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Environmental Swabs used to detect Bed Bug and other Insects using PCR Testing


The following information and testing may be an option when the insect or arthropod is not seen and the location HAS NEVER had the insect or arthropod before. This may be a less expensive alternative to having a canine inspect the location and far more accurate than just a visible inspection. Magic Pest Management can use this technique for NYC residents, including Manhattan, Queens, Brooklyn, the Bronx, and Nassau County of Long Island.

Many unseen things can be detected using today's powerful new tools for forensic testing, such as PCR. DNA is extremely stable, and can be detected long after the organism has entered the environment, even if it is no longer viable. A dry sterile swab rubbed across areas to be tested will collect DNA, which can then be detected to identified any potential problems, from bed bugs in the master bedroom to various other arthropods.

Testing is available to virtually anyone wishing to identify what is in his or her environment. Pet owners, homeowners, hobbyists and breeders, hotels, property managers, veterinarians, and others can all screen for a variety of pests and diseases with ease. Sampling requires no handling of animals or insects and is totally pain free!

Magic Pest Management will:

  1. Open only a single swab at a time for each test area. Multiple swabs are at an extra cost.
  2. Rubbing the swab in the general or suspect area for testing and then placing the swab back into individual protective holder or plastic bag and send to the lab.
  3. The results are sent to us and then sent to the client in approximately 72 hours.

Common sense is a good way to determine the areas to be tested. For example, when testing for bed bugs, swab around the bed and mattress to pick up bed bug DNA.

Understanding Your Results

Real-time PCR results are reported from our laboratory as Positive, or Negative.

A Positive result indicates that the organism is present, due to the presence of the DNA.

A Negative result indicates that the organism is NOT present in the tested area or room.

Why Use PCR tests for Environmental Screening?

Speed. Sampling the suspected areas can be performed in a matter of minutes using common sense and readily available household items. The sample can be sent overnight to the laboratory and results obtained in as little as 72 hours.

Cost. This inexpensive method of detection is significantly less than the cost of calling a canine inspecting company to come out to examine the property and far more accurate than having a pest control company just performing a visual inspection.

Accuracy. DNA testing is over 99.9% accurate! No other method can even come close every time.

Peace of Mind. The #1 reason for DNA detection is peace of mind. Know for sure if you have a problem such as a bed bug infestation or if your pet is at risk from diseases in the environment.

How Does Bed Bug DNA Detection Work?

As bed bugs (Cimex lectularius) develop from egg to larval to adult stage, they leave behind genetic clues of their presence in dust and on household surfaces: bed bug DNA is present in their egg casings, molted exoskeleton, and in their feces.

Magic Pest Mangement LLC uses a sterile swab to collect samples from the edge of mattresses, behind headboards, in piles of books or papers, or any household surface where bedbugs can hide away.

The swabs are sent to a Laboratory where all DNA is extracted from the collected sample. Using a set of species-specific primers, only bed bug DNA is amplified by real-time PCR and detected by the instrumentation.

Bed Bug DNA Detection is precise and sensitive. The Lab?s primers and probe have been tested against closely related species and other common household insects and are shown to only detect Cimex lectularius DNA. This analysis is capable of detecting bed bug parts in extracted dust, and a swab sample.

Within 72 hours of sampling you can get presence/absence data for bed bug DNA for the area you choose to sample.

A positive result indicates that bed bug DNA was present in the sample.

A negative result indicates that the sample did not contain any bed bug DNA.