Can You Catch Bed Bugs?

The first bed bug that enters your home will most likely go unnoticed until it begins to reproduce. Unless you somehow manage to find and kill it, that lone bed bug will continue to reproduce until you start to wonder if you can capture these critters yourself and elminate them. Well, the answer here is unfortunately no. You’ll need professional help to eliminate a bed bug infestation. However, the answer to the question, “Can you catch bed bugs” is technically yes. It is possible to physically capture or “catch” a bed bug in your home. Doing so may help you accurately identify the pests and help you determine whether or not you have an infestation, but it won’t actually help you eliminate them on your own. For that you’ll need to call in the professionals.

A Difficult Task

Although bed bugs can be caught, doing so is not always an easy process and more importantly, does not stop an infestation. Unless an infestation has reached a point where your home is completely overrun, bed bugs will usually hide out during the day until they come out at night for a blood meal. Bed bugs and their hiding spots, however, are often hard to find; with flat bodies allowing them to squeeze into the tightest nooks and crannies, bed bugs are incredibly elusive and often go unseen until they leave their hiding places. Even then, their small size – about the size of an apple seed – allows them to avoid detection.

How Can You Catch Bed Bugs?

Bed bugs can be caught, but doing so can be difficult and won’t do you much good in helping to eliminate an infestation. However, if you still want to catch bed bugs for identification purposes, there are several ways to do so.

The best method involves waiting until they come out at night and simply trapping them once they leave their hiding place. Since bed bugs are small, however, this may be difficult. To help make them easier to spot, keep your floors clear of clutter and anything else that might hide a roaming bed bug’s location. If the bed bugs are in your mattress, however, simply wait until one comes out to make your move. Bed bugs can be caught using anything that might hold them, although glass jars with sealable lids are preferable.

Other methods involve using store-bought bed bug traps, which utilize carbon dioxide (CO2) to attract the bugs. The main advantage of traps is that they do all the work for you, eliminating the need to stay up at night and wait.

Permanent Solutions

Since a single female bed bug can lay up to 500 eggs in her short lifespan, most infestations have populations in the thousands–far more than you could ever catch. The only way to eliminate an infestation is to contact a specialist.

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