Technically speaking, bed bugs are sizeable enough creatures to see with your naked eye. Yet their sneaky habits and naturally skittish nature make them difficult to detect. If you have reason to suspect that your home has become infested with bed bugs, read on. This article will discuss three ways to conclusively determine if you are right.
Passive monitors, also frequently referred to as interceptors, represent the most basic and least expensive means of bed bug detection. That said, they also amount to one of the most effective. The monitor itself amounts to a simple plastic dish, one with an extra ring inside of the outer wall. It is placed beneath the legs of your bedroom furniture.
The idea here is that, as bed bugs attempt to migrate onto and off of the furniture, they will become stuck in the trap. This is accomplished thanks to a special inner wall, whose surface is too slippery for the bed bug to scale. Thus any bed bugs that make their way into the monitor will remain trapped there, proving conclusive evidence of your problem.
There is no denying the effectiveness of passive monitors, since sooner or later the bed bugs will naturally attempt to migrate between different pieces of furniture. The main problem is that positive results cannot always be achieved as quickly as desired. This is especially true of early infestations, where it may take much longer for a bed bug to stumble into your trap.
Here is where a more aggressive style of bed bug trap comes into play. So-called active monitors are much like their passive kin, with one main exception: they utilize lures to increase the speed with which bed bugs will be drawn to the trap. The most commonly used lure is carbon dioxide; for an unknown reason, bed bugs are strongly drawn to the inexpensive yet harmless gas.
Different types of active monitors may utilize other types of chemicals known to attract bed bugs. Another type even uses heat, to which these nasty critters are naturally drawn. The principal drawback associated with active as opposed to passive monitors is their higher price tag. For this reason, a select number of active monitors are often used in conjunction with more widely placed interceptors.
Specially Trained Canines
Believe it or not, dogs are one of the most accurate ways to pinpoint a bed bug infestation. Of course, not just any old household pet will do. In order to be able to detect bed bugs, a dog must go through a serious canine detection program. In other words, your best bet here is to contact a local company that specializes in this form of bed bug detection. A well trained canine may be able to turn up bed bugs that had escaped detection by other means.
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