Bedbugs have a reputation for being one of the hardest bugs to get rid of in the home BUT, many people wonder how they get in to house in the first place…
An increase in both domestic and foreign travel has meant that the transportation of bedbugs is easier (for the bug!). They hitch a ride in our suitcases, on us, on our clothes etc. and once in the house, they scuttle very quickly from room to room.
The like our beds for many reasons – they are warm and there is a nightly supply of a meal (our blood!). But, they are a resilient bug. They lay their microscopic eggs in the small crevices of the bed frame which, with treatment followed by a deep clean, can be easily missed. Hence, after all your hard work, you may find that the bedbugs are back with a vengeance!
But, knowing about bedbugs can help in your fight to eradicate them…
- Even though bedbugs are nocturnal with the majority of bites occurring at night time, they do bite during the day too
- Many people are embarrassed to admit that they have bedbug but be assured this is NOT the case; bedbugs, like the majority of pests, prefer a place that is clean and hygienic.
- Many people think that you cannot see bedbug but your can! They are small and readily seen, but young bedbugs can be seen as small black spots, with adult bedbugs the size of apple seeds
- Bites are usually in a straight line, rather than a random bite pattern which may indicate fleas
- You do not have to get rid of furniture if you have bedbugs, but it will need a detailed, thoroughly clean; bedding will need to be washed at 60° or above and, if possible, dried at a high temperature too, is possible.
- Bedbugs are a nuisance and their bites uncomfortable but, they do not harbour disease or spread ill health however, excessive scratching of bedbug bites can lead to an infection of the wound
- Bedbugs do not fly, jump or hop – they are transported from place to place on us and our clothes
- Bedbugs are commonly found in beds, but they also live in the soft furnishings of the sofa, upholstered chairs… anywhere, in fact, where they have access to people!
- They can also live many months without feeding which is why it is important to chemically treat an affected area, followed by a thorough and deep clean. Monitoring the area too, and re-applying treatment may be necessary.
- Some preventative measures do not actually prevent bedbugs; for example, the encasing of mattresses may stop bedbugs from living in the mattress but they will simply find somewhere else!
Can Mr Pesty help?
Yes we can! Treatment is effective, especially when applied correctly and followed by a range of cleaning and washing of bed linen etc. Why not call us to find out more about competitively priced our range of pest control services are…