Detect Bed Bugs Traveling Locations

Bug Bug Control, Detect Travel LocationBedbugs travel easily and quickly along pipes and boards, and their bodies are very flat, which allows them to hide in tiny crevices. In the daytime, they tend to stay out of the light, preferring to remain hidden in such places as mattress seams, mattress interiors, bed frames, nearby furniture, carpeting, baseboards, inner walls, tiny wood holes, or bedroom clutter. Bedbugs can be found on their own, but more often congregate in groups. Bedbugs are capable of travelling as far as 100 feet to feed, but usually remain close to the host in bedrooms or on sofas where people may sleep.

Bed bugs infest only a small proportion of residences, but they should be suspected if residents complain of bits that occurred while sleeping. The bedroom and other sleeping areas should be carefully examined for bed bugs and signs of bed bug activity. Fold and creases in the bed linens, and seams and tufts of mattresses and box springs, in particular, may harbor bed bugs or their eggs. They may also be found within pleats or curtains, beneath loose areas of wallpaper neat the bed, in corners of desks and dresser, within spaces of wicker furniture, behind cove molding, and in laundry or other items on the floor or around the room. Sometimes, characteristic dark brown or reddish fecal spots of bed bugs are apparent on the bedlinens, mattress or walls near the bed. A peculiar coriander- like odor may be detected in some heavily infested residence. Adhesive based traps used for sampling insects or rodents are not particularly effective for trapping bed bugs.

Bedbugs are known for being elusive, transient, and nocturnal, making them difficult to detect. While individuals have the option of contacting a pest control professional to determine if a bedbug infestation exists, there are several do-it-yourself methods that may work equally well.

Detect Bed bugs’ presence.

The presence of bedbugs may be confirmed through identification of the insects collected or by a pattern of bites. Though bites can occur singularly, they often follow a distinctive linear pattern marking the paths of blood vessels running close to the surface of the skin. The common bite pattern of three bites often around the ankle or shin close to each other has garnered the macabre colloquialism ‘breakfast, lunch, dinner.’

Detect bed bugs infestation – capturing bedbugs

A technique for catching bedbugs in the act is to have a light source quickly accessible from your bed and to turn it on at about an hour before dawn, which is usually the time when bedbugs are most active. A flashlight/torch is recommended instead of room lights, as the act of getting out of bed will cause any bedbugs present to scatter before you can catch them. If you awaken during the night, leave your lights off but use your flashlight/torch to inspect your mattress. Bedbugs are fairly fast in their movements, about equal to the speed of ants. They may be slowed down if engorged. When the bedroom light is switched on, it may temporarily startle them allowing time for you to get a dust pan and brush kept next to the bed and sweep the bugs into the pan then immediately sweep them into a cup or mug full of water where the bugs drown quickly. Dispose of the water down the sink or toilet. Disinfect the mattress, skirting boards and so on regularly.

Glue traps placed in strategic areas around the home, sometimes used in conjunction with heating pads or balloons filled with exhaled breath offering a carbon dioxide source, may be used to trap and thus detect bedbugs. Glue board such as Trapper Monitor Insect Traps work very effectively set these traps under beds a long the walls, flipping the trap upside down and placing it on the box spring and adjusting it with the sticky pad prodvided on the trap. If your bed is set touching a wall side the Eco Keeper┬ámonitoring traps can be stuck on to the walls along the side of bed and wall with a gap inbetween to trap bed bugs as well. This method has varied reports of success. There are also commercial traps like ‘flea’ traps whose effectiveness is questionable except perhaps as a means of detection. Perhaps the easiest trapping method is to place double-sided carpet tape in long strips near or around the bed and check the strips after a day or more.

Also, bedbug infestations give off a very distinct odor.

Detect Bed Bug infestation.

You can look to see if you can identify the fecal stains, egg cases, and exuviae (shed skins) in crevices and cracks on or near beds. You should also look at other areas such as under wallpaper, behind picture frames, in couches and other furniture, in bed springs, and even in articles of clothing. While fecal stains and skin casts suggest that bed bugs have been present, these do not confirm that the infestation is still active. Observing the bed bugs themselves is definitively confirmation that your home is infested. You may require professional assistance in determining whether you home contains bed bugs.

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  1. 1

    can bedbugs be transmitted on clothing, from one person to another? example, coats,shoes,pocketbooks. also once outside in freezing weather, are the bed bugs killed, if they are on a person or clothing

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    Certainly! Bed Bugs can be transmitted from one person to another via clothing items.
    However, Bed Bugs are really difficult to kill. Even if you go outside in the freezing weather,
    if the Bed Bugs is inside your cloth, it will still live because of the body temperature.

    Unless you leave the cloth out in the freezing weather for a prolonged period of time
    (say about 2 weeks), coldness will not treat Bed Bugs.

    If you suspect that your cloth is infested with Bed Bugs,
    the best thing you can do is wash it in a hot water
    and dry it in the conventional dryer at hot temperature.

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    Spotting a bedbug the most simple way is to use white bedsheets on your bed, if you are having bugs,you will find darkbrown or black spots on your sheet.
    If the bed bug layed eggs then it is imposible to get rid of them by yourself because they born hundreds at a time.
    Use self adhesive paper tape to get them
    at the middle of the night.
    My advise is to to do pestecide treatment asap.
    But if its all over the building then the whole building needs to be pestecide,treating each individual apartments wont work,
    Bed Bug is like a curse from GOD. very difficylt to get rid of it.
    Please dont wait another day,because these bugs grow very fast.

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    Thank you for the info!

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    If a person has found that they have bedbugs, should they travel to someone else’s home? We have a bible study at our home and one of the people that come found out they have bedbugs! I certainly DO NOT WANT THEM IN MY HOUSE, should they stay home…

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    Hello, typically, bed bugs come into the home when people bring home luggage from infested hotels or used furniture like used mattresses or bedframes, couches, etc. They can hitch rides through clothes. This does not mean they should be restrained inside their homes until they fully eradicate bed bugs, however, it is possible that bed bugs can be in the clothes that they put on. Usually, because bed bugs are nocturnal, they’ll go into hiding during the day. That could fully well be their clothes. They should inspect their clothes before putting it on and leaving the house. Generally, it should be fine, however, I don’t want to misinform you and tell you that it may be possible. Sorry I couldn’t be of much help :/

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    I have a relative who recently complained about bed bugs, then I heard the relative got rid of the bed bugs with clorox. This relative wants to visit me and I am worried they may bring bed bugs into my house. Is it possible they got rid of the bed bugs with clorox only? Please let me know.

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    Hi Tina,

    If it were to be a lighter infestation, it could have been possible to get rid of the bed bugs. However it would be hard to guarantee that they are totally gone. In many instances the bed bugs just go in to hiding for a while and come back out after some time. Especially if the chemical plays a repellent effect. It really is hard to reject a relative from visiting you, but it is a risk to take.

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    If you simply go visit, for a few hours, a home where there is a bed bug infestation can you pick them up on your clothes and bring them home?

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    Hello Ms. Sue. Yes, it is totally possible. If they have a concentrated infestation or a large infestation, bed bugs can most possibly move even during the daytime. However, if the infestation is new or very mild, most likely, the bed bugs are hiding and will not come out. The highest activity is during the night when people are sleeping. People release the most carbon dioxide as we sleep and carbon dioxide and body heat is what bed bugs are attracted to the most. I hope that helped you out! ­čÖé

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    my son and wife have bed bugs in there apartment.The manager has not done anything about it and they suggested that my son vaccum and then throw it away!It has been 2days now and the maneger said they would send out a pest control guy…really!sounds like time is of the essense to me,is there someone to report this to?

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    Hello, That’s actually a difficult situation because that would really depend on the contract or lease agreement. You may have to seek an attorney to ask further questions about this kind of situation. I’m sorry I was not able to help you out, but good luck!

  13. 13

    Some one in out family recently discovered they have bed bugs. Although their apartment is being treated, my son has been staying with them for several weeks. Earlier it was stated that bed bugs can hitch a ride possible on a suitcase, so what is the best way to treat a suitcase/bag to insure that there are no bed bugs on them?

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    Hi Carlos ­čÖé Before your son brings his luggage inside, leave the luggage outdoors and launder all his clothes in hot water and hot dry. With the luggage, you can use Bedlam Bed Bug Insecticide Spray which will kill the bed bugs in his luggage on contact if there is any. Leave the luggage bag alone until it is completely dry. You may want to leave his luggage case outside for at least 24 hours. I hope that helped you! If you have any questions, you can always call a technician at 1-800-788-4142.

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    I recently stayed in a hotel for only a couple of hours with my family while on the way home from vacation. It was a very long ride so we wanted to just get a couple of hours of sleep. The place we stayed was not very nice. We did not bring in any pillows or luggage-just what we were wearing. I was unable to sleep because I worried about bedbugs. I had a couple of bites when we left the hotel and later that day I noticed about 12 itchy welts on my legs and torso. I was wearing short sweat pants with elastic around my calves. Some of my welts are above the elastic line. Would it be normal for bedbugs to bite under clothing? I am also worried about bringing them home. How do you treat the car? We had 5 people in the room and I am very concerned with any hitching a ride back home. Any advice would be greatly appreciated!!

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    Hello Kathy, it is not often but is plausible for bed bugs to hitch a ride on the clothes. Also, I do not think its possible for them to bite under the clothes, but unless the elastic was skin tight and there was no room for a flat 1cm bug to get through, it may be possible that you got bit. To treat a car for bed bugs, simply use a pressurized aerosol like Bedlam Bed Bug Spray and spray around the base of the car and under the seats every to weeks. Also, if your car is upholstered and not leather, you can spray the seats as well. Allow at least two hours for the treatment to dry before you come in contact with the sprayed area again. If you have any questions about chemical treatment, please feel free to call us at 1-800-788-4142.

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    Hi I think I have bed bugs that came with me from a hotel in turkey. The problem is that I live in Cairo Egypt and I stayed home for three days then travelled to Lebanon to my parents. I didn’t know the amount of damage I created!!! I arrived yesterday to lebanon so already things got out of contol! right? Now where do I start? And will the bed bugs survive in my Cairo home if they are not feeding? I’m out for ten days

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    I’m so sorry to hear about that! Hopefully, no one else got bed bugs (that would be quite the headache). For now, let me link you to all the kits we have available: http://www.pestmall.com/bed-bug-kits/. Unfortunately, we cannot send any aerosols internationally, so just look at the kits to get an idea of how much product you need to treat your area and you can purchase the products separately. I know it looks very costly, but trust me, you want to treat a bed bug infestation ASAP. If you would rather hire an exterminator, then go right ahead and do it IMMEDIATELY.
    Also, bed bugs can go up to a year without feeding, so unfortunately, they’ll still be alive when you get back ): But even more reason to get treatment, right?

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    I live in an apt. building that has bed bugs. It is being treated every two weeks. I get bites about two times a week. I am going to move and not take bedroom furniture or couch. What is best way to make sure I don’t bring bugs to new place? I just am thinking of taking clothes and a desk and bookcase. Would packing stuff up in plastic bags and leaving in car for day kill bugs? Thanks.

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    Hi Pat,
    In all honesty, a move right now is NOT a good idea. It’s better that you stay and get it treated by an exterminator now than to move into a brand new place and get bed bugs there. The problem with bed bugs is that they’ll literally hide in anything. Unless you have thoroughly and efficiently treated all your clothes and even your desk and bookcase, you can’t be sure that they don’t have bed bugs on them. And, as you know, two bed bugs alone easily turn into two hundred. Packing stuff in plastic bags and leaving them in your car will NOT kill the bed bugs unless your car maintains a temperature of about 125 degrees Fahrenheit (which I doubt). I honestly think the best thing for you to do right now is just stay and wait. If you only get bites two times a week, that’s not bad at all! Just be a little more patient and don’t move until either the bed bugs are completely or almost gone.

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    My daughter is at a 3 week camp in nyc. It is rumored that the dorm she is being required to move into has bed bugs. She plans to buy a bed bug resistant mattress cover and spray before she sleeps there, but what can she/we do to be sure she doesn’t bring any bugs home. Also, she is leaving to go away to college 2 days after she gets home.

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    Hi Linda,
    It’s great that she’s planning to use a bed bug resistant mattress cover and bed bug spray before she sleeps. If she is using professional grade bed bug spray, she may only need to spray once or twice a month. However, she needs to ensure that she is thorough with treatment, spraying the mattress lining and seams, bed frames, furniture frames, the base boards around the room and etc. Once she gets home, the best way to keep bed bugs out is to keep her luggage outside and immediately hot wash and dry her clothes as well as other fabric materials. Also, do a thorough inspection of the luggage and non-washable materials that she brings back to make sure there aren’t any bed bugs hiding in them. You may also want to consider using a bed bug spray like Bedlam Bed Bug Insecticide to treat the actual suit cases or luggage cases and let it dry before bringing the materials indoors. Remember to consider all materials that she brought back from the camp including shoes, clothes, outerwear, and etc. Even toys and appliances can be hiding places for bed bugs.
    As far as college, if she is planning to live in the dorms at her college, it’s always good to inspect her dorm room before she actually moves in. Thoroughly inspect her bed frame and other furniture that is in the room. Also, encase the mattress and box spring as well as keeping up with regular pest control. Unfortunately, although it is not difficult to maintain, other pests can be a problem in a dorm setting before dorms are essentially just like apartments. Therefore, such pests like cockroaches, ants, bed bugs and others are able to travel through the wall void and enter different dorm rooms. Keeping up with regular pest control, or making sure that the dorm maintenance authorities are able to help her with pest control, will allow her to keep common pests away from her dorm room.
    I hope that helped you and remember, if you have any further questions or comments, you can always contact us again via email at info@pestmall.com or phone at 1-800-788-4142 or you can always tune into our blog.

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    We are planning a trip south and I am concerned about being a host to bed bugs. Is there a product that can be purchased that will allow me to spray the bed and room where ever we stay so I can sleep with confidence?

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    Sterifab is a great contact kill for bed bugs. As soon as it dries, the treated area is safe for contact. It’s also good for treating hotel rooms or etc. when you are going on trips. The only thing is that once its dry, it will no longer have a killing effect so you may need to treat multiple times during your stay. Keep in mind that the biggest preventative measure for keeping bed bugs out of the house is to make sure that you are secure when you are going back inside your house. Thoroughly check your luggage and immediately throw your clothes in the washer before you unpack. Keep the luggage outdoors and use Sterifab to treat your luggage before you bring it back in. Good Luck!

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