Bed bugs are not known to carry disease. They aren’t even considered a pest by many government bodies. Many people would consider them harmless, but I doubt anyone who has had them would be inclined to agree. When you’re dealing with a bed bug infestation, you may lose countless hours of sleep over the stress of waking up to bites every morning. You need a way to stop bed bugs from reaching you while you sleep, and bed bug traps are one of the most effective ways to do that.
How to Find Bed Bugs
If you suspect bed bugs are in your home, but you don’t know for sure, you should confirm an infestation before starting a treatment. You wouldn’t want to spend the time and money trying to treat the wrong thing, right? Bed bug traps are a great way to help detect an infestation in your home, and can help you gauge their population and likely hiding places.
Elevate your bed by placing ClimbUp Insect Interceptors under each leg of the frame. Since bed bugs can’t jump or fly, they have to crawl to reach you. With the proper interceptors in place, any bed bugs that try to climb up the legs of your bed will fall into the trap’s pitfall, and won’t be able to climb back up its talcum-lined walls. If you have bed bugs in your home, you should see some in your traps within the first couple of nights. Check your bed bug traps daily to monitor their population.
How to Stop Bed Bug Bites
If you’re waking up every morning with what you know are bed bug bites, you probably want to stop the biting for good. Achieving that isn’t as simple as spraying where you think the bugs are coming from. Bed bugs are very good hiders; you likely can’t reach every spot they’ve nested in with a single spray product. Your best option is to cut off access to their food supply: you.
Begin by removing your sheets, blankets, and pillowcases; seal those in garbage bags and take them directly to the washing machine. While your bedding is being washed and dried on high heat settings (if possible), give your mattress and box spring a thorough vacuuming to remove bed bugs and their eggs from the seams and cracks that they like to hang out in. Before you put your bed back together, seal your mattress (and preferably your box spring and pillows as well) in certified bed bug-proof encasements. With your bed freshly cleaned and sealed in encasements, bed bugs that were already present in your bed will either have been killed instantly or trapped inside the encasements to starve.
To keep bed bugs from reaching your bed from elsewhere in your home, you’ll want to place bed bug traps under each leg of your bed frame. This will keep the bugs from climbing up the frame and reaching you. While these steps aren’t enough to eliminate all bed bug activity in your home, at least you’ll be able to sleep peacefully while you work on a more thorough treatment.
How to Avoid Bed Bugs While Traveling
Bed bug traps are useful for more than just home defense. Since bed bugs are so commonly found in hotels and other high-traffic places, it’s essential to take steps to protect yourself while on the go.
Bed bugs find their next meal by following the carbon dioxide trail we emit by breathing. Pheromone traps, like the Bed Bug Alert by Bird-X, can trick bed bugs and lure them into a sticky glue. Place these traps on the box spring under your hotel bed’s mattress, glossy side up. Put one near the head of the bed, and another near the foot.
For additional travel protection, keep the contents of your luggage in sealed luggage liners and heat-treat your belongings with a portable bed bug heater after your trip.