We had two new pest identification quandries recently that I believe reflect the importance of pest identification before you take active pest control steps. In these case both homeowners started disposing of their property before the problem was diagnosed or treated.
A homeowner called our company because they were having a problem getting rid of a food storage pest. Powder kept showing up in the cabinets even though they got rid of all their dry goods like pasta and flour, and they cleaned the cabinets after the disposal. Mike, our inspector found more of the same powder in the cabinets after continuous attempts to solve this pest infestation themselves. Under the microscope the powder reveals an important detail about these pests.
Under magnification it is easy to see the conical dimples- the "tell-tale" signs of drywood termite litter. This was not a food storage pest at all. The wood that makes up the cabinets had termites.
A recent inspection by Joe had a similar act first, ask questions later approach. A homeowner had already disposed of a bed and bed-side table for what she thought was bed bugs. Pictures of the pest confirm it was bed bugs.
Problem with this act first approach was the furniture could have been saved. She thought by disposing of the furniture she could eliminate the problem herself. Bed bugs feed on us where we are seditary and then flee to safe hiding places. Bed bugs don't necessarily hide exclusively in the bed. The best pest control solution here is proper detection using our canine scent inspection and heat treatment in those infested spaces. She has been battling this problem for too long and now the infestation has all life stages of bed bugs and possibly a larger area to treat. Not to mention the potential to spread these nuisance pests to other places.
Call a pest professional early to keep these problem from becoming more complicated. In these cases it was possible EnSec could have saved these customers money by saving their personal property before they acted.
Here is a recent picture of an insect we trapped on our EnSec glue board in effort to properly identify a customer's pest problem. This image was taken under a microscope. Above the specimen picture are two possible identifying pictures to compare likely subjects.
These images help convey an important fact: Even with professional tools proper indentification can be difficult. A proper pest management plan requires positive identification. One of these pests infests when humidity gets too high. One of these pests requires a blood meal from a host like you.
Please get a professional opinion before any pest managment techniques are employeed, especially if the circumstances lead to treating sensitive areas like your bed! We have seen customers throw their furniture away and worse before a professional opinion has been rendered. If you encounter a pest infestation, don't jump to conclusions. Don't just spray something out of a bottle hoping it will go away. When infestations happen it can affect your health and wallet one way or another.
This is a booklouse not a bed bug.