Bed Bug

Bed Bug Identification and Control

Correct identification is an important first step in pest control.

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Cimex lectularius
How To Identify A Bed Bug

Bed Bugs have six legs, are oval shaped with flat bodies and never have wings. Adult bed bugs are reddish brown in color. Adults are about the size of an apple seed.

Juvenile bed bugs start off as a light tan or straw color and get darker as they become adults.

Where Do They Come From

Bed bugs are synanthropic meaning that they live with people. They do not come from outside or nature, but instead are brought in to homes or business on personal belongings, used furniture, or houseguests. Bed bugs can also travel through walls in multi-family dwellings.

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Where Do They Lay Their Eggs

Adult female bed bugs lay 1-5 eggs per day. Females begin producing eggs a few days after a blood meal typically when they are in their harborages. These harborages are often located close to their host (people) under box springs, in cracks and crevices of bed frames, in tufts and folds of bed skirts, and seams and undersides of couches and chairs that are frequently used.

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Cimex lectularius

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Bed bugs are a public health pest causing distress, bites, insomnia, and other issues.

Tips & Tricks

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How To Prevent Bed Bugs

  • Avoid used furniture or make sure you inspect used furniture thoroughly before purchasing.
  • Avoid houseguests that may have bed bugs at their residence.
  • Know what a bed bug looks like as well as the signs of bed bugs.
  • Early detection is critical when dealing with bed bugs so if you suspect bed bugs, hire a pest professional to inspect thoroughly.
  • Also utilize bed bug monitors if bed bugs are suspected or you are at higher risk for getting bed bugs.

Learn more about our preventative treatments for bed bugs.

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How To Eliminate Bed Bugs

Do not try to self treat. Eliminating bed bugs is difficult and you can waste time, money, and potentially make things worse and harder to eliminate. If you use the wrong products or strategies, you can drive bed bugs into new areas or deep into harborages where they are harder to eliminate.

Start with an inspection to assess the situation and strategize a plan.

Ask lots of questions and utilize a company that is highly trained and knowledgeable.

Make sure after the treatments that they will confirm elimination and offer a warranty.

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How Thorn Can Help

Bed bugs can be difficult to control, but that’s what we are here for. We create a strategic plan to gain control of your bed bug problem and make sure we get results.

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Thorn's Approach

We take a scientific approach to bed bug control. We start with an inspection and assessment to help us identify the bed bugs, locate where they are, and create a specific plan for your property. Every home and business is different and requires a unique strategy.


Our Approach to Pest Control

Proper pest management starts with a detailed inspection and assessment from an expert pest professional before treatment. Thorn Pest Solutions uses a three-step process rooted in science to eliminate pests with long-term results.

Driven By Science. Lead By Service.

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Assess Situation

First, we identify the root problem(s) with a site assessment. Pests are almost always an indicator of an environmental condition. This will determine the best actions to provide short and your long-term results against pests.

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Execute Action Plan

Next, we develop a plan to fix the problems we discovered. This includes solving current pest issues, eliminating conducive conditions, and monitoring for future pest activity. Good pest management starts with a good plan.

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Track Success

Lastly, we implement the solutions we developed including inspection, monitoring, and preventing future pest infestations. Good pest control requires a good offense and not just defense. Prevention is key.

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