Buying Bed Bug Detectors: What are Your Options?

A bed bug on a cloth

After an extended period of obscurity, bed bugs are back in significant numbers. Hotels, residential areas, and transport services are experiencing a surge of bed bug infestation. This is probably a consequence of using ineffective over-the-counter pesticides and other DIY treatment methods. These treatments have led to the emergence of resistant bugs.

If you want to know if your Salt Lake City home is infested by bed bugs, you need to get a monitor or detector. If you identify an infestation, call a pest control company immediately. A1 Exterminators cites the most common types of monitors you can use.

Active Bed Bug Detectors

These monitors use carbon dioxide, host odors, or heat to attract bed bugs. This is because bed bugs come out of their hiding places when they detect a warm body near them. Active monitors lure the pests out with sticky traps. These detectors are ideal for uninhabited rooms when you are not sure if the there’s a bed bug infestation. Their goal is to confirm bed bug presence.

Passive Bed Bug Monitors

Passive monitors are used with external bait. They trap bugs that have been attracted out of their hiding spots by a warm body. When they come out, the bait catches them and prevents them from biting. They are used in inhabited rooms where there is an infestation. Their main purpose is to determine the numbers of bugs or the severity of infestation.

Bed Bug Interceptors

Interceptors are a blend of active and passive monitors. These systems use host odors and carbon dioxide to attract bed bugs, and then external baits to trap them. They detect the presence and amount of bed bugs, as well as evaluate the efficacy of a specific bed bug treatment.

Your choice of a monitor will depend on your circumstances. For all monitors, you will see results in a few days. Work with a pest control company that is well-equipped and experienced to handle your bed bug problem. DIY measures might just worsen the situation.