Use all tools available when it comes to bed bugs


February 10, 2022

Chris Keefer

Dr. Chris Keefer, technical services manager at Syngenta Professional Pest Management

When managing bed bugs, use all available tools:

  • Equipment. This includes personal protective equipment (PPE) as well as a flashlight aimed at a mechanic’s mirror to see in or around furniture; a screwdriver to probe concealed areas; a camera to document findings; and a structure diagram to explain and track bed bug activity. These items are important in helping to speed up the inspection process.
  • Inspection. Interview clients; identify potential harborages; take pictures; document conducive conditions; and use monitoring devices to pinpoint activity.
  • Identification. Proper identification of Cimex lectularius — vs. a bat bug (C. pilosellus), for example — can help develop an appropriate integrated pest management plan (IPM). Use reference sources, and contact industry experts for clues about the cause of infestation.
  • Control. After inspection, determine which treatment(s) to implement, such as heat, fumigation, chemical or a combination of methods. Also consider using exclusion, mechanical and/or cultural controls.


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Technical Services Representative, Syngenta Professional Pest Management

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