Bed Bug Prevention
Signs you have bed bugs:
- Casings or shedded skin (bed bugs shed their skin 5 times before they are full grown)
- Blood stains or smears on sheets
- Fecal matter & small white eggs
- Bed bugs themselves (you are more likely to see a dead bed bug than a live one)
Where do bed bugs hide?
- In cracks/crevices in protected locations near a food source
- Along the seams/tufts of mattresses or box springs
- Bed frames, headboards & other bedroom furniture
- Cracked woodwork & recessed screw holes
- Upholstered chairs & sofas, especially when used for sleeping
- Under the edges of wall-to-wall-carpeting
- Under loose wallpaper
- Anywhere they can hide during the day without being disturbed
Checking for bed bugs:The best way to prevent bed bug infestation is to catch them early, before they have time to multiply & spread. Start a simple, daily monitoring program using Bed Bug ALERT Monitors. This will give you a head start when you do have bed bugs & peace of mind when you don't.
These thin plastic devices help you identify the presence of bed bugs before an infestation takes hold. The attractant gel inside lures & traps bed bugs for easy detection.
Insert Bed Bug ALERT Monitors strategically in the areas where you know bed bugs can hide. Place a monitor in your bed near the seam or the headboard. Affix one under the bed frame. Slip one in between couch cushions. Put a monitor in your luggage when you travel. Keep an eye on nursing home beds where an elderly relative lives. Bed Bug ALERT Monitors are a safe, discreet, easy way to check for bed bugs daily.