EPA recommends using a comprehensive approach to address bed bug infestations Integrated pest management combined with the use of pesticides is a must! However, beware of misleading marketing ploys making false claims which will not solve the problem.
Bed Bugs Appearance and Life Cycle Knowing what to look for is the first step in identifying and controlling bed bugs. There are many bugs that look like bed bugs so an accurate identification is a critical first step to avoid costly treatment for the wrong bug.
Controlling bed bugs is complex. Using an integrated pest management (IPM) approach incorporates both non-chemical and pesticide methods. Success depends on the extent of the infestation, clutter on site, and resident participation.
Desperate, they contact the EPA, and are referred to a Bed Bug expert in their Region - me. The first thing I do is calm them down and reassure them that there is hope. They can get rid of bed bugs. By sharing this story that crossed my desk, I hope to help others in similar situations. Sean e-mailed me; "We are convinced we have bed bugs.
During its lifetime, a bed bug will go through the following stages (Starting from the top left, moving counterclockwise): Eggs (1mm). 1st stage nymph (1.5 mm). 2nd stage nymph (2 mm). 3rd stage nymph (2.5 mm). 4th stage nymph (3 mm). 5th stage nymph (4.5 mm). Unfed adult female.
EPA has developed a search tool that can help you choose an EPA-registered bed bug product that meets your needs. We cannot provide specific pesticide use recommendations.The products listed in this search tool are those that can be purchased by any consumer.