You found a bedbug, now what?

PCT (Pest Control Technology), a magazine for pest control professionals put out an article titled  “You Found One Bed Bug -Now What?” back in January of 2017″. Pest Control Professionals offer advice and suggestions to help determine whether you have an infestation or an isolated bed bug sighting. The information is directed at professionals; however, this information is useful to every one. Finding bedbugs can send us into a frenzy, but does one bed bug indicate an infestation? Or could it be an isolated sighting?

Is it an infestation?

Once a bedbug is found, the location needs to be thoroughly inspected. The location the bug was spotted may be an indicator. Bedbugs will infest areas where they are likely to find steady meals.  One bed bug found in a school, on public transportation, or in the doctor’s waiting room may have come in on a backpack or piece of clothing- and will likely leave the same way. This probably isn’t an area of an infestation, because the bedbug’s goal of finding a steady food source will not be met. Without a regular food source, an infestation can not be established.

What if you find a small number of bugs at home?

In your home, an inspector can identify places bed bugs are most likely to hide. They will also determine the severity and activity level of a possible infestation- and they may even be able to locate the source of your infestation. They may check luggage, furniture, sleeping bags, or articles of clothing to help determine the extent of a possible infestation. If only a small number of bedbugs are found,  preventative treatments may be recommended- such as bedbug monitors, mattress encasements, reducing clutter, and frequent laundering of clothes and bedding. Identifying a source of infestation in apartments and condominiums may be more difficult, as the source could be any of your surrounding neighbors. Because of this, the apartment manager must be involved to allow thorough inspection of the entire building and not just one unit.

So, what do you suggest?

  • “Take a deep Breath”: a small number of bed bugs is not always a sign a large infestation is present!
  • Schools, public transportation, and office buildings are more prone to “transient” bed bug sightings.
  • DO get a comprehensive inspection to determine the size of an infestation and treatment options.
  • Your Pest Professional’s response should be measured, and focus on solutions appropriate to the level of the problem.

What can you do?

Prevention is the key to stopping the spread of a bed bug infestation. Bedbugs are notorious hitchhikers, and can catch a ride on anyone.  We receive many calls concerning bedbugs, and they are a growing concern in the Pacific Northwest. Our page “” has more information on bedbugs and steps you can take to prevent or resolve an infestation.

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