Bed bug behavior question(7 posts)
I cannot seem to find this answer anywhere, hope someone can help. After an exposure I have been diligently inspecting, I know what to look for, but frankly in some areas/crevices it's difficult to really get a good look. So my question is, if there are several bedbugs in one area (let's say the crack of a baseboard) and I shine flashlight in the crevice to look, are the bugs going to move? Or basically even on a mattress etc..when they are found and exposed do they move or run? Or stay very quiet--which would be harder to see.
Thank you for your help in advance.
Generally speaking my experience is that they remain in place until "disturbed" and, even when disturbed, some may remain in place holding tightly to their location.
SOme other comments for your review and consideration:
> I don't see them move simply because I spotted them with a flashlight.
> When moving a mattress bead, fabric or other such surface under which they may be hiding; some bed bugs may "run" while others may remain in place.
> Occasionally I may use the edge of a business card or similar item to try to "scrape" a bed bug into a jar. When doing this some will "hunker down" and hold on tightly making it more difficult to dislodged them while others may move to avoid capture.
> If there are cracks & crevices into which you cannot see yet may contain bed bugs you can use a suitable probe to see if you can scrape out some bed bugs, seal the crack with a suitable calking material or apply a pesticide into that area.
Hope this helps ! paul b.
Thank you, good idea to seal the cracks..hopefully if they are there they stay there.
A vacuum cleaner with a hose can be utilized to check crevices... Stuff a nylon stocking into the hose... roll the stocking over the end of the hose and secure with a crevice tool attachment.
Go over the crevices to capture bed bugs in the nylon prefilter... They will survive the trip and will try to crawl out when the vacuum is shut off... Give the stocking a twist and drop into a ziplocck bag to inspect the contents.
My observations are similar to Paul... Bed bugs love to play possum.... I lile to use clear 2" packing tape to capture specimens.
Thank you so much, you've been most helpful!
BTW, I think that it's "opossum" rather than possum.
And, since we're on that subject, have you seen that Geico commercial with the opossum???
Have a great day ! pb
You'all will need to make some allowances from time to time... I was born and educated in the deep South... We typically drop the "O" when we make a reference to that old saying...
The Geico writers are genius... Entertaining us... while setting their brand recognition on fire.
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