How To Find bed bugs
How to find bed bugs Is a common question from people that suspect they might have a bed bug infestation in their home. Studies have shown that even an experienced technician is only correct about 30% of the time. Canines on the other hand I’ve been shown to be anywhere from 80 to 95% effective because they rely on their sense of smell not on their eyesight. You can learn how to find bed bugs. Basically the most important thing is to be very thorough in your search. Start with the areas closest to where you spend most of your time be that the bed, couch, your desk, whatever. Bed bugs typically harbor within 8 feet of their food source but have been shown to travel as far as 100 feet to their feeding location. We typically start with the bed. Get a good flashlight and a business card or Metro card, and a plastic Ziploc bag. Start with the headboard. Over 90% of the time this is the location that we find either bed bugs or eggs. Take some time and learn what they look like. Start with one section and then progress to all other areas of the headboard the bed frame the mattress and the boxspring. Be sure to check the surrounding areas including behind photo frames, pictures, the backs of draws, if you have items under your bed make sure that those are all thoroughly inspected. One tool that may help is if you have a CO2 dispenser similar to that that is used to inflate bicycle tires or a small fire extinguisher that is CO2 based. Pull down the shades were dim the lights and release the CO2 over the bed. Leave the room for about 10 minutes and then come back and do a thorough inspection. CO2 is an attractant and will sometimes draw them out from their hiding spaces see if a meal is ready for them. The other way that you can find bedbugs is to use passive or active traps. We discussed this in an earlier section of this website and you have a variety of traps to choose from. If you like to learn quickly and the most efficient manner it is best then to hire a canine to do a search. Make sure that the dog is demonstrated to you prior to the search. This is typically done by having the handler set out to hide (live bed bugs within a capsule) And demonstrating that the dog can find this. If the dog cannot find the “hide” get another dog in to do the search. If the dog does present a sign that it is indicating scent of bed bugs make sure that the handler will also do a physical inspection of the area that the dog hit on to see if any physical evidence can be found. If not it is best to use the traps and do not treat it until physical evidence is found.