What tools a pro recommends for bed bugs

The recommended Bed Bug Inspection tools any PCO should use.
 By Karl the BugMan 
Columbus Ohio Bed Bug Exterminator.

The most important step in getting rid of bed beg is to inspect properly to determine how widespread the infestation is and the best way to evict the bed bugs. Bed bugs can hide in any space about as thin as paper and nymphs are even smaller so leave no stone unturned even if it seems to small to you. When conducting an inspection, move slowly and make every attempt to avoid disturbing bed bugs that are hiding so they don’t move to other parts of the house or business. In a low infestation, the bed bugs will be concentrated close to bedrooms. Prioritize the risk of infestation from high to low to concentrate inspection and treatment time to the most infested areas.


Flashlight-As with any inspection in the pest control business, the flashlight is the most important tool to look in and around all dark corners of any room.

Screwdriver-Bed bugs are attracted to dark place, so having a screwdriver to open electric sockets, clocks, radio looking for bed bugs pestcemetery.comand vents.

Flushing device-Pyrethrin or air to help flush out bed bugs in cracks and crevices.

Mirror-For those pieces of furniture that can’t be turned upside down or apart, it’s good to have a mirror so you can look under and around furniture for bed bug hiding places.

Monitors-placing glue boards in and around the room that can be checked for bed bug activity.

Ladder-In some rooms you many need a ladder to access the dropped ceiling or vents.

Vacuum-If you do find bed bugs, vacuuming them up immediately would go a long way in keeping them from checking for bed bugs pestcemetery.comreproducing and it of course makes it easy to dispose of the vacuumed bed bugs properly.

Time-The most important tool of all is time. This process cannot be hurried and your customers will thank you in the end.

Please Check out Columbus Ohio Pest Control Blog for more tips and interesting facts about Bugs.

About The Bug Doctor

Jerry Schappert is a certified pest control operator and Associate Certified Entomologist with over two and a half decades of experience from birds to termites and everything in between. He started as a route technician and worked his way up to commercial/national accounts representative. Always learning in his craft he is familiar with rural pest services and big city control techniques. Jerry has owned and operated a successful pest control company since 1993 in Ocala,Florida. While his knowledge and practical application has benefitted his community Jerry wanted to impart his wisdom on a broader scale to help many more. Pestcemetery.com was born from that idea in 2007 and has been well received. It is the goal of this site to inform you with his keen insights and safely guide you through your pest control treatment needs.
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  • The Bug Doctor

    Excellent article Karl- I was especially impressed with your advice on flashlights and ‘time’. That is something I think is far to often overlooked.

    This article would fit nicely in Tools of the trade or the Bed Bugs category but I think the way you summed it up so nicely made it a Tech Tip that everyone should read.

    Thanks for a great article!
    The Bug Doctor

  • The Bug Doctor

    Excellent article Karl- I was especially impressed with your advice on flashlights and ‘time’. That is something I think is far to often overlooked.

    This article would fit nicely in Tools of the trade or the Bed Bugs category but I think the way you summed it up so nicely made it a Tech Tip that everyone should read.

    Thanks for a great article!
    The Bug Doctor