Posted March 20, 2018 by Sarah Malone
Category: Bed Bugs
Bed Bugs have been a common pest of humans for thousands of years however in the 1940’s a new treatment was realised which has drastically reduced the amount of bed bug infestations. Another factor which has helped with the increase of hygiene throughout many countries.
Bed bugs generally found around sleeping facilities in hotels, motels and some homes. First signs of Bed Bug infestations are skin irritation as a result from bites through the night. Both adult and immature stages are blood suckers however although they do carry some disease organism they are known to transmit disease. However, if you fail to clean and disinfect the sores you may receive infections, this is more common in children or the elderly.
How to Identify Bed Bugs?
Bedbugs are roughly the size of an apple seed, reddish-brown, oval in shape and flat. After feeding will swell and appear redder in colour. (please see image this page).
Habits, Diet and Behaviour
Bed Bugs are usually found around mattress seams, furniture, sheets, behind household objects and in cracks and crevices. They are more commonly spread through hotel rooms hitch hiking a ride on guest luggage and other personal objects. Early detection is very important.
Signs of a bed Bug Infestation
There are various ways to determine if you have a bed bug problem. Sometimes they can be very obvious and you are able to see them around your bedding and home. You can also find their case skins left behind as they grow. Two other signs to look for are their droppings around the usual hiding spots which will appear as black to brown stains or mounds or you may even notice small bites that have caused red welts on your skin.
What to do if you think that you may have Bed Bugs
If you believe that you may have Bed Bugs you should first remove all clutter from your house which makes locating them much easier. Remove all bed linen, curtains etc and wash and dry them in the hottest temperature possible.
If this isn’t effective its best to call the professionals
- Pest technicians will come and first identify the pest to ensure that they are Bed Bugs
- A thorough inspection will be carried out on the infected areas to determine the extent of the infestation.
- A treatment will be carried out to the area with a careful application of insecticides which have a low toxicity to humans.
- High standards of sanitation and hygiene are to follow to help prevent re-infestation
If you think you have may have a problem call our office 02 6884 7557 or Click here for more information on Bed Bugs.