Hawaii Business Owners' Guide To Getting Rid Of Bed Bugs

It can be tricky dealing with bed bugs when they get into a business. These insects can cause employees to be very nervous, and when the problem isn't addressed properly, it can lead to the filing of a negligence claim. Bed bugs can also disturb customers. We don't have to tell you how bad that can be for your business. So, what can you do about bed bugs? If you're like some of the business owners we've worked with, you might not even know what bed bugs look like or where to start. That's why we've put together this quick guide. Let's discuss how to identify bed bugs, how bed bugs get into your business, and how to get rid of bed bugs in Hawaii.

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How To Identify Bed Bugs

When you inspect your business, it is important to know what bed bugs look like. While you may know that bed bugs are shaped like an apple seed and are about the same size, you might not know that they don't always look like that. Those are the adult bed bugs. What do baby bed bugs look like? It depends. 

Newly hatched bed bug nymphs have six legs and are generally shaped like an adult, but they are pale white in color—or red if they've had a blood meal. A newly hatched bed bug will be about 1 mm in length.
As bed bugs grow, they become more of a tan coloration. They may be red if they've had a blood meal, or black after they've digested one. This is because you can see through the skin of a bed bug. These nymphs will be between 1 mm and 4mm in length.

How Do You Get Bed Bugs?

Employees or customers can bring them from home or pick them up on the way to your business. You can also bring these insects into your business.

We're often asked, "Do bed bugs come from the outside?" No. These insects don't live on the grounds around your business. They are indoor bugs that travel from one location to another passively. Therefore, a commercial pest control program that provides perimeter protection will not give you any protection from these insects. The only way to proactively prevent bed bug problems is to invest in routine inspections. These are best performed by technicians with trained dogs. A technician and a K9 bed bug inspector will move much faster than a human technician alone. 

How To Get Rid Of Bed Bugs

The first step in addressing a bed bug problem is knowing how to check for bed bugs. If you perform an inspection after finding one bug, and you don't find any more, it is possible that you don't have an infestation. It could be that the one bug was carried in and didn't have time to cause an infestation. While we would recommend getting a professional inspection to alleviate any fears your employees might have, it isn't required.

If you find that bed bugs have infested your business, you should invest in professional bed bug control. Since bed bugs make people nervous, this can quickly damage the reputation of your business and cause other issues to arise. On top of this, bed bugs are notoriously difficult to control. While we certainly encourage you to learn how to check for bed bugs and how to quickly dispatch bed bugs when you find them, treatments should be done by a licensed professional if you want to avoid issues.

Bed Bug Control In Hawaii

When it comes to bed bug control, business owners turn to Bullseye K9 Detection. Our team members are bed bug control specialists. We use K9 detection and targeted treatments to quickly, and discreetly, deal with these troublesome insects. Reach out to us today. We can help.

 

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