How to Identify BED BUGS

If you have an active bed bug infestation, typically you can see an adult bed bug with the naked eye. Adults are typically about the size of an apple seed and have a reddish brown color. Immature stages of bed bugs are harder to spot with the human eye, but you may notice small translucent, white or yellowish figures that are smaller in size.


Bed Bug
Bed Bug


You may notice small reddish or rust colored spots on your mattress or bed sheets, which are bed bugs that have been crushed. Alternatively, bed bugs also may leave behind excrement that show as dark spots on your bed fabrics. 

Other signs that should not be ignored include small itchy red spots on the skin, often in a straight line, an unexplained musty odor in your home, or small dark spots on your walls.


Bed Bug Infestations increasing in New York

Bed bug infestations have grown dramatically. Just five years ago, bed bugs on Long Island, New York City, Westchester, or Rockland County were rare. Since then, bed bug infestations are up over 125%.

The National Pest Management Association’s bed bug study “Bugs Without Borders” has been tracking the trend. In 2001, only 11% of pest control companies nationwide had responded to a bed bug call. By 2011, more than 99% had dealt with bug infestations. 84% say calls for bed bug treatment are increasing.

Here are some of the top contributing factors to bed bug problems: 

82% Increased Travel

More people are traveling, and due to bed bugs' hitchhiking nature, that means travelers are picking these pests up along the way.

66% Lack of Awareness and Vigilance

Many people don't know the basics for how bed bugs are picked up, how to look for them, and how to prevent bringing them inside their homes.

Bed Bug Infestations in Commercial Properties

Bed bug infestations are not just a threat to your home. These pests move beyond beds and are now common in places of business.

90% of pest control companies have treated bed bugs in apartments, condominiums and single-family homes

80% increase in hotels and motels—up 67% between 2010 and 2011

54% increase in college dorms—up from 35% a year ago

46% increase in nursing homes—up from 25%

Bed Bug Treatment methods

Bed bug treatment methods have evolved in the last five years. Killing bed bugs can be a challenge. Bed bugs are now resistant to most pesticides. If you don’t rid of bed bugs in every life stage, from egg to adult, it will be impossible to completely exterminate a bed bug infestation. You may do more harm than good, spreading the infestation throughout your home.

Fast response is important. Don’t try to take on this pest on your own. You need to talk to a professional who has the right tools and bed bug treatment options to kill bed bugs at their first infestation site—before they spread.

Some of the new bed bug treatment techniques, ways of preventing bed bug infestations and options for getting rid of bed bugs are not only more effective than traditional methods, they are also more green and more sustainable. You will want to use a pest control company like Knockout Pest Control that has been licensed by NYS Department of Environmental Conservation. We are fully compliant with–and even exceed–all New York State and New York City Department of Health and Environmental Conservation rules, regulations, and licensing. Many of the bed bug treatment techniques we use are as green as they are effective.

Heat Treatments for Bed Bugs

Knockout Heat treatment is your first line of defense against bed bugs. With customer satisfaction as our number one goal, we offer fast, discreet, and eco-friendly solutions to your bed bug problem. Our non-toxic heat applications can be applied to specific isolated areas.

This treatment method heats the infested space and surrounding walls to a temperature above 125 degrees Fahrenheit. This kills all bed bugs and their eggs during one single treatment. Our equipment is designed specifically to spread, control, monitor heat, and distribute it into hard-to-reach spaces inside your walls, bedding, and furniture.

Key Advantages

  • Effectively kills bed bugs at all stages of life, including the eggs.
  • Efficient one-day, one-time treatment.
  • Minimum preparations are required.

Cryonite® Cooling Treatment for Bed Bugs

Cryonite is an environmentally-friendly bed bug treatment that freezes bed bugs, nymphs, larvae, and eggs in seconds, without harsh chemicals. Bed bugs never become resistant to its killing power. Cryonite is pure dry ice snow that blankets surfaces and penetrates crevices with -110°F of killing power. It instantly freezes the liquid in bed bug bodies and their eggs—killing all other insects, too. The fatal freeze vapor permeates the seams of bedding, into cracks, even into light sockets, finding bed bugs where they hide and where they nest. Because it kills bed bugs across the entire lifecycle, this bed bug treatment takes out your infestation fast. Cryonite leaves no gummy, toxic residue, The CO2 snow evaporates with scarcely a trace within minutes. It won’t damage bedding or furniture. You can even eat off treated surfaces. Because it is dry ice, you can spray it in electrical sockets and motors where traditional treatments can’t be used. You don’t need to evacuate treatment areas or even cover foodstuffs. It is safe for use around children, the elderly, and pets.

Key Advantages

  • Effectively kills bed bugs at all stages of life, including the eggs.
  • Environmentally-friendly treatment, using no harsh chemicals.
  • Evaporates in minutes, leaving no gummy or toxic residues.

K9 Detection Services by Certified Bed Bug Detection Dogs

Finding bed bugs is the first step in getting rid of them, but finding them is never easy. Even for professionals, the job of searching every possible hiding place can be time consuming. The use of a trained bed bug dog can slash the time and cost of bed bug inspections. Early detection makes all the difference. Our bed bug detection dogs can sniff out the presence of a bed bug from several feet away, wherever it may be hiding—whether in a mattress or behind a wall. The dog’s trained sense of smell detects the distinctive molecular signature left by adult or even nymph bed bugs down to 500 parts per trillion. Bed bug detection dogs can inspect your home in minutes, saving time and money, pinpointing an infestation and ensuring your home is bed bug free on following visits. Knowing exactly where bed bugs are hiding helps us apply the right bed bug treatment in the right place. Unlike other pest control companies, we use an independent company, so there is no financial incentive to “find” bed bugs that are not there. If you have the slightest suspicion you might have bed bugs, schedule an inspection before they can take hold.

Key Advantages

  • Fast inspection in minutes to determine a bed bug problem.
  • Precise pinpointing of the problem areas to treat where necessary.
  • Evaporates in minutes, leaving no gummy or toxic residues.

ClimbUp™ Bed Bug Interceptors

ClimbUp™ bed bug interceptors are a helpful tool for protecting against bed bug infestations and for monitoring your home for potential bed bug problems. Bed bugs are poor climbers. ClimbUp cups are plastic dishes you can place under bed posts or the legs of furniture. The bugs are attracted by your warmth, carbon dioxide and blood. When they try to climb into bed with you, they can easily get over the outer edge of the cup. Then they end up in the inner depression of the cup–the pitfall trap–only to find that the inner surface is slippery and vertical. They can’t continue to climb into your bed and they can’t climb out of the cup. Using ClimbUp cups is easy. Place them under the feet of furniture you use often. Be sure your furniture is not touching walls and that bedding and blankets are not touching the floor or walls so that you deny bed bugs alternate ways up and in. Contact us to purchase your ClimbUp traps.

Key Advantages:

  • Protect from bed bugs searching for a meal
  • Identify if bed bugs are present in your home–they get stuck in the trap where you can see them.
  • Assess if bed bug treatments are working.
  • Becomes your early warning system–you can even travel with them.

Conventional Bed Bug Treatment

We apply insecticides thoroughly to furniture, beds, frames, seams, mattresses, box springs, baseboards, etc. Some preparation is required.


Getting rid of bed bugs by yourself is almost impossible. Unless you are using the right tools and know what you are doing, exterminating bed bugs is frustrating. Knockout Pest Control uses the latest technologies and knows how to combat resistance in bed bugs.

Bed bugs are a serious problem that requires choosing the most qualified help you can find. Knockout Pest Control exceeds the New York licensing requirements with both QualityPro and Quality Pro Green ratings, awarded to fewer than 10% of pest control companies nationwide. You are assured of:

  • Employee screening, hiring practices, and comprehensive background and reference checks
  • Rigorous financial responsibility criteria
  • Service vehicle and employee appearance requirements
  • Job safety and environmental stewardship obligations regarding pesticide handling and use
  • Integrity, accuracy, and clarity in marketing, advertising, and warranty conditions
  • Provision for comprehensive technician training in integrated pest management including inspection, pest identification, the establishment of threshold levels for pest activity, appropriate application of control and management measures, and effectiveness evaluation, with testing and certification to a standard in excess of New York licensing requirements.

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If you find yourself with a Bed Bug Infestation, we can knock them down for the count. Our innovative, GREEN treatments, like Cryonite, and our extensive knowledge in dealing with Bed Bugs will eliminate your problem.We respond like every pest problem is an emergency with fast, 24 hour service seven days a week.

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