Why Bedbugs are a Nuisance
Getting rid of bedbugs is not easy. They can lay dormant for up to 12 months which makes it difficult to know if treatment has fully eradicated a bedbug infestation. What makes them such a nuisance is that bed bugs hide in cracks and crevices; you need to deal with bugs and eggs. Bedbugs can spread from an adjoining building and they can taxi themselves from one place to another on items and objects so, if you buy second-hand items, you could get an unwelcome guest. The big thing that makes them such a pest, they bite!
Bed bug bites tend to be red and swollen, with a dark spot at the centre of each bite. They are normally
formed in lines to trace a new source of fresh blood from the veins. For some people, they are also itchy
and a little sore. In rare cases, a serious reaction and allergy can occur.
How to Spot a Bedbug Infestation
The first you usually know about bedbugs is that you wake up with bites. These little pests come out at
night and can bite any part of you but normally exposed skin so the face, neck, arms and legs. It might
be that you don’t have much of a reaction to the bite, but as they feed on blood, you might notice tiny
spots of blood on your bedding. This could be from you, where the bite occurred, or from the bug if you
squashed it, or even droppings from a freshly fed bed bug.
In serious infested areas you might see black spots or debris in the bed, in the creases of the mattress.
Many TV shows have shown hotel rooms with beds looking like this. The debris can be dead bugs or
parts of them, but usually, because the bugs use the bed as their toilet!
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What you can do
With a bed bug infestation, you nearly always require professionals. Don’t delay, call Pest Interceptors
today for help getting rid of bedbugs. The thing you can do involve preparing a room for the
professionals. All bedding, bedding linens, sheets, and curtains need to be removed and washed. Rooms
must be vacuumed and cleaned. Furniture, drawers and wardrobes must be emptied. Clothes can only
be reintroduced once washed or tumble dried (if possible, for 30-minutes at high heat to kill the bugs).
The room needs to be clear but do not put objects in another room or you will spread the bed bug
infestation. Plastic bags can help prepare items for treatment, but bedbugs are small and don’t need
much air to survive, so may not suffocate. Can use diatomaceous earth but will not work alone, you will
still need treatment. Some people and companies promote a mattress and box spring cover, but this
cover will at best only stop bedbugs getting to you from the mattress, it will not kill them.
What we can do
We will evaluate the situation and make recommendations on preparation for getting rid of bedbugs
and will even provide a checklist to ensure you are prepared for bed bugs to be removed. Our aim will
be to kill the bedbugs. Most of the time the bed bug treatment is using sprays to treat infested areas.
For 3 weeks after treatment, keep the room warm as this encourages the bugs to crawl over treated
surfaces. You will likely see them for up to three weeks after treatment, this is normal. If you see them after this, then you will need another spray and treatment. In the three weeks after treatment do not use the vacuum cleaner on the treated areas.