Each time you travel or purchase used furniture, you’re may be putting your home at risk of a bed bug infestation. These parasites thrive in human environments and feed on human blood. A bed bug bite is characterised by swelling, itching and redness.
In the daytime, these pests hide in crevices in furniture, particularly bedheads and other items in the bedroom. When night falls, they emerge and search for a host whose blood they can suck. A sleeping human is usually the most likely victim. Bed bugs are not a problem that will go away on its own or that you can eradicate by yourself. If you suspect a bed bug infestation, call us immediately.
How do you know if your home is infested by bed bugs?
Adult bed bugs resemble apple seeds, with flattened bodies that are oval shaped and a length of about 4 to 5 mm. These bugs vary in colour from a light yellow to brown, depending up the lifecycle stage but after they have fed on their victims, they take on a reddish brown tint. Telltale signs of bedbugs include droppings which manifest as dark patches on sheets, skins or cuticle that gets left behind after shedding and the presence of live bugs in hiding places. Tiny blood stains or spots on sheets can also be evidence of bed bugs.
Tips for avoiding bed bugs
- Be wary when purchasing used furniture (particularly bedding) and inspect it thoroughly before taking it home
- Never leave open suitcases lying around on the floor when you are on vacation.
- Do not store your suitcase close to the bed in hotel rooms.
- Inspect your suitcase before bringing it into the house when you return from vacation.
- Wash your clothes at a temperature of at least 60°C after returning from vacation.
- Pop dubious objects in the freezer and keep them there for at least 24 hours.
Tips when undergoing treatment for bed bugs
- Avoid the affected area and do not remove anything from the rooms. Leave this to the bedbug control specialists. Also, do not undertake a major cleaning of the infested area.
- Do not move your mattresses and furniture around when your home is being treated for bedbugs.
- Follow any advice related to the treatment process that our technicians might provide, as doing so can lead to quicker results.
- Do not enter the area being treated until our service technician gives the all clear to do so.
- Use of treated areas can be resumed only after our treatment program is completed and our service technician declares the area fit for re-entry. At that time, items and furniture can be returned to their original positions.
- Avoid vacuuming or swabbing the treated areas until the treatment program has been completed. Your service technician will advise you about this.
- Textiles should be washed at temperatures of at least 60°C and dried on the hottest cycle for a minimum of 30 minutes. Alternatively, materials can be frozen at -20°C over the duration of a week.
Bed bug facts
Beg bugs, also known as cimex lectularius, measure about 4 to 5 mm in length, roughly the same size as an apple seed. Females can lay anywhere from one to five eggs in a single day, and these eggs take about one to two weeks to hatch. Bed bugs are transparent in appearance before feeding but become reddish brown after they've feasted on a victim. When deprived of food, bed bugs can lie dormant for as long as one year. Bed bugs that are the thickness of a credit card can be exceedingly difficult to spot. They can conceal themselves in all types of furniture and objects, from sofas to picture frames, beds to curtains, and even radios, wheel chairs and smoke detectors. They have also been known to hide behind baseboards, between sheets of loose wallpaper, between the pages of books and in storage boxes.
How dangerous are bed bugs?
While bed bug bites are not painful, allergic reactions to the saliva they inject while feeding are common. Symptoms can include redness, itching and swelling. It can be difficult to tell bed bug bites from other types of insect bites such as horse-fly or mosquito bites. While bed bugs are unlikely to cause structural damage to a home, the victims of infestations are subjected to great discomfort and stress.
You cannot eradicate bed bugs on your own
Unfortunately, there are no home remedies that can successfully rid you of bed bugs. In order to get eliminate an infestation without resorting to harmful pesticides, specialist knowledge about where they hide, multiply and flourish is needed. Flick Anticimex possesses years of experience and is equipped with the latest and most effective pest eradication methods and technologies. Full cooperation from your entire household is necessary to achieve the best results.
How bed bug infestations start
Bed bugs picked up on vacation are often transported home unwittingly by victims in their luggage. They can also be introduced into the home via used furniture, backpacks and suitcases. Once they enter your property, bedbugs make themselves at home by crawling around quite rapidly. They are unable to fly or jump but can spread throughout your home by working their way through cavities in the walls and floors, giving them access to other people in rooms a long way from the room they were firstly introduced into.