Bed bugs are wingless insects that are oval in shape and 5-6mm long as an adult. They are a rusty brown in colour and change to a deeper reddish brown after a meal of blood. An Adult bedbug can live for 6 months at room temperatures of around 20C and much longer in colder climates. After mating, each female lays 2-3 eggs a day throughout her lifespan. The cream coloured eggs are approximately 1mm in length and will hatch within around 10 days at room temperature, but longer in cooler conditions.
Once the eggs hatch they are called nymphs. The nymphs are paler in colour and are approximately 1-4mm in length. Bed bugs have a flattened body and are a very secretive species which makes detection often very difficult, they tend to shelter in dark locations, mostly close to where people sleep. This includes under mattresses, floorboards, paintings and carpets, behind skirting, in various cracks and crevices of walls, within bed frames and other furniture.
Bed Bugs are found in virtually every place people tend to gather, including homes, hotels, schools, offices, retail stores and even public transportation; they travel easily and are transported via luggage, clothing, bedding and furniture.
The mouthparts of bed bugs are designed to pierce the skin and suck blood. They inject saliva during feeding, which enables them to thin the blood. Bed bugs are attracted to warmth and carbon dioxide which we exhale.
Most feeding will occur at night, and they generally seek shelter during the day and become inactive while digesting the blood meal. They can survive for long periods without feeding.
How to Tell If You Have a Bed Bug Infestation
- Alive or dead bed bugs, and cast skins. Alive bed bugs will confirm that the infestation is currently active.
- Faecal spotting: This is digested blood by the bed bugs. It may be initially observed on the sheets, but will be commonly noticed along the mattress seams and beading of mattresses.
- Eggs: cream in colour, approx. 1mm, which tend to be laid in crevices in dark areas.
- Bed bugs can create a smell described as ‘sickly sweet’. This is usually noticed in areas of heavy infestations or if close to the bed bug.
- Bites: If you are being bitten in bed it is an indication of an infestation, however not all bites will be from bed bugs.
- Blood stains on sheets or mattress.
BED BUG TIPS AND INFORMATION – BED BUG REMOVAL SYDNEY
The following are helpful tips and information about bed bugs:
DO SAVE ANY BED BUGS YOU FIND
Do not part with these– you may need to show them to landlords, pest control professionals, and so on. In similar manner that entomologists at colleges or science museums in your town may identify these, and a pest control company can too. So, pick it up with clear packing tape, and tape it to an index card. Moreover, don’t assume you’ll see lots of them, some people don’t.
DO RULE OUT OTHER POSSIBLE CONDITIONS, LIKE FOLLICULITIS, SCABIES, AND BITES FROM OTHER INSECTS
Suspected bed bug bites sometimes turn out to be one of these other conditions. Doctors cannot diagnose bed bug bites with any certainty. Be warned, though, that doctors may tell many of us that we do not have bed bugs. However, later, we find out they are wrong. Many of them have never seen bed bug bites, or have seen only some patients with them. In fact, bed bug bites can range from large welts to small red bumps, to scabby pimple-type bumps.Don’t assume you are the only one being bitten
Remember that some people do not react to bed bug bites at all. Bed bug bites are an allergic reaction. However, reactions vary from nothing to serious allergic reactions.
DON’T START THROWING YOUR BED AND OTHER FURNITURE OUT
We, bed bug experts, can treat most furniture, including mattresses and sofas. You can ask the pest controller if throwing them out is a good idea. Our experts can help you do it safely to avoid spreading these pests around your home or building. In addition, you need to be careful that others do not pick up infested items.
DON’T START BUYING A LOAD OF CHEMICALS AND TREATING YOURSELF
Bed Bug Removal Sydney – Yes, sometimes doing it your own makes sense, but only if you know what you’re doing. Remember, pesticides have different qualities (repellents, contact killers, residual killers, growth regulators, etc.).
Bed bugs are probably the most complicated pests you’ve ever encounter at home. Oftentimes, if you start spraying pesticides, you may disperse the bugs, and the professionals may have trouble treating them. You may spread them around your home. Hence, get good professional help and follow instructions.
DON’T ABSOLUTELY RELEASE A FOGGER OR BUG BOMB
Do not allow your landlord to do so. Neither a so-called exterminator to do it. Bug bombs/foggers do not work for bed bugs, and in fact, it will just spread them. Your problem will just magnify.
DON’T START BAGGING EVERYTHING YOU OWN
With the exception of washed and dried clothing, do not seal up everything you own in bags. Some pest controllers will want you to inspect, vacuum, and seal all your possessions in bags. Most won’t. Following their advice is crucial since they know what they’re doing.
If you decide to bag things, you may be sealing away bed bugs. This is only a way of dealing with the problem if you put these items in storage for 18 months, unopened. Instead, most pest controllers will vigorously fight your problem. Eventually, bug experts will make bed bugs attracted out of your possessions and towards poisons which will kill them.
START DEALING WITH YOUR CLOTHING AND LINENS
Though you should not simply seal your possessions in bags (as above), it is probably a good idea to start with these things. Work on clothing and bedding, since the pest controller is going to tell you to do this, and it takes time. You should take clothing and other items, wash them in a machine on hot, dry them on hot for 1-2 hours. Remember, driers vary as to their strength and how long they take with what size of the load.
My personal method is that items should at least be dried on hot for 20 minutes. That is so until they appear to be fully dry and very hot. If you want to be cautious, go for two hours on hot. Dry cleaning is okay too. Keep in mind that pillows, comforters, down coats, and other thick items may take longer.
Here’s the key: after washing and drying, bag items in sealed, airtight bags, and do not remove them until use.
DON’T ASSUME BED BUGS ARE ONLY IN YOUR BED
Bed frames, mattresses, and headboards are not the only most likely location for bed bugs. They can and do often hide out in sofas and other soft furniture. You may also see them in electrical sockets (behind plates), light fixtures, and baseboards.
Bed bugs may also be hiding in floor crevices and other crevices in the bedroom and living room. You can occasionally find bed bugs in kitchens and bathrooms. This should not make you panic. Most cases, especially smaller ones, are quite concentrated, usually 10-20 metres from where people sleep.
DON’T BELIEVE THAT BED BUGS ONLY BITE AT NIGHT
They prefer a sleeping, stationary host who is fast asleep. But if they’re hungry, they’ll take what they can get. So, they would bite you while you are in a chair while awake.
DON’T ASSUME THIS WILL BE SOLVED OVERNIGHT
If the first treatment is done and you still have bed bug bites, this is normal. The bites should decrease and disappear, eventually. If you see bed bugs or are bitten, do have another treatment within 10-14 days of the first.
INSIST WITH THE PEST CONTROLLER FOR REPEAT TREATMENT
Repeat treatment should be every two weeks until you feel no more bites. By this, you will eventually see no live bedbugs or new signs of bed bugs (like bed bug feces stains in the bed). Do not assume you’ve got a bad pest controller because it takes three or four treatments to solve your problem. This, unfortunately, is common, even if you follow all the advice.
BED BUG PROFESSIONALS – BED BUG REMOVAL BRISBANE
Bed Bugs are small insects that feed on human blood by piercing the skin.
They seek out blood meals usually at night but they don’t live on humans. They live in bed frames, in bedside furniture cracks, and crevices in rooms that will provide them with security. Moreover, bedbugs can walk to joining rooms and be carried in people’s luggage.
Telltale signs of bed bug infestation are blood spotting on sheets. If a bed bug infestation is discovered, treatment should be arranged immediately. Delaying the treatment will only allow the infestation to worsen and spread throughout the other rooms.
All linen to be washed in hot water!
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