Bed Bugs Identification & Inspection
If a client calls you to confirm the presence of bed bugs in their home or building, look for the following signs:
- Visible bed bugs, nymphs, or bed bug eggs.
- Bed bug excrement.
- Blood stains or spotting.
Bed bugs and their signs can be found in cracks, crevices, and spaces, including, but not limited to:
- Walls, flooring, and ceilings.
- In furniture (especially tube beds and upholstered items).
- In mattresses and along mattress seams.
- Behind eletric outlet covers and baseboards.
Bed Bug Detection Canines
If you use dogs to detect bed bugs, that counts as a pest control activity in Florida and requires liscencing from FDACS.
Both you and the dog need special training to be able to accurately assess the presence of bed bugs; it is best practice to seek third-party certification.
Using canines for bed bug detection is especially helpful in the following cases (from the NPMA):
- When bed bugs are suspected but visual inspection does not revela live bugs or viable eggs.
- For building-wide inspections.
- In non-bedroom sites and unconventional areas, including offices, theaters, schools, and public transportation.
- To confirm that bed bugs have been successfully controlled or are not present.