Reported bed bug infestations continue to haunt Nebraska’s largest city.
How about Omaha’s continued appearance in Rollins Incorporated’s Top 50 Bed Bug Cities?
Because of this, I often get asked, “How much do bed bug inspections cost?”
Luckily, they are often FREE OF CHARGE. I caution, however, that not all free examinations are equal.
Here’s what to look for in a proper bed bug inspection:
- Does your inspector use a flashlight? Without proper lighting, it’s difficult to see 1st instars (baby bed bugs) and eggs.
- An inspection takes work. If your inspector simply peeks around the bed without flipping mattresses and box springs completely over, you’re not getting a good inspection.
- Make sure the inspector checks the seams of your mattress.
- One of the most likely places to discover a bed bug infestation is the underside of the box spring. You know the area where the lining is stapled to the box spring? Bed bugs LOVE that area.
- The headboard and bed frame (especially when made of wood) are other “hot spots”.
- Often missed are the window and door trims. I’ve inspected more than a few treated rooms to find the technician missed the top of the window or door trim (crown/crown molding is another beloved hiding spot).
- While bed bugs do hide in outlets, you’ll typically see signs when they’re living in those areas (fecal matter mostly).
K9 Bed Bug Detection
Many pest professionals are skeptical of K9 inspections, but it has more to do with the ethics of some dog handlers.
Here’s how I see it: If our police departments can trust dogs to sniff out bombs, I’m fine with dogs in our industry – as long as the K9s hold a legitimate certification.
As for pricing? Don’t quote me on this, but I’m pretty sure there are no local K9 bed bug detection services offered for no cost.