Detecting Bed Bugs
Bed bugs are known to travel along seams and edges. Bed bugs will follow baseboards in a room until they gain access to their host on a bed or couch. Therefore, to increase the chance of detecting bed bugs with a monitor, place monitors in areas of suspected travel such as corners of the room or along baseboards near sleeping areas. Monitors should also be placed next to legs of the bed or couch to increase your odds of detecting bed bugs.
Place SenSci Volcano or ActivVolcano flat on any surface bed bugs are known or suspected to travel or hide. Possible locations include but are not limited to along the baseboard and next to bed and couch legs. Inspect the monitor periodically for the presence of bed bugs. If bed bugs are found, dispose of bugs by flushing down the toilet or disposing of them in a sealed bag in an outdoor trash can.
Placement of SenSci Volcano and ActivVolcanos for Detection
Proactive Bed Bug Monitoring – Beds
Place one SenSci Volcano or ActivVolcano next to each leg at the head of the bed (typical bed has 2 head legs).
Reactive Bed Bug Monitoring during or after an active infestation – Couches/Upholstered Furniture
Place a SenSci Volcano or ActivVolcano next to every couch leg as well as on the floor against the baseboard on each side of the back of the couch.
Reactive Bed Bug Monitoring during or after an active Infestation – Beds
Place a SenSci Volcano or ActivVolcano next to each leg of the bed as well as on the floor against the baseboard on each side of the bed.
Commercial Settings – Hotels
To proactively monitor for bed bugs place one SenSci Volcano or ActivVolcano on the floor against the baseboard to each side of the bed.
Proactive Bed Bug Monitoring – Couches/Upholstered Furniture
Place one SenSci Volcano or ActivVolcano next to each leg on the back corners of the couch.
Commercial Settings – Offices
To proactively monitor for bed bugs place one SenSci Volcano or ActivVolcano in every office cubicle on the floor against a cubicle wall. Monitors should also be placed within 3-5 feet of any area where personal belongings are stored as they are common routes of entry for bed bugs to office spaces.
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