About Bedbugs

What do bedbugs look like?

Adult bedbugs are dark brown or reddish in color about the size of a grain of rice, but shaped like an apple seed. They are easy to see with the naked eye. Young bedbugs (nymphs) are smaller and clear. They can be as small as the head of a pin – still visible to the naked eye. When they feed they grow and shed their excoskelotin. Bed bug eggs are small white and oval or oblong and are difficult to see.

bedbug bites

What do bedbug bites look like?

Bedbug bite reactions vary. Some people get large welts others get blotchy red spots. Still others have little or no reaction. If you believe you’ve been bitten by bedbugs, see a doctor.

K-9 Bedbug Detection Services canine teams can confirm the presence of live bedbugs quickly and discreetly and help you determine if you need to call an exterminator.

How do people get bedbugs?

Bedbugs will catch a ride in luggage, backpacks, borrowed books, purchased items, on the clothing or shoes you are wearing and come home with you. Once in your home (office, hotel or business) they find the best place to live, snuggle in and begin to raise a family.

Why don’t I see them during the day?

Bedbugs don’t like light. They prefer to live inside or in between things. For example: the frames of your furniture, the rope on your mattress, the frame of your bed, the fancy pillows on your bed, baseboard, headboard, or bedside radio to name a few. They are attracted to the carbon dioxide we exhale and like to feed in the wee hours of the morning, just before dawn.

I think I might have bedbugs. How do I know?

One way people begin to suspect they have bedbugs is when someone gets bit. Bedbugs are attracted to the carbon dioxide we exhale. One bedbug might bite several times, leaving a row of bites. Medium and heavy infestations are easy to identify. In their earliest stages however, when only one or two bugs are present are very difficult to find. K-9 Bedbug Detection Services trained teams can help you locate infestations before they get out of control.

I don’t want anyone to know I have bedbugs!

Don’t worry. Our service is discreet. Our teams arrive in unmarked vehicles with canines in carriers that look like gym bags. Our handlers wear street clothes.