Bed Bugs

When it comes to eliminating Bedbugs, there is no “Silver Bullet”. Good old fashioned hard work, commitment, and persistence is needed. They may be tough, but we’re tougher.

Most experts will agree. A successful Bedbug Program requires an Integrated Pest Management approach. The Pratt Pest Management solution includes a combination of:

  • Thorough Surveys and Monitoring
  • Non-chemical methods such as steam heat and vacuum removal
  • Exclusion and Pest Proofing where appropriate.
  • Careful Use of Approved Insecticides
  • Education and Training
  • K-9 Detection As Needed

The common bedbug (Cimex lectularius) is well adapted to human environments. It is found in temperate climates throughout the world and has been known since ancient times.

Adult bedbugs are reddish brown, flattened, oval, and wingless. Adults grow to 4 to 5 mm (one-eighth to three-sixteenths of an inch) in length. Newly hatched nymphs are translucent and lighter in color and continue to become browner and molt as they reach maturity.

Bedbugs are generally active only at night, and their peak attack period is usually roughly an hour before local dawn.

Bedbugs have not been linked to the transmission of any disease and are not regarded as a medical threat.

Bedbugs are often spread by hitchhiking in peoples luggage or used furniture.

Until recently bedbugs were nearly eliminated from the United States through the wide use of insecticides that are no longer available.

Please do not be mislead by “snake oil” products from the internet or quick fix rhetoric from commissioned sales people. Call for a professional evaluation today.

With two Entomologists on staff whose combined experience in professional pest management exceeds fifty years you can be assured our protocols will be expertly designed and our professionals highly trained.

“Thank you for your recent help. I say help because you provided more than just an inspection for bed bugs. Jerry was very patient with me on the phone and gave me quite a bit of time. Noel gave us a good education on how to search and identify bedbugs and monitor systems to consider for future implementation. Thank you for your patience, encouragement, education, and quality of service.”
-Kim M.