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Bed Bug Test Kit
 
Bed Bug Test Kit
Product Code : bedbugtk
Regular Price : $24.99
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Product Description

• Identifies Bed Bugs
• Quick and Easy to Use
• Includes Collection Device for 2 locations



What does this kit test for?

This all-new bed bug detection device is designed specifically for monitoring bed bugs on a large or small scale - as a part of an inspection and prevention strategy.

Why test for bed bugs?

Bedbug researchers and experts all agree: The single most effective way to manage and minimize the bedbug epidemic is to implement effective inspection practices that can help identify a bedbug problem as early as possible and deal with it before it becomes a major infestation.

How to use this kit to test for bed bugs?

• Fold and tear along perforations to separate sheet into six monitors
• Peel off inner release liner
• Fold along center perforation
• Gently press so that top adheres to bottom – do not squeeze hard
• Remove outer release liner and place in desired location
• Inspect

Placement Recommendations
The recommended protocol for monitoring bedbug activity in a typical room consists of strategically placing bed bug monitors in and around areas that people frequent, such as beds, couches, upholstered furniture, and other key areas.

1. Headboards
Monitors should be placed tightly along the back edges and corners. The area behind the headboard in one of the least disturbed areas in a bedroom and is a prime location for bedbugs – close to their feeding site.
2. Between Mattress & Box Spring
Bed bug monitors should be placed at the four corners of the bed, between the mattress and the box spring.
3. Openings Between Walls
These areas include vents, ducts, electrical sockets, wall switches, plumbing openings and light fixtures. These areas are often the first places that bedbugs enter a dwelling when adjacent units have become heavily infested. Bed bug monitors should be placed in or around any openings between units.
4. Wall Hangings
Pictures, artwork, mirrors, decorations – these areas are often overlooked, yet they provide excellent hiding places for bedbugs. Monitors should be placed along the back edges behind each of these.
5. Cushioned Furniture
Upholstered furniture, including chairs and couches, are also common areas for bedbug infestations. Bed bug monitors should be placed between cushions, along couch backs, and around legs.
6. Closets
This is often where hitchhiking bedbugs escape from contaminated luggage infecting an area. Bed bug monitors can be placed discretely in and around these locations.
7. Nightstands
Another location that provides a bridge between the floor and the bed. Bed bug monitors should be placed under and behind nightstands, and on the back of drawers.
8. Bed Frames/Posts
Bed bug monitors can be used to create a barrier to hinder bedbugs from traveling up bed legs; monitors can easily be trimmed to size and fit around all four bed legs.
Multi-Unit Dwellings
If you live in an apartment building or complex, you must be especially careful about the spread of bedbugs. Bedbugs commonly migrate from one infested apartment to adjacent units – as well as above, below, and across hallways. To help identify such activity, place bed bug monitors along common walls of adjacent units.

What do bed bugs look like?

Bedbugs go through three main stages:
1. The whitish egg (1mm)
2. The juvenile stages (called nymphs)
3. The adult stage


This metamorphosis or change is often described as “from a sesame seed to an apple seed.” Adult bedbugs are reddish brown in color, flat with a rounded body and are about Ό of an inch in size. Younger nymphs can be difficult to spot at 1mm in size. First and second stage nymphs are not always easily spotted especially if they have not recently fed, however the bed bug monitors can trap them for positive identification.

Who should test for bed bugs?

· Homeowners
· Educators
· School and Plant Operators
· Industrial Hygienists
· Building Maintenance Supervisors
· Hospitality Managers
· Real Estate Professionals
· Insurance Claim Adjusters
· Hospital Maintenance Engineers
· Physicians
· Facility Managers


Indicators of bed bugs

Mystery Bites - Bedbugs usually feed at night while the host is asleep, sometimes causing small itchy welts. Bedbug bites may resemble mosquito bites and usually look like small bumps or larger welts depending upon your allergic reaction. It is important to note that many people will show little or not reaction to the bites and bedbugs can survive 6-12 months with no blood meal, so no bites does not mean no bedbugs. Monitoring and inspection are important wherever bedbugs are suspected.

Shed Skins – discarded exoskeletons left behind by a bedbug after it molts.

Small blood stains or dark excreta spots on sheets, walls and mattresses.

Small whitish eggs

Do I have to send this test into a lab for results?

No. The kit is designed for you to inspect in your home. Inspect first placement after 1-2 weeks. Regular monitor inspection and replacement is recommended every 1-2 months. To inspect, simply pull apart the monitor and look for bedbugs or their signs. It is recommended that you perform this inspection under good light – such as a desk lamp or a flashlight. Keep in mind that juvenile bedbugs may be very tiny (1mm) and colorless, so inspect monitors carefully. Please keep in mind that there are many different species of inspects, so seeing “a bug” in your bedbug monitor does NOT necessarily mean you have bedbugs. If you are unsure whether a trapped insect in your monitor is a bedbug, we strongly recommend enlisting the help of a Pest Management Professional (PMP) who is trained in bedbug identification.

POST Treatment Use
The bed bug test kit should also be used AFTER an area is treated for bedbugs to monitor the effectiveness of the treatment while providing peace of mind that no bedbugs have returned.

Bedbug Prevention and Detection Guide
Bedbugs are an extremely difficult pest to control, so following prevention guidelines and inspecting for bedbugs regularly is your best bet to manage the problem.

Prevention
Unfortunately, there are many different ways bedbugs can invade your home – that’s the reason why they’ve become such a growing problem. Bedbugs are excellent hitchhikers and are adept at latching on to clothing, luggage, furniture and other items in order to spread their population and enter new environments.
There are a number of key pointers to keep in mind that can help prevent introducing bedbugs into your home:

Hotels/Lodging – Bedbugs are now commonplace at hotels – from roadside-inns to five-star resorts. Aside from getting bitten at these locations (one or two uncomfortable nights), the real problem can be bringing bedbugs home with you from your trip. Bedbugs can latch on to luggage or clothes and take a ride home with you.
• Never place your luggage on the floor or bed in your hotel room. Try to find a hard surface away from the bed area – or use a luggage rack (inspect it first).
• Inspect the mattress, headboard and nightstands.
• Consider vacuuming your baggage and washing your clothes after a trip.
• Consider purchasing a bedbug luggage spray that prevents bedbugs from latching on. If bedbugs or their signs are found, notify management immediately.

Used Furniture – Avoid purchasing used furniture – especially mattresses – if possible. If you purchase used furniture, inspect thoroughly for bedbugs. DO NOT BRING IN UNINSPECTED FURNITURE FROM THE STREET.

Seal cracks – Bedbugs often travel from room to room in multi-unit building through cracks and crevices in walls. Sealing these can help limit access to your home.

Avoid known infestations – If you become aware of a known problem area – in a theater or an office for example – stay away if possible. If you have been “exposed” you can wash your clothes – the heat from the washing process will kill live bedbugs if they are present.

Other Evidence In addition to sighting and bites, other evidence can assist in confirming the presence of bedbugs. These include: Shed Skins – discarded exoskeletons left behind by a bedbug after it molts. Small blood stains or dark excreta spots on sheets, walls and mattresses. Small whitish eggs are usually found in harborage areas.

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