How Bed Bugs Take Birth
Bed Bugs FAQs
What are bed bugs?
Bed bugs (Cimex lectularius) are small, flat, parasitic insects that feed solely on the blood of people and animals while they sleep. Bed bugs are reddish-brown in color, wingless, range from 1mm to 7mm (roughly the size of Lincoln’s head on a penny), and can live several months without a blood meal.
Where are bed bugs found?
Bed bugs are found across the globe from North and South America, to Africa, Asia and Europe. Although the presence of bed bugs has traditionally been seen as a problem in developing countries, it has recently been spreading rapidly in parts of the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, and other parts of Europe. Bed bugs have been found in five-star hotels and resorts and their presence is not determined by the cleanliness of the living conditions where they are found.
Bed bug infestations usually occur around or near the areas where people sleep. These areas include apartments, shelters, rooming houses, hotels, cruise ships, buses, trains, and dorm rooms. They hide during the day in places such as seams of mattresses, box springs, bed frames, headboards, dresser tables, inside cracks or crevices, behind wallpaper, or any other clutter or objects around a bed. Bed bugs have been shown to be able to travel over 100 feet in a night but tend to live within 8 feet of where people sleep.
Do bed bugs spread disease?
Bed bugs are not known to spread disease. Bed bugs can be an annoyance because their presence may cause itching and loss of sleep. Sometimes the itching can lead to excessive scratching that can sometimes increase the chance of a secondary skin infection.
What health risks do bed bugs pose?
A bed bug bite affects each person differently. Bite responses can range from an absence of any physical signs of the bite, to a small bite mark, to a serious allergic reaction. Bed bugs are not considered to be dangerous; however, an allergic reaction to several bites may need medical attention.
What are the signs and symptoms of a bed bug infestation?
One of the easiest ways to identify a bed bug infestation is by the tell-tale bite marks on the face, neck, arms, hands, or any other body parts while sleeping. However, these bite marks may take as long as 14 days to develop in some people so it is important to look for other clues when determining if bed bugs have infested an area. These signs include:
- the bed bugs’ exoskeletons after molting,
- bed bugs in the fold of mattresses and sheets,
- rusty–colored blood spots due to their blood-filled fecal material that they excrete on the mattress or nearby furniture, and
- a sweet musty odor.
How do I know if I’ve been bitten by a bed bug?
It is hard to tell if you’ve been bitten by a bed bug unless you find bed bugs or signs of infestation. When bed bugs bite, they inject an anesthetic and an anticoagulant that prevents a person from realizing they are being bitten. Most people do not realize they have been bitten until bite marks appear anywhere from one to several days after the initial bite. The bite marks are similar to that of a mosquito or a flea — a slightly swollen and red area that may itch and be irritating. The bite marks may be random or appear in a straight line. Other symptoms of bed bug bites include insomnia, anxiety, and skin problems that arise from profuse scratching of the bites.
Because bed bug bites affect everyone differently, some people may have no reaction and will not develop bite marks or any other visible signs of being bitten. Other people may be allergic to the bed bugs and can react adversely to the bites. These allergic symptoms can include enlarged bite marks, painful swellings at the bite site, and, on rare occasions, anaphylaxis.
How did I get bed bugs?
Bed bugs are experts at hiding. Their slim flat bodies allow them to fit into the smallest of spaces and stay there for long periods of time, even without a blood meal. Bed bugs are usually transported from place to place as people travel. The bed bugs travel in the seams and folds of luggage, overnight bags, folded clothes, bedding, furniture, and anywhere else where they can hide. Most people do not realize they are transporting stow-away bed bugs as they travel from location to location, infecting areas as they travel.
Who is at risk for getting bed bugs?
Everyone is at risk for getting bed bugs when visiting an infected area. However, anyone who travels frequently and shares living and sleeping quarters where other people have previously slept has a higher risk of being bitten and or spreading a bed bug infestation.
How are bed bugs treated and prevented?
Bed bug bites usually do not pose a serious medical threat. The best way to treat a bite is to avoid scratching the area and apply antiseptic creams or lotions and take an antihistamine. Bed bug infestations are commonly treated by insecticide spraying. If you suspect that you have an infestation, contact your landlord or professional pest control company that is experienced with treating bed bugs. The best way to prevent bed bugs is regular inspection for the signs of an infestation.
This information is not meant to be used for self-diagnosis or as a substitute for consultation with a health care provider. If you have any questions about the parasites described above or think that you may have a parasitic infection, consult a health care provider.
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Bed Bugs – What They Are and How to Control Them
Bed bugs have been around for thousands of years. They feed on blood, but are not known to spread any diseases to humans. Some people can be allergic to their bites. Getting rid of a bed bug infestation is not easy, but there are steps you can take to control the problem. There are also steps you can take to avoid bringing bed bugs home.
What are bed bugs?
How can bed bugs get into my home?
- They can come from other infested areas or from used furniture. They can hitch a ride in luggage, purses, backpacks, or other items placed on soft or upholstered surfaces.
- They can travel between rooms in multi-unit buildings, such as apartment complexes and hotels.
How can I avoid bringing bed bugs into my home?
- When staying in a hotel, place your bag on a suitcase stand rather than on the bed or floor. Keep the rack away from walls or furniture. When returning home, wash the clothes from your trip and put them in a hot dryer.
- Inspect new and used furniture before bringing it inside. Look in seams, tufts and under cushions.
How do I know if I have a bed bug problem?
- You can see the bed bugs themselves, their shed skins, or their droppings in mattress seams and other items in the bedroom.
- There may also be blood stains on sheets.
How do I control a bed bug problem in my home?
It can be done, but it usually requires what is called an "integrated pest management" (IPM) approach. This combines techniques that pose the lowest risk to your health and the environment. Try these strategies:
- Clean and get rid of clutter, especially in your bedroom.
- Move your bed away from walls or furniture.
- Vacuum molding, windows and floors every day. Vacuum sides and seams of mattresses, box springs and furniture. Empty the vacuum or the bag immediately and dispose of outside in a sealed container or bag.
- Wash sheets, pillow cases, blankets and bed skirts and put them in a hot dryer for at least 30 minutes. Consider using mattress and box spring covers –the kind used for dust mite control–and put duct tape over the zippers.
- Seal cracks and crevices and any openings where pipes or wires come into the home.
Should I also try pesticides?
Pesticides may not be effective and can be dangerous if used improperly. If you decide to use pesticides, follow these rules:
- Only use pesticides that are registered by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (look for the U.S. EPA Registration Number on the label) and make sure they are labeled to control bed bugs.
- Do not apply pesticides directly to your body (there are no repellents registered to control bed bugs that can be used on the human body).
- Do not use outdoor pesticides indoors.
- If you decide to hire a pest control company, make sure they have experience with bed bugs. They should follow the steps of IPM, along with any pesticide application. Use a company that is registered and employs licensed applicators. The Department of Environmental Conservation has a list of registered companies.
It takes time and persistence to get rid of bed bugs, and in some cases, the cooperation of landlords, neighbors and others. It can be physically and emotionally exhausting. It can also be expensive when pest control companies are called in. Just remember – bed bugs are more of a nuisance than a health concern and, with vigilance, you can avoid or deal with infestations.
See the following for more information on bed bug biology and control measures:
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Bedbugs are small, oval, brownish insects that live on the blood of animals or humans. Adult bedbugs have flat bodies about the size of an apple seed. After feeding, however, their bodies swell and are a reddish color.
Bedbugs do not fly, but they can move quickly over floors, walls, and ceilings. Female bedbugs may lay hundreds of eggs, each of which is about the size of a speck of dust, over a lifetime.
Immature bedbugs, called nymphs, shed their skins five times before reaching maturity and require a meal of blood before each shedding. Under favorable conditions the bugs can develop fully in as little as a month and produce three or more generations per year.
Although they are a nuisance, they are not thought to transmit diseases.
Where Bed Bugs Hide
Bedbugs may enter your home undetected through luggage, clothing, used beds and couches, and other items. Their flattened bodies make it possible for them to fit into tiny spaces, about the width of a credit card. Bedbugs do not have nests like ants or bees, but tend to live in groups in hiding places. Their initial hiding places are typically in mattresses, box springs, bed frames, and headboards where they have easy access to people to bite in the night.
Over time, however, they may scatter through the bedroom, moving into any crevice or protected location. They may also spread to nearby rooms or apartments.
Because bedbugs live solely on blood, having them in your home is not a sign of dirtiness. You are as likely to find them in immaculate homes and hotel rooms as in filthy ones.
When Bedbugs Bite
Bedbugs are active mainly at night and usually bite people while they are sleeping. They feed by piercing the skin and withdrawing blood through an elongated beak. The bugs feed from three to 10 minutes to become engorged and then crawl away unnoticed.
Most bedbug bites are painless at first, but later turn into itchy welts. Unlike flea bites that are mainly around the ankles, bedbug bites are on any area of skin exposed while sleeping. Also, the bites do not have a red spot in the center like flea bites do.
People who don’t realize they have a bedbug infestation may attribute the itching and welts to other causes, such as mosquitoes. To confirm bedbug bites, you must find and identify the bugs themselves.
Signs of Infestation
If you wake up with itchy areas you didn’t have when you went to sleep, you may have bedbugs, particularly if you got a used bed or other used furniture around the time the bites started. Other signs that you have bedbugs include:
- Blood stains on your sheets or pillowcases
- Dark or rusty spots of bedbug excrement on sheets and mattresses, bed clothes, and walls
- Bedbug fecal spots, egg shells, or shed skins in areas where bedbugs hide
- An offensive, musty odor from the bugs’ scent glands
If you suspect an infestation, remove all bedding and check it carefully for signs of the bugs or their excrement. Remove the dust cover over the bottom of the box springs and examine the seams in the wood framing. Peel back the fabric where it is stapled to the wood frame.
Also, check the area around the bed, including inside books, telephones or radios, the edge of the carpet, and even in electrical outlets. Check your closet, because bedbugs can attach to clothing. If you are uncertain about signs of bedbugs, call an exterminator, who will know what to look for.
If you find signs of infestation, begin steps to get rid of the bugs and prevent their return.
Getting rid of bedbugs begins with cleaning up the places where bedbugs live. This should include the following:
- Clean bedding, linens, curtains, and clothing in hot water and dry them on the highest dryer setting. Place stuffed animals, shoes, and other items that can’t be washed in the dryer and run on high for 30 minutes.
- Use a stiff brush to scrub mattress seams to remove bedbugs and their eggs before vacuuming.
- Vacuum your bed and surrounding area frequently. After vacuuming, immediately place the vacuum cleaner bag in a plastic bag and place in garbage can outdoors.
- Encase mattress and box springs with a tightly woven, zippered cover to keep bedbugs from entering or escaping. Bedbugs may live up to a year without feeding, so keep the cover on your mattress for at least a year to make sure all bugs in the mattress are dead.
- Repair cracks in plaster and glue down peeling wallpaper to get rid of places bedbugs can hide.
- Get rid of clutter around the bed.
If your mattress is infested, you may want to get rid of it and get a new one, but take care to rid the rest of your home of bedbugs or they will infest your new mattress.
While cleaning up infested areas will be helpful in controlling bedbugs, getting rid of them usually requires chemical treatments. Because treating your bed and bedroom with insecticides can be harmful, it is important to use products that can be used safely in bedrooms. Do not treat mattresses and bedding unless the label specifically says you can use them on bedding.
Generally it is safest and most effective to hire an experienced pest control professional for bedbug extermination.
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Bedbugs Slideshow: An Informative Look at Bedbugs
DonвЂ™t Let the Bedbugs Bite
As if you needed something else to worry about, bedbugs, those pests from the old bedtime rhyme are making a comeback. More of a nuisance than a health hazard, theyвЂ™re showing up to suck blood from people in hotels, college dorms, and hospitals. Take an informative look at bedbugs: what they are, where they lurk, and how to spot them before they get you.
Know the Enemy
Bedbugs are small, flat, wingless insects with six legs that, like mosquitoes, feed on blood from animals or people. They range in color from almost white to brown, but they turn rusty red after feeding. The common bedbug doesn’t grow much longer than 0.2 inches (0.5 centimeters) and can be seen by the naked eye to the astute observer.В Bedbugs get their name because they like to hide in bedding and mattresses.
Am I at Risk for Infestation?
Bedbugs are most often found in hotels, hostels, shelters, and apartment complexes where lots of people come and go. Because bedbugs hide in small crevices, they can hitch a ride into your home on luggage, pets, furniture, clothing, boxes, and other objects. Bedbugs are found worldwide, but are most common in developing countries. Once rare in North America, they may be on the rise due, in part, to increases in international travel.
These nocturnal creatures can hide in beds, floors, furniture, wood, and paper trash during the day. We humans usually become their dinner during the night, with peak biting activity just before dawn.They can obtain their meal in as little as three minutes, after which they are engorged and drop off the host, then crawl into a hiding place to digest their meal. Bedbugs can live for 10 months, and can go weeks without feeding.
Signs and Symptoms of Bedbug Bites
Amazingly, these sneaky little bloodsuckers dine on you without waking you. You don’t feel their stealthy bite because they inject a numbing agent into your body, along with an anticoagulant to keep your blood flowing as they suck. The first sign of bedbugs may be itchy, red bites on the skin, usually on the arms or shoulders. Bedbugs tend to leave straight rows of bites.
Bedbug bites do not usually require treatment. If a secondary infection occurs (usually from scratching), apply a local antiseptic lotion or antibiotic cream or ointment. Creams with corticosteroids and oral antihistaminesare used for the primary, unbearable symptom of itch. In these more severe cases, you may need to see your doctor.
Do Bedbugs Transmit Diseases?
Bedbugs are more of a nuisance than a health hazard. In a recent study, researchers reviewed 53 recent studies on bedbugs and their health and medical effects. The results showed that although bedbugs have been blamed for the spread of up to 40 different human diseases, there is little evidence to suggest they are carriers of human disease.
Bedbug or Imposter?
Don’t assume your bites are bedbugs. Bites can be hard to identify, even for doctors. Rule out mosquitoes, fleas, mites, and biting gnats by conducting a visual inspection. It’s best to collect and identify bedbugs to confirm bites. Look for the bugs themselves or their bloodstains, especially along the seams of mattresses. Further, look for dark spots of insect waste where bedbugs might crawl into hiding places on furniture, walls, and floors.
Bite Back Against Bedbugs
Professional exterminators should get involved right off the batвЂ”tell your landlord, super, hospital administrator, hotel owner, or you call a professional right up front. The exterminator will locate the bed bugs (which may be found in more than one location) and exterminate as needed. YOU will have to do a lot of laundry.В
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How do you get rid of bed bugs permanently
Let’s get to the procedures.
What’s important to understand is… persistence and following the protocols. A bed bug treatment must not end after one treatment. This is because of external sources out of your control, which we will explain in a bit.
Below is a short and sweet process to follow every treatment cycle.
- Inspect entire property for evidence of bed bugs
- Collect removable linens, clothing, encasements & wash in high heat
- High heat steam clean bedding, carpeting, recliners, and furniture
- Spot treat all surfaces with bed bug spray
- Vacuum all areas of the property & seal bag and throw away
- Re-treat property with residual bed spray to prevent future re-infestations
If you keep having bed bugs, find out which step your not doing. Don’t get lazy… be persistent during this treatment and you are guaranteed to get rid of these pest for good.
Now, if you did the steps above but your still getting bed bug bites. You need to consider who or what has brought in a new colony of bed bugs. Review the external sources you need to be aware of that you are very likely getting bed bugs from even though your doing your treatment correctly.
And yes… it can be a friend or family member.
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Residual Bed Bug Treatments Used by Resorts and Pest Professionals.
Looking for evidence of bed bugs
Before diving into an inspection. Below is some common evidence of bed bugs. These are what most bed bug sufferers see or feel when they are unsure if its a bed bug infestation or some other pest like dust mites. Here’s a video of what bed bugs look like .
- Bites on skin (normally in pattern)
- Black and red stains in bedding (this is feces of bed bug)
- Bed bug carcasses which look like shells
- Black spots on walls
- Actual little bed bugs crawling around
Below is the most common areas you will want to inspect and most likely will find bed bugs.
Inspecting the entire property
It’s important to do a full inspection, if not you will do your treatment then miss a nest or hiding location. Below are the most popular hiding spots for bed bugs and should be your first inspection points.
- Mattress encasements
- Pillows and pillow cases
- Sofa and cushions
- Recliners and furniture
- Bed posts and wooden frames
- Dresser drawers
- Base boards
- Electrical wall outlets
- Window sills
- Picture frames
The above will be the most crucial points, but leave this page open while doing your inspection and refer to it every inspection cycle.
You can also refer to this guide on how to do a more detailed bed bug inspection .
Collect removable items linens, clothing, encasements & wash them.
While you may have treated your bed or couch. What about the sheets that may have eggs which you can’t see. This is where a common bed bug infestation gets re-born again.
So below is all the stuff you want to strip off and wash in high heat or steam heat.
- Bed linens
- Linens left in closets
- Mattress encasements
- Couch cushion covers
- Clothing in the dresser
- Towels in bath
I think you get the point… the reason this is important because we have customers whose husband was bringing bed bugs home from work.
The husband was a mechanic but worked in a car which had sweaters in it… and these bed bugs jumped on to his flannel.
Then the husband would come home and bring the bed bugs from work. The wife simply had to wash the sweater after discovering it was the cause of the daily re-infestation.
Treating a bed bug infestation so it does not happen again
The section below will explain the steps and tools to treat a bed bug infestation properly. If you wish for a detailed treatment guide, review our professionals bed bug treatment procedures . This was collaborated with pest managers to ensure bed bugs are removed entirely.
Steam clean bedding, carpets, recliners, and furniture
Don’t shy away from this step because you may believe a heat treatment is expensive. It’s truly not, and you can do it yourself if you choose.
You will want a high-heat steam cleaner that is powerful enough to singe these bed bugs and eggs in seconds. Take a peak this specially designed bed bug steamer that is the most popular hand-held one out there.
Of course, this is not a must… but when working with pest control managers, resorts, and health facilities they all found faster success by doing there bed bug treatment accompanied by the hand-held bed bug steamer.
Just remember to use the steamer before using your bed bug spray. This way you do not wash away the dry residual from the bed bug treatment.
Spot treat surface areas with residual bed bug spray
I know what your saying… “I tried just about everything, but I still got bed bugs.”
Yes, we hear that alot. The major reason this is happening is the product you are using and the treatment process.
In reality… most products out on the market are simply contact killers and are using harmful pesticides which bed bugs are becoming immune to.
This was why resorts and health facilities came to Green Bean Buddy to setup a discreet treatment which smelled fantastic, yet would kills all pests and have a residual that would prevent the bed bugs and other pests from re-infesting the rooms.
There were multiple (11) month studies which were conducted in government run museum and multi room health facility using this true bio-engineered bed bug formulation. After the first residual treatment… the Entomological scientists monitored for a (11) period.
Yes… 11 months. And there was not one sign of bed bugs. So… yes, residual is important and stop using off the shelf cheap contact killers. They will cost you more in the long run.
It’s up to you, but consider a true non-toxic residual bed bug treatment that you can do yourself.
Vacuum the entire property and seal bag then dump it
Don’t sweep. Vacuum everything into a bag. We recommend this because you will have dead bed bugs after doing the treatment.
You also may vacuum up eggs which you can’t visually see. This is another reason we recommend sealing the vacuum bag and disposing after the treatment.
Re-treat with residual bed bug spray to stop future infestations
Look… if any company claims its a one and done deal with their products… Be cautious!
The reality is bed bugs can come from external sources. This is the most common way they re-infest your property. Using a residual bed bug spray allows you to literally treat while you sleep .
Ohh… also spot treat, don’t drench this will give you more formula to spread thru your treatment.
How can I get rid of bed bugs myself
It should re-iterated… that you yourself are capable of getting rid of bed bugs. This is not some selling pitch or motivational statement… it’s entirely a fact.
How else can resorts get rid of bed bugs so quickly or… how does a multi-room nursing home completely keep bed bugs away for (11) months.
It’s the product and the process. Stick with treatments and spot treat with a residual bed bug spray to protect your property from bed bugs.
Below is suggested items to help you in the process.
- Residual bed bug spray
- Bed bug steamer
- Hypo-allergenic dust mite and bed bug detergent
- Vacuum cleaner
- Garbage bags
- Tape to seal bags
- Magnifying glass for inspection
- Green Bean Buddy for questions (ask in comment section)
What is the best way to get rid of bed bugs in your house?
Getting rid of bed bugs for good in your house is very possible but you have to be diligent about it. Cleaning and treating your home properly using the correct bed bug formulas that actually work are extremely important.
We have all spent a lot of money on bed bug products that just didn’t seem to get the job done.
It is extremely important to use a bed bug killer that has some type of residual effect meaning it will stay active killing them even after it dries.
If the bed bug spray doesn’t have a residual it is labeled as a contact killer meaning it kills the bed bugs you see but what about the ones you don’t see?
This is the reason why the keyword here is “ RESIDUAL ” because the bed bugs will take the product back to their nest and start killing the nest as well. The residual product will kill the bed bugs you don’t see
Why a residual bed bug killer is so important
- Kills on contact… also allows pests to bring formulation back to nest
- Creates a dry-clear barrier on surfaces preventing re-infestation
- Prevents bed bugs from re-producing and biting
Without a residual treatment you will simply be continuing a vicious and painful cycle. If you use contact killers, the expenses will be never ending as you will need to continually to re-treat.
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And this is how the Green Bean Buddy, bug killer line came to be. Now a widely recognized pest control product to not only kills pests, but also prevent with a unique residual.
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Does this product need to be reapplied every month?
Hi Jennifer, it really depends on your infestation size. Here’s why…
For example, to ensure you get rid of the infestation entirely you will want to spot treat every week or so initially.
So in your case, when you use our product. We send procedures to follow. One of the first things we teach you is doing your inspection. Then from there you treat areas… but it’s possible you have external sources that cause a re-infestation (Like.. you have a guest come-over, or your neighbor brings them over… You went on a flight/taxi, You went to doctors office and one jumped on you…. etc.) The re-treatment prevents the re-infestation from occurring again from external sources out of your control.
Also, at times you may have killed the female egg layer… but missed her eggs in the nest. So in about 7 days, these nymphs hatch. Thus you may be getting bites, but don’t see what the heck is biting you. This is another good reason to re-treat.
It only benefits you to re-treat as this is the one way to ensure to get rid of the infestation entirely and prevent another infestation, simply because there are outside variables out of your control that can cause these bed bugs to come back.
Now if it’s a big infestation and you had it for a while, it’s very likely you will need to re-treat a few cycles.
Don’t worry… you would use theproduct to spot treat, and not drench areas.
This way you can re-treat as needed and have enough product for that 30 day re-treatment if needed. Remember, the product will line a clear barrier on surfaces and this will prevent the bed bugs from coming back repelling and killing them.
In summary spot treat, so you have enough if you need to re-treat.
You still have not answered my question about heat/ all the other remedies include massive heat/ I am in the midst of doing treatment but have no source of heat.
Hi Patty, we did not receive your prior question. But will try to answer here.
Heat treatment is not required. It is helpful to use our steamers every once a few weeks during infestation, but no means mandatory.
Now if you are referring to heating the entire room or home. This would require some massive heating machines usually done by professionals. In all honesty this may be overkill as we have testing showing treatment using green bean buddy on a weekly or monthly basis till infestation is gone will work. Here is the study of our treatment working in a government museum and resort.
You will see the formula worked better vs using heat. One reason why is in these studies people could not afford to leave the work place or location for longer then 24 hours.
So don’t worry about having no source for heat. Simply use re-treatment in common pest hiding locations on a routine basis till the infestation subsides. Do not OVERSPRAY… just mist around the your sleeping and living areas. Also spray directly on bed, linens, walls, neighbors adjacent walls, back of picture frames, and look up at ceiling. They will try to escape the residual by crawling up… Of course pick up bed and couches/chairs and look and spray there too.
wht do youcall a bad infestation I started noticing them about May I think someone in theneighborhood had their house sprayed or something I have used almost 2 bottles of byue bye bugs and still have bugs seems like they r all mostly in my bed room I have seen up to 10 or more on my bed my partner sleeps in a different room and hasn’t seen any or getting any bites I am expecting your product soon sure hope it works
first application and i slept like a baby bite free for the first time in months, ready to spot spray.
Will the UV light find these bed bugs and what are you looking for when used? Will they glow and what color am I looking for?