When bedbugs enter your home, they’re going to find a place to hide very quickly. Unless you hire an exterminator, you may not identify the infestation until it has transformed into a full-blown infestation. To save money and reduce the consequences, identifying the problem sooner is best. Trying to detect the infestation on your own will not be easy since bedbugs often settle into often overlooked cracks and corners.
Cleaning your home is a good start, but it isn’t enough. Before you know it, the female bedbugs will lay eggs and those eggs will hatch. The problem will worsen shortly.
Making Bedbugs Come Out Of Their Hiding Places
If you want to detect the problem sooner, you should force the bedbugs to come out of hiding. You can do this by following the advice below.
- Bedbugs stay hidden during the day and come out at night. With that being said, you should wait until it gets dark before looking for bedbugs. Also, you can make your room darker by turning off the lights and covering the windows.
- Don’t forget that you can use certain bedbug traps to identify bedbug infestations. Many traps use CO2 and heat to lure bedbugs out of their hiding spots. Furthermore, they use glue to trap the bugs when they get too close. If you want to use traps to identify infestations, you’ll need to place the trap on your bed and leave the room. Once you’ve done that, the bedbugs will notice the heat and CO2 so they’ll approach the trap. If you find bedbugs stuck in the glue, you know you need to call an exterminator.
- Using a steamer is an effective way to identify pest infestations. Steamers release heat and bedbugs are attracted to heat. So, you might be able to use a steamer to convince bedbugs to come out of hiding. Furthermore, steamers will kill bedbugs so you’ll be able to solve two problems at once.
- Again, you have to remember that heat lures bedbugs. Heat lets bedbugs know that their host is close. This pest is timid and cautious so it won’t get too close. Using popular traps that release heat and CO2 can help identify the problem. You’ll need to place the traps in a spot where bedbugs might be hiding. Once you’ve left the room, the bedbugs will notice the heat and CO2 nearby so they’ll come out of hiding and approach the trap. You can use these traps to deal with a bedbug infestation.
- If you’re worried about bedbugs, you should wash and dry your clothes. When doing so, be sure to switch to the hottest setting because the extreme heat will kill bedbugs.
If these techniques do not work, you’ll want to call a qualified pest control expert. With their help, you’ll be able to identify and eliminate the infestation rapidly.
Tools To Lure Bedbugs Out
If you want to detect a bedbug infestation, you should consider using multiple tools simultaneously. Doing so will increase the likelihood that you’ll be able to detect the problem much sooner. For instance, you’ll find some active detection traps that remain active for 90 days. These traps use heat to lure bedbugs. Once they’ve climbed inside, they will be stuck by the glue inside. They won’t be able to get out so they’ll perish.
These traps have refills so you can use them beyond the 90-day expiration period. They can use anywhere in the home, but you’ll want to place them in rooms that likely have bedbugs. Call a professional exterminator to learn more about their detection tools.