"Sleep Tight, Don't Let The Bed Bugs Bite"
Think back to when you were a child.
Your parents most likely put you to bed at night with the old age phrase of, "Sleep tight, don't let the bed bugs bite."
For a long time, bed bugs were rare in developed countries. Unfortunately, these nasty little critters have made a strong comeback in recent years.
You can get them from hotel rooms, used furniture, or even on public transportation. If you even suspect you have bed bugs, you should take immediate action. Otherwise, the problem can quickly get out of control.
SO JUST WHAT ARE BED BUGS?
Bed bugs are small parasitic insects that live in places such as furniture, rugs, luggage, clothing, and other materials that come in close contact with a host. Their only source of food is blood from warm-blooded animals just like us.
They love beds primarily because their favorite meal sleeps in them and the awful thing about these creatures is that they can live unseen for a long time and lay their eggs almost anywhere.
They tend to bite people at night while they're sleeping, and although they can also feed on pets and other animals they prefer humans.
HOW DO YOU GET BED BUGS?
Generally bed bugs are picked up and transported while traveling.
Hotels, Motels, Airbnb and other accommodations can all host bed bugs. As they are expert hitchhikers, they can even infest the most upmarket hotels.
As their name suggests, bed bugs often inhabit mattresses and box springs. They can also hide in other types of furniture such as upholstered chairs and sofas. The safest way to avoid them is to stick with new furniture. Never take in discarded furniture from the street even if it appears to be in pristine condition.
Bed bugs can easily hide in clothing especially the lining of coats. As with furniture, you have to be extra careful with used clothing. If you like to shop in thrift stores, your safest bet is to wash the garments in very hot water and tumble dry them on a high heat setting or even better have them dry cleaned before wearing them.
Some people are more sensitive to bed bug bites than others. The most common symptom is a red welt that may be itchy. These bites are usually harmless although some people are allergic to their bites and may experience severe weltin of the bite areas and extreme itching. On the plus side Bed bugs at least don't spread diseases.
HOW DO YOU HELP PREVENT A BED BUG INFESTATION?
If you take precautions, you can minimize your chances of ending up with a Bed bug infestation.
Always inspect any used furniture you may decide to purchase from that garage sale down the road.
You should visually inspect all furniture, especially bedside drawers and bed frames.
Remove and inspect any cushions and be sure to use a torch to aid inspection.
Vacuuming the furniture before bringing it into the house is an extra precaution worth taking. Just ensure that you remove the vacuum bag and place it in the outside bin immediately afterwards.
Wash and dry used clothing. Ensure you throw any used items in the wash using hot water and then dry them at high heat. This should kill any bed bugs that may have followed you home.
If you plan on travelling, it's good to read online reviews before you choose accommodation.. If bed bugs are an ongoing problem for an establishment, it is most likely that prior guests will have those details in their review.
Always inspect the room you are staying in, including the bed, sheets, and pillows before unpacking your items. One of the easiest ways for bedbugs to travel home with you is in your luggage.
Bed bugs are one of if not the toughest pests in the world to get rid of. They are hard to see, nocturnal, and quite resilient.
HOW DO YOU GET RID OF BED BUGS?
Jump on to GOOGLE and you will see that there's no shortage of natural and or consumer available bed bug treatments. Unfortunately, they almost never work. They will kill the insects upon application, However, unhatched eggs are not affected by these treatments.
Once Bed Bugs have settled into your home, they are not usually confined to one location. They are prolific breeders so even if you manage to kill most of them, there's a good chance that there are still eggs waiting to hatch.
You may think you've solved the problem only to have them return a few weeks later.
One of the worst things about bed bugs is that if you don't deal with the problem promptly, they will breed and you may soon experience an infestation beyond your wildest imagination. The more bed bugs there are, the harder it is to get rid of them.
BED BUGS ARE A PROBLEM THAT REQUIRES PROFESSIONAL HELP.
An experienced pest controller will be able to identify the problem and suggest the best option for bed bug control.
If you haven’t had to deal with bed bugs, you may not know what to look for. Very often, you do not actually see the bugs until the infestation has gotten quite severe.
Bites can be hard to differentiate from fleas or mosquitoes (although they are generally in clusters of 3)
At Affordable Pest Control Coomera we can confirm if you have bed bugs, and if so we will recommend the best treatment option and give you a quotation based on the level of treatment required to eliminate your infestation.
If you have bedbugs or think that you may have an infestation call Affordable Pest Control Coomerea on 0498 560 139 to find out more about an effective and efficient Bed Bug Treatment.