Bed Bug Control Traps and Monitors
Identifying a pest is a key part of finding the best way to control and eliminate the insect before it can spread through a home or apartment. By using a bed bug trap or monitor, it is possible to find bed bugs before they start to bite and ensure that they are handled in an appropriate manner. They can be used as preventative or diagnostic in the control of bed bugs.
Recognizing Bed Bugs
Putting out a trap for bed bugs can help determine if an insect that has been biting family members is a bed bug or is another insect. Bed bugs are a type of flat insect that crawls and has a brown and red color. They like to stay in close tight areas, so some to the bed bug traps available are glue board types that are very tightly closed, similar to a small book. These traps can be applied to the surfaces of the bed frame or furniture.
Since bed bugs do not have large legs or wings, they will not fly or jump. By placing a trap or a monitor that they crawl through to get to the bed, it is possible to catch the insect and determine that the bites are coming from bed bugs. Bed bug traps are also available that sit under the legs of furniture and the bed, this will capture the bed bugs and prevents them from being able to crawl up to the next blood meal. Great option for anyone who lives in a high area of bed bugs or has treated or replaced the bed and want to make sure the invasion do not occur again.
Killing the Insects With Traps
Bed bug monitors and traps can help eliminate the insects during an early infestation. Generally, it is best to remove any clutter from the infested space before putting out traps so that there are fewer places for the insect to use as a place to hide. Some traps and monitoring lure will have a CO2 attractant to trick the bed bug into thinking it is a warm blooded animals in the trap. The Verifi is a great product and works, well for hotels and other public spaces where a treatment has occurred and someone needs to check very quickly that no new bed bugs are in the area.
Place the traps in locations that are near the bed or infested furniture. Depending on the location of the infestation, the best placement for the traps will vary. For example, it can be placed on the floor under a couch if the insects are biting when individuals sit on the couch. Otherwise, it can be placed on a box spring or bed frame. Always follow the directions provided by the manufacturer.
Since the insects will usually come out at night, it may not be possible to see them crawl into the traps. Remove the traps in the morning to evaluate if the pests have been trapped or if it is necessary to move the trap for the next night.
Even though traps and monitors can help, it is also important to evaluate the severity of the infestation. Traps and monitors are most appropriate when the infestation is limited to a single room and has not yet grown out of control. They are also low cost investment to add on to your bed bug kit, so that you can monitor for any new infestations.
By using a combination of strategies, it is possible to control bed bugs and eliminate an infestation before it can move throughout the house. The key is identifying the pest and then using appropriate options based on the current situation. Bed bug control traps and monitors can be a very effective added tool in your arsenal in the fight against bed bugs.
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