After a long break from the public eye, bed bugs are back in the spotlight. These pests can be found in a variety of places and may be closer than you think. From high-end hotels to nursing homes and residential settings, these persistent pests like to travel and easily hitchhike from location to location on luggage, clothing and other items. The recent resurgence of bed bugs can be accredited to an increased resistance to traditional pesticides, ineffective pest control practices and more frequent world-wide travel.

Characteristics of Bed Bugs

  • Size: 1 – 5 mm (1/16 inches to 3/16 inches) long.
  • They are oval shaped and reddish brown in colour
  • They feed on blood and can live up to one year on a single feeding
  • They don’t carry disease but their bites can cause severe allergic reactions. Many people don’t react to their bites at all.
  • Bed bugs are mainly nocturnal and live close to their food source – YOU!
  • They are highly attracted to heat and carbon dioxide
  • A female will lay 2 – 5 eggs per day – up to 500 in her lifetime
  • A bed bug takes 4 – 5 weeks to grow from an egg to an adult.

Not just in your bed…

Don’t just throw out your mattress and hope the problem is gone. These critters live within striking distance of where you sleep which can be up to 20 feet away in areas such as:

  • Bed frames
  • Headboards
  • Mattresses and box springs
  • Under baseboards and behind window trim
  • Near electrical outlets and electronics
  • Dressers and night tables
  • Behind picture frames

They’ll hide in these areas in the day time, waiting to ambush you at night!

Signs of Bed Bugs

  • Bites on skin
  • Reddish-brown stains on bed sheets
  • Dark fecal stains on sheets, mattress or box spring
  • Eggs (white, 1 mm long)
  • Cast skins shed by bed bugs as they grow


Every bed bug treatment is different. At Progressive Pest Control, our highly experienced technicians will customize a treatment program tailored to your specific needs. We use a combination of techniques to reduce the population of bed bugs immediately and provide long-term protection against a re-infestation.

First, we use a high powered, HEPA filtered vacuum to remove all accessible bed bugs.   The next step is to apply steam to harbourage areas and nurseries in order to kill both adults and eggs. This is followed by an application of Health Canada approved pesticides to provide ongoing control until all of the insects have been eliminated. Once your treatment program is complete, we will return and inspect your location to ensure that the insects are gone. If some persist, then we will make additional visits until your home is bed bug-free.

Our combined techniques reduce resistance in pest populations with an amazing success rate.