Bed Bugs infestations are on the rise and the little blood suckers are spreading rapidly through the US. Their abilities to: a. hitch a ride on humans or animals or b. lay eggs in a suitcase or blanket etc… and c. reproduce rapidly are creating serious problems for homeowners and property managers of all kinds. Many people think of hotels as a place to watch out for bed bugs but they can be found just about anywhere there are crevices and a host to feed on. Infestations have occurred in Broadway theaters, college dormitories, buses, trains, daycare, schools, and well you get the point. Bed bugs are here to stay but they can be effectively managed through early detection and proper remediation.
The best way to find beg bugs is a bed bug dog. A certified bed bug detection dog and handler have a far better success rate of finding bed bugs than human inspection alone. Dog and handler are more likely to find bed bugs early before very difficult to treat infestations occur. These infestations can also be very costly to eradicate. Wake Forest University recently spent $350,000 treating a massive bed bug infestation. The best way to insure early detection is periodic inspections by certified dog and handler.
Periodic inspections are not the only best way to provide your home or property peace of mind, but they demonstrate to your customer, guest or lessee your commitment to their comfort in a bug free environment. One can imagine the frustration of someone who brings a bed bug problem home to family and friends. This frustration has led to litigation and again there is no better way to demonstrate commitment to preventing these issues than having a bed bug inspection policy in place.
At Tight Sleep we are committed to providing peace of mind. Our commitment to quality and service gives you the assurance of providing a bug free environment. Please call with any questions and to set up an appointment to meet one of our dogs and handlers.

Joint Statement on Bed Bug Control in the United States from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) developed this document to highlight emerging public health issues associated with bed bugs (Cimex lectularius) in communities throughout the United States. Download the full article here.
Life Cycle of the Bed Bug

Bed Bugs undergo gradual metamorphosis which means they start out as an egg, hatch into a nymph and then shed exoskeletons five time into adulthood. Adults can lay 10-50 eggs that hatch in 6-17 days. This means that as many as 100 insects in the first month of infestation.

Hidden Bed Bugs

Due to the nesting habits of the Bed Bug, Preventative Measures are difficult to implement. The Bed Bugs are not easy to detect, they lay dormant behind Baseboards and Drywall, inside Electric Outlets, Box Springs and in the folds of any Mattress. They also will nest in any cracks or joints of any furniture.

Bed Bug Colony

A typical bed bug colony showing nymphs, male and female adults, eggs, and fecal remains. Large colonies are characterized by a distinctive, unpleasant odor.

Bed Bug Bite

Bedbugs are equipped with piercing, sucking mouthparts, but are not considered to be disease carriers. The piercing mouthparts consist of two stylets. One stylet allows the bedbug to ingest blood from the host; through the other, saliva is injected into the feeding location. It is the saliva that can cause the familiar swelling and irritation on the outer skin of the host