Bed Bug Detection

Detecting whether you actually have a bed bug infestation can be the difference between spending several thousand dollars and spending next to nothing. Early bed bug detection will give you the upper hand over the infestation as well as peace of mind. Seeing potential early signs of bed bugs, like noticing bite marks on your back, is always frightening, but until you know if they came from bed bugs, you are at risk of throwing away a good deal of money without the comfort of knowing that you really do have a problem.

Before even starting to attempt to detect the presence of an infestation, you have to know what bed bugs look like and what forms they can take. Bed bugs begin as small white eggs, about a millimeter long, which hatch into semi-transparent nymphs. The nymphs turn amber in color as they grow, ranging from a millimeter to 1/4 of an inch depending on the stage of development. Finally, they end up as fully grown adults, dark amber in color and as long as 3/8 of an inch. Bed bugs turn a reddish hue and become longer and less flat when they feed on your blood at night.

Even though you might be able to accurately identify a bed bug, detecting one early on in an infestation might prove difficult and frustrating. Bed bugs love small openings and crevasses, and besides well-hidden places on your bed (like your mattress’s lining), they will hide in hard-to-reach, small cracks, like under the baseboard, in the dark corners of a windowsill or any other furniture or structure that will offer tight cover.

A mattress cover is a simple and cost effective method for detecting bed bugs, but it’s not guaranteed. Bed bugs need you, theiNewly mated male & female bed bugsr host, to feed off of, and they only feed at night when you are sleeping and exposed. Bed bugs that don’t live in your mattress will climb up on the bed to get to you. Using a mattress cover blocks off the bed bugs already residing in your mattress and helps expose any bugs that will come to reside on the cover itself. Eventually you will be able to pinpoint any blood stains, fecal matter, and shed skins that will inevitably be left behind from these bed bugs.

Unfortunately it will still be very hard to detect the presence of any bed bugs very early in the infestation. Even with a mattress cover, early bed bug detection is difficult due to bed bugs’ tiny size and even tinier droppings, as well as their ability to hide in small places outside of the bed.

Early detection is never a guarantee, no matter what method you’re using. But once you do detect bed bugs in your home, it’s crucial to take immediate action and call a specialist who can help identify the problem and treat the issue safely. For a preparation checklist, please visit Sniff K9s preparation page.

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