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You’ve heard the old saying about not letting the bed bugs bite. But it’s one thing to hear it said and another to get bitten by them. While it used to be the case that New York and Toronto suffered a bed bug pandemic, bed bug infestation levels have dropped since 2020. Regrettably, even COVID19 hasn’t eliminated bed bugs completely, and outbreaks are still possible. But how do you know if you’ve got them?

Performing a Visual Inspection

The best way to tell if you’ve got bed bugs is to perform a thorough visual inspection. Spare nowhere. Look in: 
  • Crevices between floor and ceiling 
  • Under floorboards 
  • Box springs Mattress seams
  • Crevices in bed frame
  •  Behind and around headboard
  •  Behind/in furniture surrounding bed
You may see or smell other signs of infestation depending on the severity of the bed bug infestation, including: 
  • Bed Bug fecal matter on mattress and sheets 
  • Distinctive odor produced by bed bug colony
Staining on sheets, in particular, is one of the classic hallmarks of bed bug activity. Bed bugs are vampiric. They come out at night and feed on sleeping humans, excreting reddish-brown fecal matter in the process. You can distinguish these stains from ordinary dirt by smearing them using your finger or with water.  Bed Bug fecal matter consists of dried blood, so when damp, it leaves red smears on your mattress or sheets.


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Look For Bed Bug Bites

The other key to a visual bed bug inspection is bed bug bites. While you may not have seen one before, if you’ve got them, you know about them. For one thing, they are infamously itchy.  Beyond that, identifying bed bug bites can be challenging since people react differently and with different degrees of severity to the bites. Itching aside, their most distinctive feature is a pinprick in the middle of the bite, where the nymph or adult bed bug has fed. The other distinctive feature of bed bug bites is that they don’t occur singly. Traditional bed bug bites appear in linear clusters. They’re highly prevalent on limbs. But bed bugs aren’t fussy. They will feed anywhere but favor areas where the blood vessels are close to the skin’s surface. Bed bug bites can appear raised or flat. And if the reaction is severe enough, the bites can look like red, angry welts. On their own, bed bug bites are not a sign of a bed bug problem. That’s because it’s challenging to distinguish bed bug bites from other insect bites. If you notice bites you suspect came from bed bugs, ensure you also look for: 
  • Blood smears on bedsheets 
  • Cast skins Live or dead bugs/nymphs

Identifying Bed Bugs In NYC

As you inspect for evidence of a bed bug problem, it’s helpful to know what bed bugs look like.  There are several stages to the bed bug, meaning not all bed bugs look the same. The stages of a bed bug’s life cycle include:

Bed bug eggs are approximately as big as a pinhead. They are pearl white.

After five days, the eggs develop an ‘eye spot.’ This spot makes it easier to tell eggs from surrounding detritus.

Young bed bugs or nymphs can be much harder to spot than those in other stages. That’s because when unfed, they’re translucent. When fed, they’re a yellowish-white color. But depending on how mature the nymph is, it can still be invisible to the untrained eye.

Adult bed bugs are brown and flat. They’re also approximately the size and shape of an apple seed. And if you don’t know what you’re looking for, they’re easily confused.

But, a recently-fed bed bug balloons and becomes more obviously elongated. They’re also a reddish-brown color.

As they advance in age, they look increasingly like bugs. They present with three pronounced segments, wings, and antenna.

Is It Bed Bugs?

Even if you visually inspect for a bed bug problem and find signs of infestation, there’s still a chance it’s another pest. Several other infestations offer similar signs to bed bugs, including the following: 
  • Carpet beetles
  • Cockroaches
With that in mind, the best way to confirm a bed bug problem is to bring in an expert. Various New York pest control companies exist to treat bed bugs. And we can help.

K9 Inspection

Once you determine you have bed bugs, or even if you only suspect them, the next step is a K9 inspection. This will help with pest management and pest control. Typically, once pest control experts determine you have bed bugs, the next step is fumigation. But this involves chemicals and pesticides. If you live with pets or have concerns about the environmental impact these have, this may not be ideal. But bed bug extermination doesn’t have to be chemical. Nor does bed bug removal have to rely on pesticides.
Eco Earth Bed Bug Dogs
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Eco Earth Bed Bug Dogs is committed to environmentally-friendly, green approaches to pest management.

We use proven and effective methods to eliminate bed bug infestations without resorting to chemicals or pesticides that could harm humans or animals.

We use dedicated bed bug dogs to confirm your bed bug infestation.  Our dogs are trained to the highest professional standard and can sniff out bed bugs from their distinctive, sweet odor.

There are two essential benefits to employing bed bug dogs to hunt out bed bugs. 


  •  Sniff out adult bed bugs and eggs in minutes
  • Reduce need for invasive home search 

Consequently, dog inspections enable us to focus on the specific areas your bed bugs have infested. It saves all us time, and you save money in the process.

Once our bed bug dogs confirm there’s a bed bug problem, the next thing to do is cryonite freezing. We use liquid nitrogen to safely and effectively kill bed bugs and their eggs. Fumigation can have lingering and detrimental effects. But cryonite freezing is completely safe.

It’s even safe on electronics and various surfaces. This is not always true of standard freezing and heating do-it-yourself bed bug treatments. 

Finally, we use high-temperature steam to kill any live bed bugs that eluded the cryonite.

This kind of steam treatment is exactly what a dry cleaner would do to treat any bed bug-infested clothes. While you may still want to treat clothes separately, you can rely on the steam’s efficacy to kill bed bugs.

We perform bed bug detections, bed bug inspections, and bed bug exterminations across various areas. These encompass New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut areas.

Areas include:

  •  Brooklyn
  •  Queens 
  •  Manhattan
  •  New York City

Our bed bug experts also arrange bed bug removal in: 

  • The Bronx
  • Nassau & Suffolk County (Long Island)
  • New Jersey 
  • Staten Island 

Call A Bed Bug Professional

Getting bed bugs under control can quickly start to feel overwhelming.  Not only are bed bugs hard to spot, but they can be elusive. As you check for bed bugs, pay special attention to: 

  • Box springs 
  • Area behind the headboard

As these are my favorite hiding places for bed bugs. And don’t overlook: 

  • Crevices in mattresses
  • Crevices between wall and floor
  •  Furniture seams

Our bed bug specialists and bed bug exterminators will work with you to find a non-toxic, green solution to your bed bug problem.

Our three-step process is safe, environmentally friendly, and better still will leave your home bed bug-free.

If you suspect bed bugs in your home, get in touch. We’re happy to help.

So, if you live in an area we service and find yourself with a bed bug infestation that needs addressing, get in touch. We, and our dogs, will have it taken care of in a way that’s safe, affordable, and eco-friendly. 

But until we get there, try not to let the bed bugs bite.

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