You may not know anything about bed bugs
and their true nature, but you probably at least know they are cryptic pests. You might even know they like to hide in and around the mattress, hence the name. You’ve probably also heard tales of them feeding on humans. This is all well and good information, but it is just that starting point. You’ll have to arm yourself with more than just this if you want to successfully eliminate these pests from your property and keep them gone for the foreseeable future.
To be honest, it can be a major hassle just determining whether you are dealing with a bed bug
infestation or not. Just because some of the signs are there or you are waking up in the middle of the night with bite marks, it doesn’t guarantee that you are indeed dealing with bed bugs. You could have mites. Maybe a case of fleas, as the bites show up on similar locations and even give off a similar appearance. It almost takes procuring a sample of the specimen to just determine your suspicions.
With their quick wits, small profile, and commonly colored bodies, this will be a task more difficult than you’d expect. Combine this with the fact that these pests will go out of their way to avoid detection, and you’ll see exactly why you need to know how to force them out of hiding.
Do I Have Bed Bugs? Help Me Procure A Sample!
With the right tools and information, you can successfully procure a bed bug
sample. Of course, it won’t be easy, but it will be possible, and it’ll get you on to the next step. Here’s how you’ll want to get started with this arduous journey:
- You must understand that bed bugs go out of their way to avoid detection. They are a path of less resistance kind of pest, meaning they will only be active when you are asleep. Of course, you can just place traps and lures in strategic locations and let the devices work their magic, but you will have to be careful about when you place them. These bugs are smart enough to recognize what you are doing and remember the traps are there. Sounds crazy, right? Unfortunately, this is the case and why you’ll want to do your work when the bugs are inactive. This will be when you are supposed to be awake and active. So, if you sleep at night, you will want to start the process during the day when you are awake and active.
- When you know the time of day or night to start work, you’ll want to begin by moving the bed and bedroom furniture away from the wall. Relocating the furniture like this will allow you to dictate the path in which the bugs will travel to access you. Just keep in mind, this will only work for the bugs that haven’t currently taken up residence in the mattress, but there are other traps available for these pests.
- With the beds and furniture relocated, you’ll be able to place lures and traps under the feet of the bed and furniture. In theory, this forces the bugs to travel through the devices before accessing you. You want them to enter the trap but not exit.
- As far as traps go, you will have a handful available to you. However, if you are looking for cost-efficient and effective, you will want to opt for the dish device. This device installs under the feet of the furniture and is designed like a dish. When the bugs enter, they’ll find themselves unable to exit. They’ll essentially be trapped in the device.
- Along with the dish device, you’ll also have the CO2 and heat lures available. These traps work with a similar theory in mind, but the major difference here is, these devices emit either heat or CO2 to lure the bugs. There are even combination traps that will emit both heat and CO2 just to add another layer of enticement. Some traps will also include glue paper instead of the dish design. Whatever trap you choose, the end results should be the same, trapped bed bugs!
Utilize Everything At Your Disposal
Bed bugs are extremely cryptic, resilient, and possess an unmatched tenacity. Therefore, it is best to throw everything you can at them. Any good pest management professional will employ a handful of methods when detecting and eliminating bed bugs. With this in mind, one of the best tools you have available to you is a highly trained exterminator. These individuals will have experience in dealing with these specific situations. They will know how to attack the problem and what angle to attack from.
Today’s pest management professionals utilize innovative technology combined with tried and tested methods to detect and eliminate bed bugs in the most effective ways possible. It doesn’t hurt to look for an exterminator that also offers eco-friendly treatment options, as these are oftentimes more effective in specific situations.
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- Our pest control company is licensed with the State of Kansas
- We are conveniently located in Wichita, giving our exterminators quick and easy access to the local communities and Business District
- We offer same-day, emergency, and appointment-only pest control services
- Our professional bed bug strategies utilize state-of-the-art equipment to ensure maximum control and direct contact
- We offer free bed bug inspection and consultation via appointment only