October 10, 2016

Detection and Prevention

Detection

Do you have bed bugs? Are you sure? Bed bug detection products help you verify that you indeed have bed bugs and give you the confidence of identifying where they are so you can target and eliminate bed bugs.

Bed bug detectors detect them by trapping them. Basically they are made so that bed bugs can get in but they can’t go out. Remember that these are not meant to eliminate bed bugs, only detect them. Special UV black lights help you see where bed bugs are. Since they are mainly active at night they’re hard to see but the special lights help make it easier. They’re also great to bring when on vacation to make sure hotel beds and sheets are clean and bed bug free.

Once you find out that you have bed bugs, move on to the next step and buy products to exterminate them! Here are some great detection products that worked for me.

My Recommendations

The LightsOut Bedbug Detector would be my first choice. It has a sturdy design and they are great to place under the legs of beds and furniture to trap bed bugs as well as prevent them from crawling up your bed. I keep them under the legs of my bed even though I got rid of the bed bugs just for peace of mind. If they can’t crawl up, they can’t bite me. If they can’t bite me they’ll starve and die.

There are other great detectors as well which I listed below. The BEAP coaster trap is another good detector that is reusable and tells you in which general direction the bed bugs came from. The Glue Interceptor Pack also tells you which direction the bed bugs came from as they get trapped in the glue but this is more a disposable product so you have to throw it away after use.

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LightsOut Bedbug Detector Chemical Free Reusable Pitfall Trap For Furniture or Bed Legs (4-Pack)

LightsOut™ is the latest innovation in bed bug detection. It is used to detect the presence of bed bugs in a structure by simply placing the device under the legs of beds, upholstered furniture, etc. LightsOut™ will intercept bed bugs as they move around in search of a blood meal.

This Cutting-edge interception device was developed by leading bed bug expert Jeffery White of BedBug Central. Preliminary tests have shown LightsOut™ to be both a highly effective interception device and aesthetically pleasing compared to other devices currently on the market.

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BEAP 10013 4-Pack Detector Bed Bug Coaster Trap

Bug infestations are most commonly found in mattresses, box springs, and floorboards. The Detector is the only trap in the market engineered to determine where the bed bugs are coming from and stop them from climbing back up furniture posts. Save time and energy by correctly identifying the source of the infestation prior to targeted treatments. Engineered to intercept and trap bed bugs before they reach your bed. Detect early infestations. Monitor the efficacy of treatments.

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Bed Bug Trap Control Monitor Detector and Glue Interceptor 4-Pack

The leaveMeBe bed bug detector will help you confirm whether there are indeed bed bugs in your furniture or not, by placing the detector under the suspected furniture and trapping the bed bugs that may be trying to climb onto the bed. If the trap does indeed catch bed bugs, you may have to call a professional to get rid of them, this trap in only an indicator.

 

LED Ultraviolet Black Light Flashlight

As you might have found out, bed bugs are extremely hard to find unless the infestation is really bad. They often come out at night and go into hiding during the day so how are you supposed to find them? Well a UV black light flashlight will do the job as you can use them as a bed bug light detector. Make sure all the lights are off as the darker the room the better it will work. Check seams as that’s their favorite place to hide. Once you’ve found them, EXTERMINATE THEM!

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Powerful LED Ultraviolet Black Light Flashlight Detects Bed Bugs Pack

This Powerful UV optics-x 100 LED Ultraviolet Flashlight is just the tool you need for finding those unwanted pet urine stains you can smell but can’t see. Check for bodily fluids, lice or bed bugs in the bedding of your hotel room when you travel. There are many things the human eye just can’t see, the Ultraviolet light wave from this UV flashlight will help protect you from many of them around your home, office or business.

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LOFTEK® 51 UV Ultraviolet Flashlight 395 nM LED Handheld Blacklight

This large uv flashlight with 51 uv LEDs allows you to cover a much bigger area without losing the intensity of the UV light. The applications is perfect for inspection applications, security control, rodent contamination, hotel room inspection, and much more. Emits 395 nanometer wavelength 51 UV LED allow to cover a larger area Makes semen stains and other bodily fluids fluoresce! Perfect for outside use such as hunting scorpions and minerals! Water and shock resistant! Perfect for Leak Detection! Rugged, machined aluminum construction with knurled design! Due to the intensity of this UV LED device UV protective glasses are recommended. Do not look into this device while operating nor shine in any person’s eyes.

 

Prevention

Once you’ve won the battle and destroyed the bed bugs, you’ll want to take measures to make sure they never come back! Use these bed bug prevention products to help you do just that and give you peace of mind.

A bed bug mattress cover will trap any bed bugs that you may have in the mattress and starve them to death because they can’t come out to feed on you. Inversely, you won’t get any new bed bugs hiding and burrowing in your mattress so detection and extermination is easier. The faster you spot them the less likely they are to reproduce and cause a problem.

I bought one myself and it works great! It’s so soft and comfy but make sure you get the right size for you mattress to ensure a snug fit. You don’t want it to be loose otherwise there’s a greater chance of it ripping.

My Recommendations

This was the first thing I got when I found out I had bed bugs. I didn’t want things to go out of control so I had to trap whatever bed bugs were already in my mattress and starve them to death. At least at that point I’d only have to deal with whatever bed bugs were outside which I prayed wasn’t as much than what was already on my mattress.  This definitely cut down on the number of bed bugs I had to exterminate and is a good investment as it also keeps any future bed bugs out!

Any of the following mattress covers are great. They all have similar features and do the job but I like SureGuard because they have a 30-day money back guarantee! One important thing to keep in mind when choosing a mattress cover is to make sure you get the correct size based on your mattress.

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Queen (13-16 in. Deep) SureGuard Mattress Encasement – 100% Waterproof, Bed Bug Proof, Hypoallergenic

100% Waterproof
Provides six-sided premium protection against night sweats, urine, liquids and stains – keeping the entire mattress fresh and clean.

Bed Bug Proof
Super fine zipper with Invisi-Zip and SureSeal technology completely seals off your mattress from bed bugs – best used with SureGuard Pillow Protectors and a SureGuard Box Spring Encasement.

Simple to Clean
Machine wash with cool water. Tumble dry low heat or air dry. Do not bleach, iron, or dry clean.

Money-Back Guarantee
When you buy a SureGuard Mattress Encasement, you have 30 days to try it risk-free. If it doesn’t work for you, simply return it for a full refund (less shipping costs). In addition, SureGuard offers a 10-year full replacement warranty.

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Sleep Defense System – Waterproof / Bed Bug Proof Mattress Encasement – 60-Inch by 80-Inch, Queen

The Sleep Defense System by Hospitology Products brings Hotel and Healthcare caliber bedding protection to your home. Featuring extra-tough seam construction, high thread-count polyester knit fabric and a full 1ml thick polyurethane waterproof layer. Ultra-plush knit fabric is soft to the touch. Fully breathable-does not trap heat and is cool to sleep on.

Bed bugs are infesting homes and apartments at an alarming rate and mattress encasements are an effective defense. Help ease asthma and other respiratory symptoms by preventing allergens, dust mites and bacteria from reaching the sleeper. This encasement will accommodate a mattress height of 12″-18″. It is fully zippered on 3 sides and features Allergy Blocker to prevent allergens from exiting through the zipper. Bug Flap and Zipper Lock ensure that your mattress encasement remains bed bug proof for the life of your mattress.

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LINENSPA Zippered Encasement Waterproof, Dust Mite Proof, Bed Bug Proof Breathable Mattress Protector – Queen Size

Soft, Breathable Fabric
Soft, breathable fabric helps maintain a cool temperature and comfortable sleep surface. A thin waterproof membrane has micro-pores that allow air to pass while blocking liquids, bugs and allergens for protection that does not compromise airflow. Designed to provide a secure fit on mattresses up to 12 inches deep, this protector feels and sounds like sleeping on fabric, not a sweaty, crinkly tarp.

Waterproof, Bed Bug Proof, Dust Mite Proof
The LINENSPA Encasement Mattress Protector completely surrounds your mattress and zips closed to form a reliable barrier against fluids, spills, bed bugs, dust mites and allergens. Lightweight fabric backed by a thin waterproof barrier guards the top, sides and bottom of your mattress.

Safe for Kids and Pets
This vinyl free protector is safe for use with children and pets. For convenience, protector is machine washable and dryer safe. Machine wash hot. Tumble dry low heat. Do not bleach, iron or dry clean.


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