Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Finding Bed Bugs

This is a great photograph of bed bugs throughout their life-cycle.  Continue reading to learn about common hiding places:

Unless disturbed bed bugs like to remain inactive during the day.  They thrive in warm, dark places that allow for burrowing, especially textured crevices such as cushion and mattress seams or welting.  Other common hiding places are box springs, under couch cushions, and the crevice between walls and carpeting.  Really, any protected position they can squeeze into will work.  Once established the bugs nestle together in these small spaces.  When concentrated in such groups the bugs emit a very distinctive, some say sweet, smell.  This smell is a combination of pheromones and digested host blood.  Blood spotting on mattresses and sheets are a tell-tale sign of an infestation.  Often, humans are able to smell a significant problem before actually seeing any bed bugs.  Specially trained dogs, such as Scout, are able to detect exactly where this troublesome pest hides.  Without this advantage bed bugs are easily missed.  Scout is the best way to avoid costly reoccurring problems.