Help I have Bed Bugs!

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Posted February 20, 2023 by Sarah Malone
Category: Advice, Bed Bugs

Bed bugs have become a growing problem in Australia in recent years, with infestations reported in homes, hotels, and even public transportation. These tiny pests feed on the blood of humans and animals, leaving behind itchy bites and causing discomfort and distress. If you suspect you have a bed bug infestation, it is important to take action and get it treated as soon as possible.

Here is a guide to bed bug treatments and preparation in Australia

1. Identify the infestation

The first step in treating bed bugs is to identify the infestation. Bed bugs are small, reddish-brown insects that are about the size of an apple seed. They are often found in cracks and crevices in the bed, furniture, and other hiding places. To confirm an infestation, inspect your bed and surrounding areas for live bed bugs, their shed skins, and small, reddish-brown faecal stains.

2. Prepare your home

Before treatment, it is important to prepare your home to make the treatment as effective as possible. Start by removing all clutter and items that are not essential, such as paper or cardboard boxes, to reduce hiding spots for bedbugs. Vacuum and dust thoroughly, especially in cracks and crevices where bedbugs can hide. Wash all clothing, bedding, and curtains in hot water and dry on high heat. Seal up any cracks or crevices with a silicone-based caulk to prevent bedbugs from hiding.

3. Choose a treatment option

There are several treatment options available for bed bug infestations, including chemical and non-chemical treatments. Chemical treatments involve the use of insecticides, while non-chemical treatments involve using heat or cold to kill the bed bugs. The most effective treatment option will depend on the severity of the infestation and the preferences of the homeowner.

4. Hire a professional

It is recommended to hire a professional pest control company to treat a bed bug infestation. Professional pest control companies have the experience and expertise to identify and treat bed bug infestations effectively.

5. Follow the professional’s instructions

Once a pest control professional has been hired, it is important to follow their instructions and cooperate with them throughout the treatment process. Inform them of any concerns or areas of infestation you may have noticed, and be prepared to vacate your home during the treatment if necessary.

6. Monitor the infestation

After treatment, it is important to monitor the infestation and take steps to prevent future infestations. This may involve regular inspections, vacuuming, and dusting, as well as the use of bed bug-proof encasements on your mattress and box springs.

In conclusion, bed bugs can be a significant problem in Australia, causing discomfort and distress for homeowners. By identifying the infestation, preparing your home, choosing a treatment option, hiring a professional, and monitoring the infestation, you can effectively treat a bed bug infestation and prevent future infestations.

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