed bugs in Las Vegas.

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