An Easy Test For Bed Bugs
Bed bugs dine on blood. Yours. There is no other food source for a bed bug. They make their home in the area where you sleep. They are most likely to harbor in and around your bed which is near its food supply. Bed bugs are generally nocturnal and go on the hunt for blood at night when you are asleep. You or other household members and pets are their targets. They are attracted to carbon dioxide and body warmth. Since humans breathe oxygen and exhale carbon dioxide, you are easy to find.
Bed Bugs Are Most Often Found On Your Bed
If bed bugs are in your home, they will likely be in your bedroom. Bed bugs most often will hide in and directly around your bed, but they hide in many other places within 10 to 20 feet of your bed including nightstand drawers, closets, on lamp shades, cracks in walls, behind baseboards and even behind light switch and electrical outlet covers.
There are many detectable signs of bed bug infestations, but the most obvious evidence is the bed bug bite itself. Typically there will be very small puncture wounds causing reddening, some swelling and itching. An abundance of bites indicates a serious infestation of bed bugs. If so, testing is no longer necessary. You have bed bugs.
However, let’s assume you have no evidence of bites or just a few which often are spider bites which will cause similar symptoms. If bed bugs exist, they are likely hiding in mattresses, box springs, pillows or the bed structures. But bed bugs will also find hiding places away from your bed. If so when they decide to dine, they will have to crawl up on your bed.
Some Simple Surface Tests
Wrap double-sided sticky tape near the bottom of each bed leg. And then place each leg into a very sturdy glass jar. Wrap double-sided sticky tape around the outside bottom base of the jar. If a bed bug is already in your bed but harbors in an area away from your bed, they will usually return to the exterior hiding place by crawling down the bed’s leg. If they are returning to your bed for a nightly snack, they will typically crawl up the bed’s leg. Regardless of direction, the blood-suckers will get stuck on the tape.
Some stores sell “insect receptors” specially made for bed legs. Whether you have a bed bug infestation or none at all, those receptors should always remain to perpetually protect against any insect, spider and even scorpions from crawling onto your bed.
Move your bed about 10 inches from all walls to prevent bed bugs from entering or leaving your bed via a wall. Also make sure that bed covers, sheets or bed spreads do not touch the floor giving bed bugs or any other critter another entry onto you bed.
Action To The Test Results
If you find no evidence of bed bugs consider yourself fortunate because a bed infestation is difficult and complex to manage. Leave the leg receptacles in place and keep your bed away from walls permanently and go have a good night’s sleep.
If you find evidence, you will have to perform a detailed inspection of your bed and other hiding places around the area of your bed. That process is both complex and time consuming. See How To Manage and Control A Bed Bug Infestation. There are also widely differing opinions on how to treat infestations. Discussions should take place with pest control companies that specialize in bed bug treatments for expert recommendations for treatment options.
Bed Protection Encasements
Do yourself a favor. Bed bug infestations are on the rise. They exist in hotels and various other lodging facilities. They are now found in college dormitories and even next door neighbor’s homes. There are many ways bed bugs can get into your home. And if they do, their preferred harboring location is your bed. If you find no evidence of bed bugs now is the time to protect your mattresses, box springs and pillows from future infestation with a Bed Bug Protection Kit.
The Bed Bug Protection Kit is available from Protect-A-Bed. The kits include mattress and box springs encasements that not only prevent bed bug entry and escape, but prevent allergens from entry as well. The soft smooth surfaces are waterproof and stain proof while remaining breathable and comfortable. They are laboratory tested and entomologist certified and are highly recommended by pest control specialists.