Bed Bugs Detection

Beyond the recent bed bug epidemics that we’re hearing about in the news, dealing with the issue itself has brought much more attention to bed bugs detection. Obviously, the first step in addressing a bed bug infestation is the detection step.

And that brings up some basic challenges: first of all, bed bugs are fundamentally elusive and hard to detect; secondly, they are known to be nocturnal creatures and active throughout the night; and finally, they lodge themselves into tiny cracks and crevices, huddling their little eggs in the tiniest of hiding places. They are just plain hard to find.

In terms of simple identification, the basic signs of infestation should be obvious to the layperson. Bed bug bites are certainly symptomatic of a bed bug problem; small fecal spots (dark bed bug droppings, usually around the nests) are also indicative; and finally, the presence of dead bed bugs and their tiny skeletons is a sign to note.

As a matter of course, bed bugs tend to congregate, once they have established a territory – it actually makes for easier bed bugs detection because they are so tiny as individuals. An entomologist would refer to a congregation as a “harborage area”, further noting that the locations are quite close to their domestic host (that would be you). That’s exactly why beds, couches, luggage, and furniture are the ideal nesting areas.

Bed bugs detection can be difficult in any scenario – and especially because they travel with you…like hitchhiking in your luggage from a hotel room to your home, or traveling with you during a home move. It means that early detection is always preferable, and in some cases even critical. However, early detection can also pose challenges, because early on, an infestation might have only a few bugs or eggs. Although there are a number of domestic monitoring and detection devices on the market, they have not generally proven themselves as reliable, and are not always conclusive in their findings. It’s therefore best to have an expert inspect and detect for bed bugs.

Like any other specialty, a pest management professional is best suited to conduct bed bugs detection – these are experts with the proper skills, tools, and expertise to inspect and detect effectively. Beginning with a through and systematic visual inspection, there may be a need to set some traps or interception devices, or perhaps make use of a monitoring device. In some circumstances, a professional bed-bug-detection-dog might be employed. The pest professionals understand the unique habits of bed bugs; they know how to locate them in spaces that might be overlooked by the layperson; and they have access to sophisticated methodology that might be required – like CO2 to flush out the pests and identify their source and location.

With a reliable professional on hand, and the proper bed bugs detection in the works, the homeowner can be assured that a comprehensive approach is being employed. In fact, it may not even be necessary to trash mattresses or box springs, or get rid of furniture as we so often hear about. In fact, there may well be a suitable remedy for getting rid of the infestation, and preventing future recurrences.

Bed Bug Detecting Dogs

Bed bugs; Blood-sucking critters that can hide almost anywhere, only coming out at night to feed. Sounds almost like a cheesy vampire movie, right? Actually, bed bugs have been bothering humans for almost 3,500 years, although there has been a major decline in tiny attacks in recent years. Thanks to modern changes, such as insecticides, improved cleaning appliances and even home design, the bed bugs are finally starting to take the hint.

Bed bugs are pretty hard to detect, and the internet lists about 1,001 different ways to find them, but there has been an effective bed bug detector in our midst this entire time: Dogs. Man’s best friend is known for having a nose that can smell in parts per trillion, something no human can do. You’ve probably seen them roaming airports and border crossings, sniffing around for contraband peoples may be carrying in their luggage, but some are being trained for detecting more than just illegal activity. Bed bug detecting dogs are now considered the ideal way to find bed bugs in your home.

Properly trained dogs are able to detect adult bed bugs, as well as eggs, especially when there’s a treat on the line. They are also trained to be able to tell the difference between live and dead bed bugs, cast skins and feces, as these signs don’t necessarily point to an infestation. They are also able to differentiate between bed bugs and other things such as ants, cockroaches, termites and mold.

Since dogs need an environment where bed bugs are often found, handlers will use hotel rooms for training purposes. Don’t worry though; bed bugs are usually kept in a vented polyvinyl chloride container, which means the bugs are not getting out any time soon. Once the bug or a set of eggs are put into these containers and hid in places throughout the hotel room the handler and dog enter the room, completely unaware of where the containers have been hidden. After sniffing around the room for several minutes the dog will point out where the bed bugs are located. After a thorough search and visual confirmation of the bug’s location, the dog is reward for a job well done.

Human detection is a much slower, more time consuming, and comparatively inaccurate way of detecting bed bugs. While a human would have to move furniture and test every inch of a room in search of a bed bug infestation, a dog would take several minutes to sniff around the room and pinpoint exactly where the blood-sucking critters are hiding. If you don’t have that kind of patience or want quick results then mechanical or detection dogs are the way to go.

Detection dogs provide a reliable and speedy method for discovering whether or not you have bed bugs in the house. They are a lot more accurate than any human technician, and a lot faster; you just have to walk them through the house! Plus, they look pretty darn cute in their worker jackets.