How to Make Bed Bugs Come Out of Hiding
Aside from being good hitchhikers, bed bugs are good at hiding. Without checking for signs and and a thorough inspection, you may not notice that you are already having an early case of a bed bug infestation in your home. Whether you have a full-blown infestation or a low-key one, finding and catching them is the most challenging task you will experience.
They love to settle in areas that are rarely touched or disturbed like cracks, crevices, bed frames, wooden furniture and even in wardrobes. Cleaning every nook and cranny in your home is not enough since these insects are resilient. If you ever leave out their eggs or spread nymphs to other parts of your home, expect a bigger infestation to happen.
Can't Find Where the Bed Bugs Are Hiding? Here are Ways to Make Them Come Out!
Fortunately, there are things you can do to make these bed bugs come out of their hiding places. Some of which are the following:
- Bed bugs usually come out at night. So, take advantage of the usual time when they crawl out of their hiding spots. Once you see where they are coming from, you can treat these areas with heat.
Move beds away from the walls and use active traps like our BeapCo 6-hour CO2 trap. It has a 6-hour window of detection using CO2 and heat, which will attract bed bugs and trap them on the glue cartridge. You can vacate your room and put this on top of your bed or nearby furniture to attract the bed bugs.
What brings bed bugs out of hiding is the heat and CO2 that the body releases when sleeping. These are emitted by the trap, which will make the bed bugs climb up to reach the source of heat and CO2, but will fall inside the trap and get stuck in the glue paper. What makes our 6-hour trap worth trying? It comes with refills, which makes it possible to continuously monitor and trap bed bugs whenever they come out to feed on you.
- A steamer is also a good option when trying to kill bed bugs in your bed, furniture or couch. You can also use it on the walls and other parts of your home. The steamer may not exactly pass through the area where the pests are hiding, but the heat emitted can make them come out of hiding and look for another hiding spot.
What draws bed bugs out of hiding is heat, as it is an indicator that their host is nearby. They will most likely stay a few meters away from the source and venture out when they are going to feed. Among our popular traps, one of them which makes these pests come out is the Beacon. It provides two weeks of continuous detection, which will attract bed bugs continuously and allow you to monitor the severity of the infestation.
You simply need to set it up in an area where you think bed bugs are hiding and they will be attracted to the small amounts of CO2 emitted by the trap. Slowly, bed bugs will come out and travel towards the unit. They will be trapped inside and help you identify how serious the infestation is. The fact that it comes with refills makes it more convenient to use for a few more weeks until you finally get rid of them or find out if the treatment you got is effective or not.
- Wash untouched, stored, or stocked clothes on high heat. When washing your clothes, always put the setting on the hottest temperature. This is necessary for both washing and drying your clothes. The higher the temperature, the higher the chance of killing both adult bed bugs and their eggs.
If any of these fail or doesn’t work as expected, you can always use other bed bug lures in your home.
Other Tools to Lure Bed Bugs Out of Their Hiding Places
When trying to lure bed bugs out of their hiding spots, there is nothing wrong with using several tools at once. Our Surge has up to 90 days of active detection that will give you the ease of trapping as many bed bugs as possible, in a discreet manner. It works by attracting bed bugs with the heat it emits. When bed bugs climb in, they will become trapped in the glue paper inside the surge. You can place it in areas where you think bed bugs are hiding.
As with our other active detection traps, Surge comes with refills to get a replacement glue cartridge when needed. With its 90 days active detection, you can make sure that bed bugs hiding anywhere in your room, office, or any part of your home will come out and become trapped in this product.
With the right tools, it is easy for you to make bed bugs come out of their hiding places and capture them using active detection traps. Should you have any questions or would like to know more about these traps, feel free to contact us via email or phone and our bed bug experts will assist you with your concerns.
- Sheila Nicole