Bed Bug Inspections
Bed Bug Inspections in Vancouver, BC
It has happened to many people in recent years. Does this scenario sound familiar:
‘You wake up in the morning, head into the bathroom to examine how beautiful you look in the fluorescent lights offered up by the bathroom, and whammo! A zit? A pimple? Is that a bite on my neck? Where did that come from? It wasn’t there yesterday. What the heck is going on? I saw a news article on bed bugs last month & I just returned from holidays last month, but I couldn’t possibly have them! Maybe it is something else. Maybe not though. Oh no. Is it? I will just jump on Google and self diagnose. Oh no. IT IS!! I have… BEDBUGS!’
It may not be exactly to the circumstances that led you to this page on bed bug inspections in Vancouver, but it was probably close enough. Not to worry. It’s happening literally multiple times per day around Vancouver to unsuspecting people. The short answer is that maybe you have bed bugs and maybe not. Here are some questions to consider and have ready before having a professional come out and perform a bed bug inspection in your home or office.
How many bites did you have when you first discovered them? (1-5, 5-10, 10+)
Where on the body did the bites first show up? (neck/shoulder area/arms, mid torso, legs & feet)
How long have the bites been going happening for?
Have you recently come back from travelling or had anyone travelling staying with you?
Have you recently brought home any used furniture?
Have you found any bugs of any sort on/around the bed?
Do you have a cat or a dog?
Have you recently changed soaps (laundry, hand) or medications?
Each answer specifically can help a professional bed bug expert determine the likelihood of there being a bed bug infestation in your home and make a decision whether to you for a bed bug inspection to confirm.
Bed Bug Inspections Types
Visual bed bug inspection: This is pretty much exactly what it sounds like. A bed bug inspection expert will provide a visual inspection of the home looking for evidence of bed bugs. Since bed bugs are a messy bug, they leave plenty of evidence for our technicians to find, including shed skins, eggs & feces, in addition to finding the bugs themselves.
K9/Dog bed bug Inspections: This is the use of a highly trained to dog to detect the smallest evidence left behind by a bed bug, all by scent not sight. They are especially beneficial for large scale bed bug inspections & inspections that are not of a home, such as an office. Because bed bug inspection dogs are using scent, the handler should also provide a visual confirmation of the evidence the dog ‘hit on’ before confirming an infestation.
Trap Inspections: This is an inspection using any number of traps available on the market today. The traps fall into two categories: Passive (bed bug happens into/across it) & Active trap (the trap is design to actively attract a bed bug). Some of the newer active traps have proven to be more successful at detecting a bed bug infestation than both visible and K9, which is very promising.
As there are many bed bug control companies in Vancouver and Whistler, picking one to call for a bed bug inspection can be daunting, so it is very important to be sure you’re making a educated decision. Here are some tips to help:
- Are they Quality Pro Canada certified?
- How long have you been providing heat treatments? (ask for heat references)
- How long have you been in pest control? (experience speaks for itself)
- Has heat not worked the first time? (nobody is perfect – honesty reveals itself)
- Do you attend any bed bug specific conferences? (they are up to date)
- Are you a member of the local Pest Control Association?
- Are you insured and bonded? (its your home – protect it)
- What is your rating with the BBB of BC? Are you a member?
- Online, independent testimonials from sites like Google, Yelp, etc…
Post Bed Bug Inspection
After the inspection is complete, the bed bug expert should provide you a written or electronic report with their findings, regardless of whether they found bed bugs or not. Property managers may require this for their building maintenance files, so be sure you receive it. The technician may actually show you evidence they find during the inspection to help educate you as well.
If you’re worst fears are confirmed, and you have bed bugs, ask to be shown the evidence (if you can stomach it). The cost of a bed bug treatment, in addition to the inspection cost, can add up (depending on the service), so be sure they found something! Not only is it against the law for a pest control company to treat for a pest problem without evidence, it is unethical. Once you are satisfied that you need to have a bed bug treatment performed, the next stage begins. Read more about the bed bug treatment optionsavailable to you here. Contact us today to book your bed bug inspection in greater Vancouver or Whistler today!