How to Know If Your Bed Bugs Infestations Are Gone
Anyone who has dealt with bed bugs in their home knows just how difficult it can be to get rid of these pests. A small number of them can typically be handled by the homeowner, but it often takes a professional to handle bed bug infestations.
Regardless of how you eliminate this threat, it is important to know whether or not the bed bugs are all gone once a treatment has been performed. To help you out, here are a few indications that the infestation is over once you or your professional have conducted an extermination:
The itching has finally stopped.
With a bed bug infestation comes a great deal of itching and redness on your skin where the parasite had been sucking your blood at night. In fact, this is often the first indication of bed bug infestations. Luckily, these insects do not carry any diseases, so the danger element is very low, but for sensitive skin, there's some irritation and a slight chance of infection. If your extermination has been successful, you'll start waking up in the morning free of any bed bug bites.
Your furniture no longer has any feces.
One of the signs of bed bugs is the discovery of feces in a piece of furniture, such as a couch, chair, or bed. Testing for feces is quite simple. All you need to do is slip on a disposable rubber glove and slide your hand inside the folds of the furniture. If you hand comes back with black markings, those are feces. Before an extermination is conducted, be sure to clean these areas thoroughly. That way, you can test for feces again without it being a false positive. If you hand comes back without any feces, you're in the clear.
Bed bug traps yield no results.
There are two variety of traps used to both test for and help prevent bed bug infestations. The first is an active trap, where bed bugs are attracted to the trap because of the bait inside. The second are inactive traps, which are typically placed around the legs of your bed, When the bed bugs try to get to you at night in order to suck your blood, they just fall right in. After your extermination is complete, set up a few traps and see if you catch any. If not, then there's a great likelihood that they're all gone.
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has worked in the pest control industry for the past 17 years. The last 8 years was spent as a Vice President of one of the most well respected regional Pest Control Companies in New York. He is part of a NESDCA Certified Dog Team