Bed Bug (Cimex lectularius), qPCR
EMSL Test Code: M146
Bed Bug Testing:
Collecting Your Samples – Inspect suspected contaminated areas, usually bedding, sheets, pillows, mattresses & seams, behind headboards and picture frames, bed rails, flooring and baseboards under bed for signs of bed bugs, bed bug droppings that appear as small specks similar to ground black pepper, as well as blood drops that may be left behind after feeding.
1. Send us a bed bug in a zip lock plastic bag if you find one. Be sure to write the location on the outside of the plastic zip lock bag. (Example: Parents Bedroom)
2. If you do not find a live bug, collect your sample for bed bug DNA by swabbing or rubbing a cotton swab or Q-Tip along the areas outlined above as a collection point for your sample. Place it in a zip lock plastic bag and write the location on the outside of the plastic zip lock bag.
Note: You may swab different areas in one room with the same cotton swab or Q-Tip. To see if bed bugs are present in other rooms, take a separate swab samples and be sure to write the location on the outside of the sample bag. Each sample received by EMSL will be analyzed and billed as a separate sample.
Fill out the DNA BED BUG Chain of Custody and mail along with your samples and payment for the turnaround selected.
Attention: DNA Bed Bug Lab
EMSL Analytical, Inc.
200 Route 130 North
Cinnaminson, NJ 08077