I read your page on bed bugs. I agree that we should determine our problem before treating. I have had been attacked by bed bugs in a hotel 3 years ago, and now they appear to be in our home (Based on the bites – and how they move a little and bite again).
This weekend we tore apart the bed, night stand and dresser, and we don’t see any evidence-fecees, bugs,…. I’m thinking we are pretty newly infected. I was at my mom’s house over Christmas/New Years, and I suspect I picked them up there. I didn’t notice any bites, but I remember seeing a small bug one day in the bathroom. Probably travelled to our house by suitcase.
I saw your write up stating to use the Flea Trap as a device to capture them (Since I haven’t seen any yet – I would like to capture one for evidence). I was wondering, if they only come out at night, wouldn’t this device make light so they wouldn’t come to it? I agree the heat definitely draws them. My body heat is more than my wife, and only I seem to be getting bitten. Of course I think her allergic reaction may not even exist and they probably are biting her.
Have you ever caught bed bugs with this Flea Trap? I don’t want to spend money on something that may not work. The light in the picture makes me think they will stay away from this. How else would they be nocturnal?
First, if you review the BEDBUG CONTROL ARTICLE, you’ll see we don’t state to use the trap for catching bedbugs. In fact, we state you should use it when you are unsure of what you have active that might be biting. Since this trap has caught so many different biting insects that forage at night (many of which are attracted to light and even some that are thought to not like light) we learned it can be helpful for these situations. Here is an excerpt from our article making reference to the trap:
“….for those of you not sure whether or not you have bedbugs here is what you must do. First, get one of our HEAT TRAPS. This device was created for flea control. We have sold thousands of them over the years and during that time have learned they work very well for not only fleas but other pests. Any heat seeking insect like a mosquito, gnat, flea, etc has been attracted and trapped by these devices. We have used them as an aid for bedbugs on several occasions when we have been at a loss as to what pest was present. The best way to use one is to set it up, plug it in and place it at the foot of …”
The link you supplied was from our shopping cart which gives more information on what it is and not about any specific pest so that’s probably where you got confused. We don’t recommend using this device for catching bedbugs but it does catch a bunch of other pests which like to bite people so when we have inquiries asking “what can I do to figure out what I have”, this trap is many times the best answer.
Second, I have seen bedbugs forage during the day when hungry so even though they tend to be active at night, they’ll bite anytime a meal is present and accessible. Remember, most people (and other warm blooded animals) sleep at night and during this time are quite vulnerable. I suspect this is why bedbugs mostly feed under the guise of darkness and over time have grown to prefer this time period but they aren’t so much afraid of light as they are afraid of being seen. Darkness helps conceal their movement and for obvious reasons a “safer” time for them to forage.
Lastly, I think there are 1-2 products you can start applying which will take care of most pests that could be involved here so I suggest you give us a call on our toll free 1-800-877-7290. I’m sure after answering a few questions we’ll be able to come up with a strategy that will cover most anything you might have and for now, this could be the best approach.