Spring Star BioCare First Response Bed Bug Monitor - 2 Traps
Spring Star BioCare First Response Bed Bug Monitor use a combination of heat and lure to attract bed bugs to the sticky glue surface. Spring Star BioCare First Response Bed Bug Monitors are to be used to help monitor and detect bed bug infestations either in your home or for use in the lodgings you are staying at.
Spring Star BioCare First Response Bed Bug Monitor Traps should be placed and left out overnight to allow the bed bugs to gather. Bed bugs trapped by the glue are easily seen against the white background, allowing you to confirm their presence. Make sure that the bugs are properly identified! Spring Star BioCare First Response Bed Bug Monitor Traps are effective for 24 hours.
How to inspect
Bed bugs are night-biting insects, so you may not see them during a day-time inspection. They are flat and like to hide in small cracks and crevices, out of the light. During your inspection, look for live bed bugs, as well as their cast skins, eggs and fecal spots (see below). In early infestations, you will probably spot their signs before the actual bugs. A bright light and/or a magnifying glass may help you search. Detecting a small bed bug population is incredibly difficult. If you don't find signs of bed bugs but think you may have them, contact a Pest Management Professional.
Begin by looking for bed bugs and their signs around your bed, as bed bugs like to stay close to their food source (you!). You will need to pull back the sheets and check all the mattress seams by spreading them with your fingers, on both sides of the mattress and box spring. If possible, flip over the box spring and inspect the interior. Also check the cracks and corners in and behind the headboard, and other furniture within 6-12 feet of your sleeping area.
What does a bed bug look like?
- All bed bugs have flattened bodies, six legs and no wings.
- Adult bed bugs are reddish-brown, and about the size of an apple seed.
- Newly hatched nymphs are off-white and very difficult to see.
- Bed bugs grow by molting between each instar stage, leaving behind cast skins that look like ghostly versions of life bed bugs.
- The juvenile stages (nymphs or instars) look like smaller, lighter colored versions of the adults. They darken in color with each molt.
- They have horizontal strips across their abdomen, which stretch once the bed bug has fed. All stages must feed on blood, and will appear to have red or black abdomens after feeding.
- Eggs are a grayish-white, laid singly or in small clusters within their hiding spots.
Common hiding places
- Although bed bugs are most often found in bedrooms, they can infest almost any area of the home. Other common hiding places include:
- Behind electric outlet plates
- In upholstered furniture, especially couches or other places people sleep
- Behind, under and between cracks in molding and baseboards
- Beneath loose flooring
- In and around the edges of carpeting
- Behind loose wallpaper
About Spring Star
Since its inception in 1998, SpringStar has researched, developed, manufactured and sold effective, nontoxic and environmentally safe pest control products. SpringStar has designed the most complete line of products available for home and garden. In response to requests from consumers for simple, useful pest control products that contain no poisons, SpringStar is adding more products every year. It focuses solely on products that use nontoxic or low-toxic mechanisms to effectively control pests.
SpringStar is one of very few companies worldwide that is a primary manufacturer and developer of insect pheromone technologies for residential, garden and professional pest control. SpringStar ships nationally and internationally to mass, chain and independent hardware, garden and grocery outlets and to professional pest control companies. The Company is systematically developing new innovative traps, and other pest control products, that cannot be found anywhere else. In its short history, the Company has released more than 50 products and is a leader in developing new pest control technologies.
SpringStar's indoor items fill the gap that will be left by the cancellation of many traditional household pesticides. The EPA's risk assessment for the pesticides diazinon and dursban has lead to cancellation of all indoor residential uses of these and other toxicants. SpringStar has selected BioCare as the brand name for its indoor household pest products, as these products are "biologically-based" and "caring" for the environment.
SpringStar's outdoor brand Oak Stump Farms is represented by its highly effective Yellowjacket and Fly traps. These are sturdy, top-rated products built specifically for outdoor use. Field testing shows the Oak Stump yellowjacket trap catches up to 9 times more than the leading competitor's trap.
SpringStar is the sole licensee of the US Military's Lethal Ovitrap patents, technology and knowhow. This technology is essential to control diseases such as Dengue, Dengue Hemorrahgic Fever, Yellow Fever and Chikungunga. It has a significant global health impact, as over 2 billion people around the globe are at risk for these diseases, millions get sick and 20,000+ people die annually. In 2009 SpringStar received a grant from the Military Deployed War Fighter Protection Program to help commercialize the technology. SpringStar was recently granted a WA State Global Health grant to market and produce these traps, as well as provide additional WA state jobs.
The Company recently released a new bed bug monitoring system, bringing novel, effective technologies to the market ahead of billion-dollar competitors. A provisional patent has been filed to protect this important technology and it has garnered an enthusiastic response from retailers and commercial pest control companies worldwide.
SpringStar was founded by entomologist Michael Banfield, who has spent the greater part of his working life developing pest control products based on insect pheromones and biotechnology techniques. Mr. Banfield's interest in nature and his concern about the unintended effects of pesticides drives the company's goal on giving people simple, effective and economical alternatives to toxic pest control methods. While other organizations merely tried to stop, ban or outlaw legal pesticides, SpringStar focuses on developing alternative products to give customers useful choices that do not rely on poisons.
SpringStar has built in-house manufacturing capabilities that allows high-speed, high quality production, while protecting proprietary processes which maintain its technological advantages. This allows the Company to maintain production costs below off-shore suppliers and creates local manufacturing jobs and products that are "Made in the USA." SpringStar's manufacturing systems have allowed it to enter the export market and compete effectively with competitors whose labor rates are much lower.
SpringStar Inc. is privately-held and funded by private equity. It's administrative, research and manufacturing facilities are in Woodinville, WA. The Company continues to grow its manufacturing infrastructure and research team, and is geared to grow at a rapid pace while maintaining high product quality standards and on-time fulfillment.