How to detect a bed bug invasion

Bed bugs have become a persistent and disturbing problem in most places today. Usually, pest control experts are the first responders to infestations of these pests. While taking these observations into account, homeowners, facility managers and maintenance staff ought to know what signs point towards bed bug activity in their various premises. This article provides insight on how to detect beg bug infestation using some valuable pest inspection tools.

Understanding what to search for

For effective bed bug control to become a reality, it is important to have at least a fundamental know-how about the biology as well as the behavioral tendency of the pest.

Bed bugs are similar in size with an apple seed, and often feature a darker or lighter shade of brown. They feed exclusively on blood from the exterior of the host. Contrary to popular belief, bed bugs are not only noticeable in beds in homes, but also public spaces such as retail store inventory, office building furniture and a host of other areas.

Typically, bed bug activity is rife, especially during the night when they come out to find a host (usually a human being) and extract blood in a similar approach to mosquitoes. Feeding takes a few minutes. Once done, the pests withdraw to their hiding areas and wait for a few days to come out and feed again.

How to detect a bed bug invasion as early as possible

As earlier stated, bed bugs often travel from their hiding areas, such as couches and beds, to locate a host from whom they extract blood from. Interception mechanisms are one of the most effective tools available on the market today, given that they do take advantage of the bed bug's behavioral tendency of moving around to find blood meals and trap them, assisting in detection and future pest control.

As their name implies, interception devices basically capture bed bugs as they move from their locations in search of blood-meals. Typically in households, the legs of the bed or couch are placed in the interception device. Naturally, the bugs will climb inside these devices and become trapped or stuck in the mechanism's glue barrier.

In office premises, bed bug infestation may be spotted in the desks, chairs, file cabinets, cubicle walls among other areas. Likewise, commercial areas can use interception devices to capture bugs in the premise after bed bug control services such as spraying are completed. They are proactively positioned in facilities to check for bed bugs in an attempt to detect an influx as early as possible.