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.