Posts tagged "bed-bugs"

What You Need To Know About Bed Bug Traps

There are two main methods of trapping bed bugs. These are active and passive methods. The former involves catching the bed bugs as they attempt to move from outside the bed into it. This is known as intercepting. Methods that attract the bugs into a trap are called active methods. The instruments used to trap the bugs are called monitors. The professionals use many tools that are not available to the public. There are however things that anybody can do to get rid of bed bugs. Here are some listed by bed bug control specialists.

Passive Bed Bug Monitors

The work at optimum level if your bed has separate legs. This approach is simple and easy.

Bed Bug Vaseline Trick

This trick is a form of interception. Essentially you coat the legs of your bed with Vaseline or similar petroleum jelly. When the bug attempts to ascend your bed it will get stuck because of the jelly. You are then able to check daily and this will inform you whether you have an infestation or not.

Double-sided Tape

If you have a bed with wooden legs make a sleeve out of paper and then use the tape on the paper.

Climb-up Interceptors Passive Bed Bug Monitors

They have two separate chambers that is the inner and outer chamber. The inner chamber traps the bedbugs trying to exit from the bed while the outer chamber traps those bed bugs trying to enter the bed. Using such interceptors is easy as they are readily available. All that you are required to do is check the monitor at dawn and you will likely know whether you have an infestation or not. Such monitors are also easy to carry so you can travel with them.

Active Bed Bug Monitors

These are a little more sophisticated. They rely on the phenomena that bed bugs are attracted to carbon IV oxide (C02), heat and specified pheromones. There is in most cases a rough patch that allows the bugs to climb into the trap. The bugs fall into an area referred to as a pitfall which is deep and smooth. The bugs are then unable to climb out. Active monitors are deemed more reliable and accurate when compared to passive monitors.

The Bed Bug C02 Active Monitor

This uses Carbon IV Oxide to lure bed bugs out of hiding. It is said to work relatively quickly. One Carbon IV Oxide charge lasts up to five days and the kit comes with supplies to last 14 days. This ensures that you don’t mess with the gadget every day. This beacon is recommended as an early detection means and as a means of trapping any bedbugs that survive the thorough work of an exterminator.

Night Watch Bed Bug Trap and Monitor

This product operates on a timer. It intermittently emits C02, heat and a certain scent that attracts the bed bugs. If you run this product for a fortnight and it does not catch any bed bugs then this is 99 % conclusive proof that you do not have an infestation. The product can be accessed on a lease basis from exterminators. If your bed has no legs and you can’t use any of the passive methods discussed above, then this product is good for you. If you are a caretaker or a landlord using this monitor would be ideal for detecting an infestation in its early stages.

It is simple to use because you simply put it on the floor, plug, and insert the lure and the Carbon IV Oxide source, set the timer and you are set. The monitor is usually checked in the morning.


Bed bug traps cannot be used in isolation. When you have a severe infestation it is recommended to seek the services of a reputable exterminator. Bed bug traps are appropriate for preventive measures to check whether you have an infestation. They are also good to measure the effectiveness of an extermination that took place and to guard against any surviving bed bugs. In addition long term monitoring is a very good practice, considering the fact it is quite inexpensive and easy to access.

How Bed Bugs Infest Buildings

After a day’s work, everyone looks forward to a good sleep, of which when interfered with a night seizes to be peaceful and relaxed. Bed bugs are a hindrance to such a night, when you realize that they are in your bed. These insects cause fatigue and lead one to become anxious. They are insects that are parasitic and they depend on blood. People who live in places that have tropical and temperate climates have the most encounter with bed bugs. Bed bugs are visible. They do not have wings. They have a specific smell that one can identify them with. The smell is usually felt after one takes the initiative of squeezing one between two fingers. They strike with a bite that is usually not painful. After which one experiences itchiness at the bitten point. If one was to compare what you would rather lose your sleep due to, no one would answer bedbugs. There are ways through which these insects infest on buildings. Read More →

Different Kinds of Bedbugs

If you are waking up with small, red, itchy bumps on your skin, then it is most likely you have been infested with bedbugs! This is a very unpleasant reality for most people. Some of us usually have common misunderstanding that bedbugs are due to poor housekeeping. But in reality, they are brought into your home on luggage or clothing particularly if you make contact with a person who has bedbugs or if you stay in a hotel that has been infested with these creatures. Common household bedbugs are found almost everywhere in the world. These creatures are known to adjust very well to human environment especially in temperate climates. There are a number of other pests that resemble bedbug both in appearance and habits. For you to make proper identification, you might need to magnify it or sometimes if you have experience with different species.

There are various types of bedbug and their related pests. These insects live by sucking blood from their hosts such as birds, bats, some rodents and even humans. They mostly attack when the host is asleep, that is why in order to get good access, they inhibit homes or nests of their hosts. Good identification of different kinds of bedbugs would be very helpful in getting rid of them. Read More →

Bed Bugs Inspection – Where to Look

Bedbugs are one of the most difficult pests to get rid off, and the first step to solving a problem is knowing that you have one. Visual inspection of bedbugs, bedbugs droppings or even bedbugs eggs can go a long way in helping in their extermination and also in the prevention of further infestations. Bedbugs can live in the mattress, the bed frame, in the gap behind the wall, in couches, sofas anywhere where people sleep. If you have a large colony of bedbugs, you will be able to see live bedbugs, but most people are only able to see signs of bedbugs such as bedbug skins, excrement or blood stains.

The Bed Linen

While inspecting for bed bugs the best place to start is the bed linen. Remove all bedding sheets down to the bottom sheet. Check for blood stains or excrement. Usually, if the linen hasn’t been changed this itself is a dead giveaway of existence of bedbugs. After you are done inspecting the bed sheets, if you still suspect bedbugs soak the bed sheets in hot water for at least 20 minutes. This should kill any bedbugs or bedbugs eggs that you might have missed. Be sure to check pillow covers and seams. If there is a bedbug infestation in the pillows its best to dispose of them and get new ones. Read More →

Bedbugs: Midnight Terrorist

Growing up, parents all over the country told their children, “Good night! Sleep tight! Don’t let the bed bugs bite.” For decades, bed bugs, in America, were considered a myth. If you were born after the fifties, you probably never heard of the bedbug infestation. America had eradicated the pesky little creatures back in the fifties and they have not reared their ugly heads until now.

If you have never had bed bugs, count your blessings. You could not possibly imagine the torture bed bug suffers go through. Bed bug infestations are the worse type of infestation. Cockroaches were once believed to be the worse infestation a person could have in their home. They are difficult to get rid of and they multiply quickly. However, bed bugs have given the cockroach a run for its money. Due to government regulations, exterminators are limited in what they can do to treat bed bugs. With these limitations, relieving yourself of bed bugs is harder than it should be. Read More →

Bed Bugs and Pest Management

Bedbugs have become a real menace in many places and especially in our homes. Their bites lenders many sleepless nights and with swollen skin. If not controlled, they can cause health issues. Bedbugs and pests management is the steps and methods applied in controlling the spread and multiplication of the bedbugs and pests which eventually help in their eradication.

The best way to manage and control them is first to assess the place to determine if really there is bed bugs. In case turns out positive, it will help in selecting the best method to get rid of them. The essence of assessing is to confirm the Pres hence of bed bugs and identify all infested areas which will make it easier applying treatment tactics. Bites, bed bugs fecal staining on the sheets and beg bugs cast skins are a clear indication of an active infestation. Bed bugs like dark, hidden and inaccessible areas such as cracks, crevices, pillow cases, bed frames, piping among others. A thorough assessment and inspection should be conducted in all areas of the room without sparing any. Read More →