Best DIY Bed Bug Inspection Methods & Professional Bed Bug Detection

Cimexlectularius and Cimex Hemipterus… they are the stuff of nightmares and something our mother’s always hoped that wouldn’t bite us as we slept tight. We are talking, of course, about the bed bug, horrible insects that, should a bed bug bite for a little tasty blood meal, it is time to take swift action with high levels of pest control. This is because one small bed bug bite can soon transform into seemingly never ending waves of bed bug infestations.

DIY Methods of Bed Bug

The detection of bed bugs during the earliest stages of an infestation is critically important to the swiftness and effectiveness of how it is dealt with. A bed bug infestation’s earliest stages can be identified by a small number of bites from adult bed bugs especially along the waistline, means insignificant numbers of bed bugs are present, thus yielding people a wide-open opportunity to easily destroy the bug population before developing into an unmanageable epidemic requiring outside pest management professionals who are experts at pest control for all bed bug treatments and other pests.

Other than the actual bites that can be incredibly itchy, bed bug detection tools and methods are available in a wide-range of options from rudimentary measures to high-tech bug detection instruments that individuals can use in lieu of consulting with an expensive extermination company for bed bug elimination. The most important aspect of these tools is that they can locate beg bug eggs and they can be eliminated before it becomes a full-blown bed bug infestation.

Read On Below To Learn About The Many Bed Bug Detection Tools And Methods Available Today.

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Visual inspections for adult bed bug insects, the nymphs, and the eggs remain the most ubiquitous and commonly used method of detection today. Without requiring outside professional expertise or costly high-tech bedbug detection devices, individuals can easily check for the presence of bed bugs with a keen eye and a few simple tools such as a flashlight, credit card, and a magnifying glass—and ultimately bed bug spray or other bed bug killer.

Performing simple cursory checks of the most common bed bug hiding places is an easy and effective way for individuals to safeguard against the ability of bedbug populations to multiply exponentially. Listed Below Is An Easy-To-View Chart That Details The Most Common Areas To Perform Simple, Cursory Checks For Growing Bed Bug Populations:

In and around the bed, its frame, and mattress

Thoroughly unfolding blankets and sheets to inspect for bed bug blood spot stains

Inspecting crevices, creases in fabric, and cracks with a flashlight, magnifying glass, and credit card

Performing a visual sweep of a room’s perimeter, making sure to check baseboards and floor edges

Checking the bed frame’s feet and posts in addition to the floor directly underneath the bed

Search for bed bugs, in addition to blood stains, shed skins, and fecal matter in various sizes

Doing a comprehensive visual sweep for any evidence of bed bug activity

Inspecting areas where individuals spend significant time including, but not limited to, chairs, recliners, couches/sofas

In and around, as well as under alarm clocks and other table-top electronics

Checking behind loose, peeling wallpaper and paint

In and around, as well as under table lamps

Around ceiling corners in rooms suspected of infestation

Visual frontal sweeps of picture frames as well as behind

In and around door and window frames

Dressers, nightstands, and other bedroom furniture’s corners and cracks should be thoroughly inspected for hiding bed bug populations

Between the folds and creases in curtains and drapes

While visual inspections remain the most common and easy bedbug detection tool available today, they can prove to be unreliable due to the bedbug’s ability to hide easily in slim and narrow cracks that are neither readily apparent nor easy to check. As a result of the unreliability of visual inspections, many high-performing, more intuitive bedbug seeking devices have emerged on the market.

Listed Below Are Some Of The Latest Bedbug Detection Tools Available On The Market Today:

Bed Bug Inspection and Detection

Canine Scent Detection: A popular detection method that is highly effective at detecting growing bedbug populations in their earliest stages. Canine Scent Detection often discovers the existence of bedbugs after a failed visual inspection. With success rates averaging at around 95%, this detection method is immensely popular with individuals looking for an effective detection tool.

Passive-Interception Monitor Devices: Situated under the legs of beds, chairs, and other furniture, Passive Interception Devices intercept migrating bedbugs and traps them within a smooth and slipper walled trapping mechanism.

Nightwatch Bedbug Monitor and Detector: This innovative bedbug monitor with detector has the unique ability to self-activate and check for the existence of bedbugs from up to five feet of placement from the device. The five-foot placement offers an effective detector radius and offers a full coverage sweep of the immediate area for bed bugs. More costly than Passive Interception Devices, the Nightwatch Bedbug Monitor with Detector device is preferred by many individuals for its ability to be utilized in classic bedbug areas.

Commercially-Manufactured Active Bedbug Monitoring Devices: Using the element of carbon dioxide affords individualsthe ability to seek out and destroy bed bug populations in highly effective ways. Many of the Commercially-Manufactured Active Bedbug Monitoring Devices will use chemical lures and heat along with carbon dioxide for maximum efficiency. Only two Commercially-Manufactured Active Bedbug Monitoring Devices are available on the market: FMC’s Verifi Bed Bug Detector and the Biosensory Bed Bug Device.

DIY (Do-It-Yourself)Detectors, Monitors, and Devices: Many simple, rudimentary monitoring devices can be made to effectively seek out and verify the existence of burgeoning bed bug populations in their earliest stages. A popular DIY method for individuals seeking a bare-bones, no-frills method that requires little to no cost involves using a dog food bowl, dry ice, and masking tape, along with an insulated container. This incredibly affordable and simplebowl device yields impressive results in capturing and killing bed bugs, as well as cutting off the ability of bed bug populations to multiply.

As shown above, there is a myriad of ways for individuals to affordably, effectively, and easily detect the presence of breeding bedbug populations. Critically important to fend off the possibility of an increasingly larger bug population, do it yourself bed bug detection and monitoring measures range from the simple and cheap to high-performance premium products that offer a range of detection capabilities for the many rooms within your home.

Regardless of the do it yourself detection devices and tools that you choose to embark upon your bedbug endeavors, the detection of bugs within your home is an imperative measure that must be undertakenin order to effectively combat the future possibility of an all-out infestation that may prove to be beyond your control.

Despite any individual’s best efforts, bedbug populations sometimes prove to be too cumbersome to fight. With the assistance of professional exterminators, you can rest assured that the bedbug infestation you are experiencing will soon become a remnant of the past, along with the stresses associated with it.

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