How do you detect bed bugs?

Bed bugs are hard to detect as they are primarily active during the night, prefer dark spaces and hide in cracks and crevices. In addition, it may take up to ten days or even two weeks before one reacts to their bite, risking that the infestation has been ongoing for a long time before being discovered. Furthermore, it is impossible to determine whether a bite comes from a bed bug or not. For some, the bite looks like a mosquito bite and for others it looks like something else. Scientists have proven that up to 50 percent of us don’t even react on the bites, consequently leading to late detection.

However, there are a couple of signs that indicate the presence of bed bugs in your environment. Watch out for small, black spots (the bed bug’s faeces), peelings from the bed bug’s shell, eggs and nymphs of varying sizes, as well as dead bugs. Have a look in and around your bed, preferably along the seams of the mattress and under the bedframe. Look closer in the corners and the headboard.

Why are the problems with bed bugs increasing?

There are multiple reasons why the problems with bed bugs are increasing. The scientists believe that different bed bug species from all over the world become resilient to the traditional chemical pesticides. The fact that we are travelling more and further away also increases the risk that we bring bed bugs back home. Combined with insufficient knowledge, late detection and deficient decontamination it leads to an increasing problem with bed bugs.

We have forgotten what it is like to live with bed bugs, something that former generations knew all about. The risk of finding bed bugs in our homes is increasing and we need to refresh and strengthen our knowledge about how to handle the bugs.

As long as there is food available for the bed bugs, the number increases rapidly. It is of high importance to report and seek professional help as soon as one suspects that there are bed bugs in your nearby environment.

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