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Bed Bugs Identification & Inspection

If a client calls you to confirm the presence of bed bugs in their home or building, look for the following signs:

  • Visible bed bugs, nymphs, or bed bug eggs.
  • Bed bug excrement.
  • Blood stains or spotting.

Bed bugs and their signs can be found in cracks, crevices, and spaces, including, but not limited to:

  • Walls, flooring, and ceilings.
  • In furniture (especially tube beds and upholstered items).
  • In mattresses and along mattress seams.
  • Behind eletric outlet covers and baseboards.

Bed Bug Detection Canines

If you use dogs to detect bed bugs, that counts as a pest control activity in Florida and requires liscencing from FDACS.

Both you and the dog need special training to be able to accurately assess the presence of bed bugs; it is best practice to seek third-party certification.

Using canines for bed bug detection is especially helpful in the following cases (from the NPMA):

  • When bed bugs are suspected but visual inspection does not revela live bugs or viable eggs.
  • For building-wide inspections.
  • In non-bedroom sites and unconventional areas, including offices, theaters, schools, and public transportation.
  • To confirm that bed bugs have been successfully controlled or are not present.

Local Offices

Visit our local offices page to find contact information for Extension faculty and staff in your county, as well as directions, maps, and website links for all of Florida’s Extension offices.

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