Experts Provide Tips on How to Tell if a Bedbug Infestation is Really Gone

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Entomologist Jeffrey White of BedBug Central Provides Simple Tips to Help Determine a Bedbug Infestation has been Removed

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“While using one of these tests alone cannot guarantee that bedbugs are completely gone from your home, they do provide great assistance when used together, in painting the picture of whether you still have bedbugs or not,” said White.

Even after receiving a professional treatment, people who have experienced a bedbug infestation face months with the lingering question, “How do I know all the bedbugs are gone?” In the latest episode of BedBug Central TV, research entomologist Jeffrey White of BedBug Central provides several methods that can be used to help determine if a bedbug treatment is successful.

Bedbug infestations can cause emotional stress and often leave lingering doubts regarding whether the comfort of a home can be returned. Being able to identify the symptoms of a lingering bedbugs infestation or a simple mosquito bite can be difficult, leaving residents questioning how they really know the bedbugs are gone.

White addresses the immediate concern of residents who have experienced bedbug infestations and received treatment, but are unsure of its effectiveness. He provides simple methods that can help ease the concern of an existing infestation and provide confirmation of a successful treatment.

“While using one of these tests alone cannot guarantee that bedbugs are completely gone from your home, they do provide great assistance when used together, in painting the picture of whether you still have bedbugs or not,” said White.

Watch Video: Video tips to know if an infestation is still present.

We have listed below, some of the basic monitoring methods and Do-It-Yourself Techniques that can assist you in measuring the success of the treatments and being bedbug free:

1.    One of the easiest ways to know if you still have bedbugs is to monitor the first 50-60 days post treatment for bedbug appearances.

“We know that bedbugs feed every seven to 10 days and also hatch eggs every 10 days, so after treatment their regular feeding habits should change due to the use of pesticides,” said White.

Granting the treatment a 50-60 days grace period allows bedbugs to readjust back to their regular feeding habits and eventually remain in the home or leave. So if you are no longer finding bites or other signs of bedbugs after the grace period it’s a good first indication that they are gone.

2.    Try using affordable interception devices, which can be installed under the bed or in the bed to see if any bugs are still present. If you do not collect any bugs after a period of time, this is another good indication that you may no longer have bedbugs. Monitors should not be relied upon as a core test; however we have proven that 80 percent of the time monitoring products will catch bugs if they are present in low infestation areas. So try using them in conjunction with other methods for better accuracy.

3.    Active monitors like the NightWatch, can also be used to catch bugs. The NightWatch releases carbon dioxide and heat, which attracts bedbugs, to capture them. These monitors typically run in bigger sizes, but are very helpful in finding bedbugs in your home.

4.    A homemade friendly technique is our do-it-yourself tray which uses a small ice cooler and a dog bowl. This is an easy option for anyone. You simply put dry ice into the cooler, flip the dog bowl upside down and place the cooler in the center. White explained that as the ice melts it releases carbon dioxide which will attract the bedbugs and then trap them within the walls of the dog bowl.

For each device listed, we also provide instructional videos online at BedBug Central TV to assist you in running these tests. White reiterated in the video that none of these options alone can determine whether bedbugs are still present in your home, but when you use them together, they do provide a good idea of whether your bedbug treatment was successful or not.
For more information about bedbugs visit http://www.bedbugcetral.com.

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BedBug Central serves as one of the nation’s most authoritative information resource and website available to the public for information concerning bed bugs and bed bug related issues concerning health, prevention, and treatment methods. More information can be obtained at http://www.bedbugcentral.com.

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