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Bed bug control

Bed bugs can be a real nuisance as they have a knack for getting around and reproducing quickly. Whether you own a home or work in the hospitality industry, it's important to get the right bed bug treatment to avoid an infestation. Missing just one bed bug hiding spot can lead to their numbers growing again and turning into a full-blown bed bug infestation.

Proper bed bug treatment is essential when battling a bed bug problem. Effective bed bug control involves a combination of preventive measures, early detection, and targeted treatments. At Ehrlich, our technicians use the latest methods for bed bug inspections and treatment methods to keep you and your home or business free from these biting pests.

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How to check for bed bugs

You can check your home or business for these unwanted pests, but it’s important to seek professional help when it comes to bed bug removal. Below are a few steps you can follow to check for bed bugs on your property.

1. Examine your bedding by removing all sheets, pillowcases, and covers from the bed. 

2. Check the mattress, including all seams, piping, and tags on your mattress and box spring, for any signs of small reddish-brown bugs, tiny white eggs, shed skins, or dark fecal spots.

3. Use a flashlight to check any cracks or crevices in your bed frame or headboard for bed bugs or their eggs.

4. Check nearby furniture, such as nightstands or dressers, as bed bugs can travel and hide in these areas.

5. Scrape with a credit card along the seams of your mattress or box spring to dislodge any existing bed bugs or eggs.

6. Repeat the process in other rooms to ensure that bed bugs have not spread into other rooms in the home or business. 

Remember, early detection is key when it comes to bed bug control, so it's important to check for them regularly, especially if you have recently traveled or stayed in a hotel.


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Bed bug inspections

Ehrlich technicians specialize in bed bug control. They are equipped with advanced tools to conduct accurate and thorough inspections, allowing them to create effective treatment plans. Your technician will carefully examine the area via a visual bed bug inspection by using passive or active bed bug detection devices or with the help of a specifically trained canine scent detection team to look for any signs of bed bugs

  • Visual bed bug inspection - Although bed bugs are difficult to see with the naked eye, our trained bed bug technicians can find evidence of bed bugs through experience, expertise, and by looking for the telltale signs of bed bugs.
  • Passive bed bug detection devices - Our skilled technicians may strategically set up passive detector devices in potential hiding spots where bed bugs may lurk. Our passive devices do not attract bed bugs; rather, our technician will place them in locations where they can be used to intercept and capture bed bugs as they travel to sleeping and resting areas.
  • Active bed bug detection devices - Unlike passive devices, active bed bug detection devices actively lure bed bugs using attractants such as carbon dioxide, heat, and other products that mimic human pheromones. Our technicians will place these devices in suspected activity areas to entice bed bugs from their hiding places, providing evidence of a bed bug infestation.
  • Canine scent detection - Here at Ehrlich, we're proud to have some of the best bed bug-detecting dogs around! Our canine scent detection teams are highly trained and work alongside our technicians to quickly and efficiently locate any pesky bed bugs in your home.
    *This type of inspection is only available in certain locations. Contact us to see if our Canine Teams service your area.


What to expect during a bed bug inspection

Our bed bug inspections are conducted by licensed technicians who are specialized in identifying and treating bed bug infestations. Here’s what you can expect when you schedule a bed bug inspection: 


Before your inspection begins, one of our licensed technicians will have a discussion with you to understand your concerns and gather relevant information about the suspected bed bug activity. Your technician will explain the inspection process thoroughly and address any concerns you may have. 

During the inspection

Your technician will conduct a thorough inspection of the areas where bed bug activity is suspected. This includes checking the beds, mattresses, box springs, and nearby furniture where bed bugs may hide. The technician will carefully look for any indications of bed bugs, such as live bugs, shed skins, eggs, and fecal spots. 


After inspection, your technician will give you a  detailed report based on their findings. It will cover severity, contributing factors, treatment plan, and cost tailored to the specific needs of your situation. 



During the inspection


Why do I need bed bug control?

To put it simply, bed bugs can spread fast, quickly infesting your entire property. Without proper bed bug control, one missed bed bug can turn into a new infestation in no time. If you don’t get a suspected bed bug problem treated and controlled, you could end up with a severe infestation.

Though they do not transmit diseases, bed bugs feed on human blood and will leave you with irritating bed bug bites on your skin. If you think you may have a bed bug infestation, contact us to schedule a free inspection. 


Frequently asked questions

What are the main causes of bed bugs?

Bed bugs are excellent hitchhikers and you most likely ended up with them because they hitched a ride home with you. Bed bugs can also be brought into your home on an infested item. In apartments, bed bugs can travel from room to room, so it is likely that your neighbor has a bed bug problem. In hotels, bed bugs can be brought in by guests.

Where do bed bugs hide in your home?

Bed bugs are most commonly found anywhere humans remain dormant for a period of time. These areas can include beds, couches, and reclining chairs. If an infestation becomes severe, bed bugs can spread to unusual places like baseboards and curtains, along ceilings, in electrical outlets, and behind pictures.

Can I get rid of bed bugs myself?

We do not recommend trying to DIY a bed bug infestation. Bed bugs are incredibly small and very difficult to spot with the untrained eye. Missing just one bed bug can cause a more severe infestation in no time as female bed bugs can lay up to 500 eggs in their lifetime.

What kills bed bugs instantly?

Bed bug treatment methods provided by a professional pest control company are the fastest way to get rid of this biting pest. No bed bug situation is the same and your Technician will work with you to choose the best method to eliminate the bed bugs as quickly as possible. Our bed bug treatment methods include conventional treatment, fumigation, steam remediation, and heat treatments.

How do I get rid of bed bugs at home?

Working with a professional pest control company, like Ehrlich, is the easiest and best way to rid your home of bed bugs. Our Technicians are trained to find and eliminate bed bugs in all life stages. We have the proper tools and techniques to find bed bugs where they are hiding, stop them from spreading, and eliminate them. DIY bed bug control methods are ineffective and can likely make the infestation worse.

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