Addison's Bed Bug Inspection

One of Addison’s Pest Control Specialists performing an inspection.

One of Addison’s Pest Control Specialists performing an inspection.

Have you?

  • Been experiencing minor to severe skin bumps, welts or irritations that you can’t explain?

  • Found one or more, live or dead bed bugs or bugs you don’t recognize?

  • Discovered that your neighbours, friends or family members have been exposed to a bed bug infestation recently?

Here’s what to expect from Addison's Broad Spectrum Inspection:

  • Our priorities: thoroughness, clarity, honesty

  • We inspect for a wide range of pests: bed bugs, carpet beetles, cockroaches, mites, fleas, ants, wasps and more.

  • We will answer all your questions and provide a no-obligation quote on the spot

  • We arrive to every inspection prepared to perform a full treatment to get rid of your problem the very same day.

  • Inspection fee goes towards the cost of a treatment.

  • Flexible scheduling with 24/7 same-day service throughout the GTA.

Addison has...

  • Decades of experience

  • A trusted track record

  • All-inclusive warranty

  • Comprehensive customer service

  • Rigorously trained technicians

  • Tried and tested extermination methods

  • The safest, most effective insecticides



Bed bug inspections are the key to active infestation prevention.

Bed Bugs have been on the rise since the early 1990s.In the GTA we have seen a huge spike in bed bug infestations over the past 15 years. Some of the factors contributing to the spread of bed bugs throughout the city are:

  • Not everyone reacts to bed bug bites, which can make spotting an infestation in the early stages a major challenge.

  • Increasingly dense living conditions

  • public stigma

  • ineffective pest control companies

  • irresponsible slumlords

  • increased international leisure travel




  • Bed bug “bites” are an allergic skin reaction to the anticoagulant and anaesthetic agents in bed bug saliva

  • About 30% of people are not allergic to bed bug saliva

  • Therefore 1 in 3 people shows NO skin reaction when bed bugs draw their blood


Do-It-Yourself Bed Bug Inspections


If you know what you are looking for a thorough visual inspection is the most reliable way to spot an infestation even in its earliest stages.

Bed bugs can be very stealthy pests, however, and spotting the early warning signs of an infestation often takes the experienced eye of a professional pest control professional. Call us to book an inspection service, we can almost always get there the same day.

What you'll need to do a bed bug inspection:

  • flashlight

  • small spray bottle

  • magnifying glass

  • Latex gloves


What Furniture bed bugs infest:

  • Any furniture where you sit sleep or rest for more than 45 minutes per day such as couches, chairs, mattresses, box springs or bed frames.

  • Bed bugs CANNOT penetrate fabrics. They cannot live INSIDE of a mattress or pillow.

  • The less clutter and storage underneath and around the beds couches and chairs the more thorough and conclusive an inspection can be.

How to Inspect for Bed Bugs:

  • Use Your flashlight to look carefully at every surface on the or close to furniture where you spend 45+ minutes per day.

  • Focus especially on cracks, folds, seams and corners.

  • You will need to prop up your mattress and box spring and flip over your couches and chairs.

Focus on the the surface and seams in these places:

  • the bottom of the mattress

  • box spring: always pull off the dust cover, and check the plastic cups at the corner

  • bed slats

  • bed frame

  • the head board: front and back

  • the underside, cracks and drawer tracks of side tables

  • all items in storage bins or drawers underneath the bed

  • folds of the bed skirt

  • baseboards around the bed

  • electrical sockets around the bed

  • picture frames hanging above the bed

  • curtains close to the bed

  • couches

  • lazyboys

  • office chairs 

  • any piece of furniture within 4 feet of beds or couches

What You’re Looking For

  1. Bed Bug Fecal Markings

    • Round dark rusty-brown dots about the size of a pinhead clustered around areas of activity

    • Bed bug feces dried blood

    • If you wet these spots with wyour spray bottle they will leave a smear marking

  2. Bed Bug Eggs

    • Glassy white and oblong in shape

    • Often be clustered together in a protected area close to the bed or couch surface

    • Bed bug eggs hatch within 10-14 days

  3. Bed bug Nymphal Skins

    • wispy exoskeleton casing

    •  light tan trasluscent colour.

  4. Bed Bug Nymphs

    • Nymphs are smaller and lighter in colour than adult bugs

    • They can be smaller than one millimeter about the size of a grain of salt

    • If nymphs have fed they have a dark red dot on their interior

  5. Live Adult Bed Bugs

    • Adult bed bugs are about the size and shape of an apple seed

    • An oblong abdomen that narrows towards their back end

    • Bed bugs have a single pair of antennae, and a pair of wing pads.

    • They have a  series of horizontal segments along their dorsum that will expand when they are full of blood



What you need to know for an effective bed bug treatment

If you  suspect you have a bed bug infestation clear and complete information is the first step to getting rid of them. Here are a few facts, myths, and tips that will help you to  make a well informed decision about what to do next.



Bed Bugs are parasites:

  • They feed exclusively on mammalian blood.

  • Bed bugs will hide and lay eggs as close as possible to places where we  sleep or sit for more than 45 minutes per day.

  • They seek out hiding spots that are dark, sheltered, undisturbed and as close as possible to the sleeping surface

  • Bed bugs will only infest the closets, dressers or bookshelves, kitchens and bathrooms when an infestation has become severe.



Bed Bugs CAN be eliminated.

  • Don’t believe the horror stories about unbeatable infestations, skyrocketing pest control fees, throwing out precious furniture, eviction or endless bed bug recurrences.

  • Most of these stories are the result of irresponsible or ineffective pest control companies

  • DO NOT throw out your bed! This will NOT eliminate the infestation.

  • Efficient, safe and complete bed bug remediation requires a varied, thorough, professional treatment.

Check out our treatment process above for more details about our method.



Bed Bugs can infest anyone, but not everybody reacts to bites

  • Not everyone reacts to bed bug bites.

  • The bites are allergic reactions to chemicals in bed bug saliva that they inject as they draw a blood meal.

  • Up to 30% of people show no skin reaction to bed bug bites.

  • Any home can become infested with bed bugs

  • Cleanliness, new furniture, new buildings do not protect you from bed bugs

  • If you have less clutter and check your mattress often you will be more likely to spot an infestation in the early stages.



Bed Bugs are stealthy pests:

  • Can infest for months without being seen

  • Can hide deep inside a crevice in the bed frame or box spring, inside boxes and storage under the bed, or even inside a wall socket or power bar.

  • Emerge when we are asleep

  • Pick up on increased CO2 output, increased body heat, decreased body mobility and ambient darkness which tell them it is safe to come out of hiding and feed.



Bed Bugs don’t spread disease

  • Unlike mosquitoes and ticks, bed bugs DO NOT transmit communicable diseases.


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