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So you’ve searched the internet on how to get rid of bed bugs and you’ve read the posts on DIY bed bug elimination but you’ve decided it’s not for you.
HOW DO I KNOW IF I HAVE BED BUGS?
If you have experienced bed bugs then you know that the experience can be traumatic. Typically the first sign that you might be sharing your bed with bed bugs will be the discovery of a bite after you wake.
However, it is difficult to tell the difference between a bed bug bite and a bite from any other insect when you look at them in isolation to the other signs.
Bites are mostly red small bumps on the skin, appearing in a row of an arm or leg, a single bed bug may bite more than once in the same area. If you find bites in different parts of the body, this can signal bites from more than one single bed bug. Some people can react badly to their bites and develop a rash.
Further signs of a bed bug infestation are:
- Blood spots on your bedding.
- Dark stains on the mattress and surrounding area from bed bug excretions.
- An unpleasant, sweet, sickly scent.
- Small dark blood spots on your bedding also known as ‘faecal pellets’.
- Look out for live bed bugs, they are around 4-5mm long
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HOW TO GET RID OF BED BUGS
Getting rid of bed bugs typically requires the help of a bed bug removal company, but there are actions you can take.
Upon discovery of a bed bug infestation, wash infested items at a high temperature, also vacuuming regularly to get rid of bed bugs naturally. This will help to provide some bed bug control however it will not remove bed bugs completely.
One female bed bug can infest your home with over 1000 new eggs in just three months. So it’s crucial to eliminate the entire population.
TIPS FOR GETTING RID OF BED BUGS
Clean the area where Bed bugs live, this includes.
Removing all the bedding and check it carefully for signs of the bugs.
Clean all bedding drapes and clothing in very hot water, then dry on the maximum dryer setting.
Items that can’t be washed, placed in the dryer on a high setting for 30 minutes.
Remove clutter from around your floor and vacuum regularly, ensure after vacuuming the vacuum bags are sealed in plastic bags and disposed of to prevent cross-contamination with other rooms.
Check for peeling wallpaper or cracks in your walls, these should be sealed down or filled.
If you suspect your mattress and box spring might be infested then it’s worth considering replacing it, we don’t advise the use of chemicals in the bedroom without professional assistance. If replacement is not an option then you should seal off your mattress in a protective cover to prevent the bed bugs from feeding. As bed bugs can survive up to a year without feeding you should not unseal for 12-18 months whilst maintaining your cleaning regime.
HOW TO PREVENT BED BUG INFESTATION?
It’s easy to pick up bed bugs in any place. Bed bugs are typically transported by people, most often in your personal belongings such as luggage and bags and Items kept close to where you sleep. They can hitchhike a ride back to your home and start an infestation.
So if you are concerned that a recent trip may have brought bed bugs back with you, there are a few things you can do to reduce them from spreading to your home.
Bed bugs prefer carpet to tiles or hard surfaces, so leave your baggage in your garage or in the bathroom. If bed bugs are there you will see them easier than on your carpet.
Any clothing you are concerned about, take them out (or take them off if you are wearing them) and do this in a room with no carpet. Put them straight into the washing machine. Wash and dry clothes at the highest temperature possible.
You can put your luggage in the sun, away from the house for a few days, this will help eliminate the bed bugs.
Protect your bedding from infestation by covering your mattress and box in plastic protective covers, there are covers specially designed for the purpose and are more effective than regular covers.
WHAT DISEASES DO BED BUGS SPREAD?
Whilst bed bugs are not known for spreading disease and their bites usually do not pose a serious medical threat, their bites can lead to excessive scratching and cause a secondary skin infection. Avoid scratching the bite, apply antiseptic creams and take an antihistamine to minimise the itching.
UNDERSTANDING THE BED BUG LIFE CYCLE
It takes just five weeks for a 1st stage nymph to mature into an adult that is capable of breeding, so within two or three months, you could have a massive population on your hands.
Without action taken to stop the infestation, you could have tens of thousands of bed bugs within 6 months. You need to not only act fast but be persistent.
Getting rid of bed bugs requires a persistent and comprehensive approach otherwise reinfestation will occur.
Eggs. Female bed bugs can lay up to 5 eggs a day through their adult lives. They lay the eggs in a sheltered location such as a crevice (cracks in walls, mattress seams etc) and hatch in about 4-12 days.
Nymphs. After hatching into first instar nymphs they must take a blood meal before molting to the next stage. The bugs will undergo four further nymphal stages, before molting onto the next stage the nymph will require a blood meal, the final fifth stage sees the nymph molting into an adult.
Adults. Upon reaching adulthood the adults may take several blood meals over several weeks, assuming a warm-blooded host is available before reproducing.
ASK FOR HELP FROM A BED BUG PEST CONTROL TEAM
If thorough cleaning of all the affected areas and commercial DIY treatments fail, our recommendation is turning to a specialist before the situation gets worse. We have specialists that will assess the problem and design a plan of action, as well as give you after-care expert advice for long-lasting results.