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How Does Your Exterminator Check For Bed Bugs?

Several factors play major roles in pest inspection, including bed bugs. These factors include experience, knowledge, equipment, technology, and location. Without experience, property owners do not have any idea of how to perform a bed bug inspection. Without knowledge, property owners will have no idea of where to look for bed bugs. The list goes on and on. One of the first things you should know is the bed bug is a nocturnal insect species. Nocturnal behavior is key to the survival of many insects, especially parasites like the bed bug. As a nocturnal insect, the bed bug only comes out of hiding when its host is asleep. What makes the nocturnal bed bug so unique is its ability to mimic the host’s schedule. Normally, bed bugs would remain in hiding throughout the day, only coming out at night to feed. This routine is reversed if the host is a day sleeper. Keep this in mind because it will help ensure better than a satisfactory inspection outcome.

Do Bed Bugs On Human Blood?

Here is a question, you should be capable of answering without a second thought. If you do not know the answer, it would be a good idea to get in touch with your local pest control experts. Bed bugs are parasites, feeding on the blood of humans while they are fast asleep. This knowledge is why bed bugs cause their hosts so much grief. Yes, most victims of these insects report moderate to severe anxiety, depression, and paranoia. It may be difficult for you to believe, but victims oftentimes find themselves in a continuous state of fear. Just imagine, you are being victimized by one or more bed bugs every time you fall asleep. Now, answer this question, do bed bugs victimize their hosts. Absolutely, bed bugs victimize their hosts to no end.

Where Do Bed Bugs Hide In Residential Settings?

The adult bed bug is about 7 millimeters in length. So, traveling from point A to point B can seem like forever for a bed bug. For speedier travel, bed bugs hitchhike rides with other living creatures, mostly unaware humans. With this in mind, it only makes sense for bed bugs to stay in close proximity to their hosts. Regardless of where the host sleeps, the bed bug(s) will be somewhere in the close vicinity. Most humans tend to sleep in beds, with mattresses, box springs, pillows, and linen. These accessories provide bed bugs plenty of hiding places during the daylight hours. So, this is where the search for bed bugs always begins? Not necessarily, it depends on the host’s sleeping habits. If the host sleeps on a pull-off sofa, recliner, daybed, or lounge chair, bed bugs will pick up on it and move into these areas.

How Do Bed Bugs Know Their Hosts Are Asleep?

The human body releases heat and gas, known as carbon dioxide (CO2). In fact, evidence shows each individual human releases on average of 733 grams of CO2 each day. Bed bugs have sense organs, as well as their antennas to detect CO2. Once the insects begin to pick up on the CO2, they will emerge from hiding and prepare to feed.

Looking For Signs Of Bed Bugs!

Exterminators also base their search on signs, anything that gives an indication bed bugs have been in the area. The signs of bed bugs include the following:
  • Exoskeletons – Leftover skin after molting
  • Dried Blood – Tiny droplets of blood leftover from feedings
  • Fecal Material – Feces dropped in feeding areas
  • Musty Odor – A colony of live bed bugs generates what is described as a “sweet, musty” odor
  • Translucent-Like Eggs – Tiny eggs scattered about on the mattress, box springs, and bed linen
  • Reddish/Brown Nymphs – Tiny brown to reddish/brown nymph lying on bedding
All of the aforementioned signs are proof bed bugs have been or are still present in your home.

Bed Bug Inspection Tools

Most exterminators need a little help from time to time to locate adult bed bugs and their eggs and nymphs. Nothing special, just a flashlight and magnifying glass are common bed bug tools. Adult bed bugs are difficult to detect with visual aids, the nymphs and eggs are nearly impossible to see with the naked eye. The inspector initiates the search in the insect’s common hiding place, the host’s bed. Utilizing the flashlight, the inspector begins to lift the bed linen and pillows, looking for any of the aforementioned signs. If no indication of bed bugs are found at this point, the inspector will move onto the mattress and box springs. If bed bugs are present, they will be in this general vicinity.

Bed Bugs Hide In Cracks And Crevices

The bed bug’s tiny stature allows it to turn any tiny crevice into a comfortable hiding place. When the host’s bed becomes too overcrowded for comfort, some bed bugs will move into the nearby vicinity. Tiny cracks in furniture, flooring, paneling, carpet, baseboards, drywall, electrical outlets, picture frames, electronics, and appliances. Basically, any opening with enough clearance for the bed bug to pass will become a hiding place during feedings. Bed Bugs Blend In With Cherry, Oak, mahogany, red chestnut, ebony, jacobean, walnut, and Sedona red. Inspectors carefully inspect pieces of furniture with finishes that resemble the coloration of bed bugs from the egg to the nymph to the mature adult.

Beware, Visitors!

Bed bugs will do whatever is necessary to remain low-key during their visit. While most of these bed bugs have the intention of never leaving your home, others are just waiting for their opportunity. By opportunity, the bed bug means a vulnerable passerby. Unlike home infiltration by most pests, the bed bug is brought into the home by a resident or visitor. People who frequently utilize travel accommodations, such as motels, inns, and hotels, are at a high risk of being victimized by bed bugs. University and college students who stay in dorms are also at risk. Bed bugs have been detected in both residential and commercial settings – skilled nursing facilities, hospitals, bed & breakfasts, and 5-star resorts.

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