How to Test for Bed Bugs

How to Test for Bed Bugs

Bed bugs usually come into one’s house from outside. They can be brought in through baggage, clothing, laundry from the commercial laundromat, and second-hand furniture. Once they get into your home, they will start infesting and spreading. Neglecting their presence will make it more frustrating and tiring to get rid of them.

The following are different ways you can test for the presence of bed bugs:

1.     Visual Inspection

You need to look for these pests and see live bugs in your home. Aside from the signs of bed bugs, you’ll also notice a heavily infested spot because of the smell from colonies of bed bugs hiding in one area. Also, bed bug bites are clear indications that there are already nymphs or adult bed bugs feeding off you.

When searching for them, it is important that you always look for places that aren't touched, moved, or disturbed regularly. Some of these areas include loose wallpaper, cracks, and crevices on your wall and bed frame. If you find bed bugs on your bed’s frame, you should immediately check your mattress seams and the entire mattress as well as the box spring for bloodstains and other signs of these pests.

The only disadvantage of this procedure is that it requires labour, focus, and time to find the signs and the bed bugs.

2.     Active Devices

These devices are used to lure bed bugs for tracking and monitoring purposes. It can also help in eliminating the bugs. Bed bugs are attracted to these devices because of the heat, CO2 and other chemicals used. They are a useful part of the treatment process to confirm an infestation prior to using treatments.

 3.     Passive Devices

These are popular devices that aid in bed bug control. They are set up in potential hiding places, waiting for bed bugs to get in or wander near it for them to be killed or trapped. However, relying on these traps alone is not enough to control an infestation. These are best used along with other treatments to get the best results.

4.     DIY Solutions

If you don’t want a bed bug infestation to ruin your budget, you can turn to the use of popular DIY solutions. Most of these solutions are focused on preventative measures rather than killing bed bugs.

5.     Canine Detection

 Aside from devices, most pest exterminators use canines to detect bed bugs. The canines look for these pests through their scent and help exterminators find where they are hiding. 

With these methods in mind, you should have an idea on what you can use for testing the presence of bed bugs in your home.

We have a wide range of bed bug traps that you can use to actively detect bed bugs. Our active and passive traps are all easy to use and effective in luring bed bugs and trapping them to confirm their presence.

Among the popular bed bug traps, we have our bed bug interceptors, which actively trap bed bugs with yourself as the host. These prevent bed bugs from reaching you, thus stopping the bites you may get every night.

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