are known for a variety of things. There are also a variety of things they are not highly known for, including being adept hitchhikers. These pests can latch on to your shoes or luggage and ride them for miles, right into your home where they’ll take up residence, mate, and reproduce until there’s a whole household. That being said, some things these bugs are known for are their hiding abilities and their quick wits. They are so quick-witted that they will go out of their way to avoid detection. There have even been cases when these bugs changed their sleeping habits so that they could feed on their hosts when they were sleeping.
You combine this with the fact that these bugs are as thin as a credit card and like to settle into areas of the home that are rarely accessed like cracks and crevices, and it just makes the situation all that more troubling. Unfortunately, scouring, cleaning, and vacuuming every nook and cranny of the home is not enough either. It’s certainly a good start to removing the infestation, but it will not be enough to fully get the job done. If you want to get these bugs out of the home entirely and fully, you’ll likely have to know how to make them come out of hiding.
Bed Bugs Are Hiding And I Can’t Find Them! Help!
While bed bugs
are excellent hiders and quick-witted, you can outsmart them with the right tips and information. Here’s what you need to know about these bugs and tricking them into coming out of hiding. This is something that’ll help with both detection and elimination.
- When you start hunting bed bugs, you’ll have to start when you normally sleep. Do you normally sleep during the day and work at night? Maybe you sleep at night like most folks. Whatever the situation is, this is when and where you will want to start your search because this is when these bugs are most likely active.
- When you know the time of the day or night to start, you’ll first want to start by moving the furniture and bed away from the walls. The reason for this is to force the bugs to travel up the legs of the furniture or beds. Bed bugs usually come out of hiding when you are asleep, climb up the legs or walls, and feed. When you move the furniture and beds away from the walls it forces the bugs to travel up the legs to access the host.
- After the beds and furniture items are relocated away from the walls, you’ll be ready to begin placing traps under the legs of these pieces. The trick is to try to force them into the traps. That being said, there will be a variety of traps or lures that you can take advantage of. One of the cheaper, yet effective ones, is the dish trap. This is a dish-like device that installs under the legs of your furniture and beds. It is designed so that when bed bugs enter they cannot escape.
- Another trap of lure available to you is the CO2 device. It is designed similarly to that of the dish device. However, the major difference here is that this device emits CO2 to lure the bugs out of hiding. Bed bugs are attracted to CO2 and this will be enough to trick them into coming out of hiding. Something else to keep in mind is that some of these devices are designed in a similar dish fashion as that of the dish-like traps while some of them will be designed with glue strips or glue paper. Either way, the theory is the same.
- One of the more popular traps or lures available today is the heat trap. This one emits heat to lure the bugs out of hiding. It is also installed under the legs of the furniture and bed pieces and can either be designed like a dish or equipped with glue paper. Once again, the results will be the same. Once the bugs enter the trap, they will be unable to escape.
Remember There Are Other Tools Available To You
The truth of the matter is that it is best to always employ several different tactics and lures when trying to lure bed bugs out of hiding. These are incredibly smart and resilient creatures, and the more tools you have in your arsenal, the better equipped you’ll be to handle the situation ahead. That being said, there is no more effective tool than the pest management professional. There are a variety of ways a professional can help besides giving pertinent guidance.
A good bed bug pest management professional can help you choose and install the best lures, traps, and detection devices possible. There are things you can do on your own, but the pest management professional is just another one of the tools at your fingertips, so why not take advantage? With the right tools, tips, and information, you shouldn’t have a problem luring bugs out of hiding. Whether you have more questions, concerns, or want to learn more about traps and lures, you can give our offices a call anytime. We also have someone standing by ready, willing, and able to help. All you have to do is pick up the phone and give us a call!