How to Detect Bed Bugs
Wondering whether you might be dealing with a bed bug infestation? Bed bugs are very small and some people don’t react at all to their bites, making it even more difficult to detect these pests. However, identifying a bed bug infestation early on can make all the difference, so here are some signs to look for if you are afraid you might have a problem:
Bites or a rash-like irritation on your skin. While these bites could be caused by other insects or skin conditions, they do signal that you should do some further investigating.
Red stain your sheets and mattress. These stains are caused when bed bugs are crushed.
Dark spots, about the size of pencil lead, on fabrics. Bed bugs release excrement that can also stain fabrics.
Eggs and shells. As bed bugs develop, they shed their skin and eventually lay more eggs. While these are incredibly small, you may notice them accumulating.
Finally, adult bed bugs. These pests while find their way into practically any crack they can find, but one of their favorite places is in sheets and along the seams of mattresses and box springs. If you have a significant infestation, you will be able to see adult bed bugs and stains in these areas.
Tools for Detecting Bed Bugs
In addition to doing a visual inspection, there are other ways to accurately detect bed bugs. Active bed bug monitors effectively set a trap for the bugs by replicating their favorite food source: you. These traps emit carbon dioxide and heat, which are the two main signals that bed bugs look for to find humans. Since bed bugs prefer to come out at night, these monitors can be used to lure them out and diagnose an infestation.
There are also passive traps that are placed under bed posts. Bed bugs may be expert hitchhikers, but they have trouble climbing vertically, especially on smooth surfaces. These traps take advantage of this knowledge to trap bed bugs. Keep in mind that these tools are simply meant to detect the pests and won’t be useful in exterminating them.
Perhaps the best tool for detecting bed bugs is a trained dog. Canines have a reputation for excellent scent detection abilities and extermination companies are putting this skill to work. While dogs can make mistakes, they provide a great tool for detecting infestations.
Early Detection is Key
If you have noticed any of the signs mentioned above, don’t wait any longer to go through the detection process and start tackling your bed bug problem. These pests can spread quickly and addressing an infestation early on will save you time and money while also allowing you to sleep comfortably.
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