One of the most difficult things people deal with when they suspect that they have bed bugs is confirming an infestation, or knowing when an infestation has ended after treatments. Bed bugs are notoriously difficult to find; when they’re not looking for a meal, they prefer to tuck away into tight spaces where they can’t easily be seen. Bite marks aren’t a strong indicator of a bed bug infestation, since the marks could be from an allergic reaction or from bites from other pests, such as ants or mosquitoes.
In order to confirm the presence of bed bugs in a room, especially in unoccupied rooms such as family rooms or recently vacated bedrooms, pest control professionals often employ the use of active bed bug monitors. These devices feature a luring system that imitates a sleeping person, drawing bed bugs out of their hiding places and into a trap that the operator can check regularly. Today we’re going to be reviewing the best professional bed bug monitor on the market: the NightWatch.
The NightWatch has been on the market for years. It was developed as the first professional-grade bed bug monitor, and is still the best tool for the job today. The secret to its success is that it uses three different luring methods: carbon dioxide, radiated heat, and a kairomone scented lure. This combination is the best way to mimic a sleeping host, which is the key to drawing bed bugs out of their hiding places throughout a room so that an operator can confirm their presence.
The NightWatch comes in a few basic pieces, and setting it up for use is pretty simple. The packaged unit comes with a power cord, two pitfall traps (one for each side of the monitor), a three-pack of kairomone lures, and a top cover that conceals the kairomone lure and part of the radiator. Everything you need is included except for a Co2 bottle, which can be ordered separately on our site and filled for a few bucks at most local paintball supply or sporting goods stores. Any bottle around 18 to 24 ounces in capacity should fit as long as it has a brass fitting.
To attach the filled Co2 bottle, insert it into the opening opposite of the LED display and screw it into the outlet inside. Then, remove the label covering the opening of the chemical lure and place the lure on top of the unit. Be sure to connect this round opening to the peg on top of the NightWatch. Now you can attach the top cover and the pitfall traps on either side of the unit.
Bed bugs are most active at night while we sleep, which is why the NightWatch features a digital clock, and will only emit Co2 and heat from 10 PM to 6 AM. When you plug in the NightWatch, you’ll need to use the “TIME SET” button to set the appropriate time. Once everything is set up, the NightWatch will continue to work on its own for 3-4 nights, which is when the Co2 bottle should be refilled or replaced. The kairomone lure should be replaced every seven days; refill packs are available here.
Without an active bed bug monitor, and without a human host to act as the bait, it’s difficult to determine if there are bed bugs in a room. A bed bug will only feed once every five to ten days when a host is available. If they can’t find one nearby, they may enter a hibernative state and remain dormant for up to a year.
The NightWatch active bed bug monitor is the most effective way to solve this problem. It can be used to confirm bed bug activity in unoccupied rooms, such as recently vacated bedrooms, hotel rooms, or apartment units. The NightWatch also essential when treating these unoccupied spaces, since it can draw bed bugs out of hiding to make sure that they come in contact with any chemical sprays or powders that have been applied. Whether you need an active monitor for confirmation, prevention, or treatment, there is no better choice on the market than a NightWatch.