Bed Bug Infestation Detection: Which Methods Should You Use?

Posted on Jul 10 2018 - 1:00am by Business Day TV

a bed bugBed bugs only come out to feed at the wee hours of the night, when you are fast asleep. Additionally, they are very tiny, as they only grow a few millimeters in both width and length, making their detection quite a laborious task.

Since pest control is a no mean feat, your local exterminator company is likely to apply pest control methods, such as heat treatment to get rid of the bed bugs. However, prevention is always better than cure. That said, you may use the following strategies to detect the presence of bed bugs in your house, in case you fear there are any.

Active Devices​

These devices are meant to lure bed bugs into a particular location with the intention of tracking, monitoring, and eliminating them. CO2 heated gas, as well as other chemicals, are used to lure the bugs. These materials are best used for confirmation of an infestation, ahead of a professional pest removal.

Passive Devices​

These devices are strategically placed in areas that you suspect are harboring bed bugs. The passive nature of these devices implies that they do not lure the bugs out of their hiding places; instead, they hope the bugs will randomly wander into the setup device. Passive devices can either kill or trap bed bugs.

Canine Scent Detection​

This method involves the use of dogs to detect an infestation. The dogs used are highly trained in bed bug infestation detection, and they are always more accurate than a human visual bed bug detection inspection. That said, canine scent detection can be used to unleash the bugs hidden all over your home.

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Your local exterminator should offer the above and other bed bug detection options. However, note that no one option is perfect for all types of infestations. A little research will go a long way in the bug’s elimination process before scheduling a professional bed bug inspection and extermination.