Skip to content
Close
We'll get rid of whatever's bugging you. Guaranteed. Get A Free Estimate

Ultrasonic Devices Do Not Affect Bed Bugs

You have probably read on the internet that bed bugs can be trapped using ultrasonic devices. These devices do not work. K.M. Yturralde and R.W. Hofstetter of the Northern Arizona University investigated the efficacy of commercially available ultrasonic pest repellent devices on the behavior of bed bugs. The research findings of their works indicated that commercial devices producing ultrasound frequencies neither repel nor attract bed bugs. Therefore, spending money on these tools is a waste of time, effort and money.

Bed bugs are usually attracted to the warmth of our body, CO2 and human’s chemical lures, such as acetone, 1-octen-3-ol, and L-lactic acid (Singh et al. 2012). Bed bug monitoring traps containing the above combinations of attractants showed promising results under lab conditions, but they demonstrated less success rates in the field. In reality, reliable bed bug monitoring devices can be used successfully only if used within five feet of bed bugs’ hiding places. These devices will not work as well if the host (humans) is present at the monitoring site. In order to work successfully, adequate bed bug monitoring tools should be used and placed close to the common bed bug hiding places. For example close to sleeping areas, such as beds or sofas, as well as near cracks/crevices of the baseboards, edges of rugs, dressers, and any other suspected places within 15 feet of the sleeping areas. In addition, bed bug monitoring tools need to be set up for at least one week prior to removal. This is due to the bed bug’s feeding behavior. Bed bugs hide in cracks and crevices between meals. They usually seek a blood meal once or twice a week. Otherwise they would stay hiding doing nothing except mating, digesting food and depositing eggs (females).

If you suspect that you have bed bugs, the best way to confirm the infestation is by calling your pest management professional to conduct a through inspection.

FTC Warns Manufacturers

Check out this article about the ultrasonic devices: http://www.ftc.gov/opa/2001/05/fyi0128.shtm

Continue Reading

Uncategorized

How To Check Your Home For Mice

Importance Of Finding Mice If a mouse lives in your home, but no one’s around to see it, is it really there?  Well, yes! It’s important to routinely check your…

Bed Bug On Skin
Uncategorized

Minnesota’s Best Bed Bug Service: Adam’s Heat Treatment

Bed bugs are one of the most stressful pests a person can deal with. That’s why it’s important to understand treatment options in case you ever find yourself in that…

Uncategorized

Mouse Droppings

Mouse poop isn’t exactly a fun topic to think about, but it is a crucial factor for discovering rodent issues. This entry will cover the importance of mouse droppings, identification,…