How Do You Know You Have a Problem With Bed Bugs?
Bed bug activity is most noticeable at night when they bite. Each person will react differently to a bed bug bite but they can be extremely irritating to anybody who is bitten. Bite marks will generally be seen on areas of the body that are not under the bed covers.
Bed bugs do not carry disease. They do suck blood from their host with piercing mouth parts but the bite is painless. The skin may become irritated or inflamed due to the salivary fluid injected by the bed bugs. A small, hard, swollen, white welt may develop at the site of each bite. It is important to recognise that not all bites or bite-like reactions are due to bed bugs.
Bed bugs or their signs will be present if it is a bed bug bite.
Bed bugs do not live under the skin. If you experience biting sensations during the day, it may be an allergy related condition.
Bed bugs are large enough to be seen by most people. They can grow to about 10mm, have six legs and are almost round. They are a sort of transparent tan/beige colour but turn dark brown when they have been fed after biting you.
Bed bugs feed entirely on human blood at night when you are asleep. After feeding they crawl back to their hiding places which are in cracks and crevices in your walls, furniture, bed frames, mattresses and cupboards.
What to do Before Bed Bug Treatment?
All bed clothes should be removed and washed. The whole area where infestation is seen will need to be vacuumed and thoroughly cleaned. All clothes from affected areas will need to be removed and washed and not just moved to other rooms where they can spread the infestation.
We will send out a check list of things to do prior to out arrival. This list will make sure that you get the best out of our treatment.
How We Will Carry out Treatment for Bed Bugs?
The whole area of infestation will be treated with a residual insecticidal spray which is bio degradable, almost odourless and does not stain. In addition, a powder based insecticide may be used to ensure that all potential harbourages are treated.
What do You Do After Treatment?
Once treatment has been completed do not walk on the treated areas until the chemicals have completely dried.
Do not vacuum the carpets or curtains for at least two weeks after treatment has taken place and walls, bed frames or other furniture or surfaces must not be washed for at least two weeks.
All bedding must be washed on a hot wash or tumble dried at the highest temperature for at least 20 minutes before being put back onto beds.
Freezing items that cannot withstand high temperatures such as wool will kill off the bugs as well.
Preventing Bed Bug Infestations
It’s important to inspect used furniture, particularly bed frames and mattresses before bringing it into the home. Mattresses, in particular, carry the greatest risk of harbouring Bed Bugs and their eggs. You should be wary of acquiring used furnishings, especially beds and sofas.
A practice that we have incorporated in our traveling is to inspect for bed bugs in hotel rooms. If possible inspect the bed area completely. Also, you may want to inspect luggage when you arrive home to prevent transferring bed bugs to your home.
After coming home from a trip some infestations can be prevented by washing any clothing or bedding used on the trip. Do this immediately if you think that there is a chance that you might have found bugs on your travels.
Never bring discarded bed frames, mattresses, or upholstered furniture into your home without throughly checking them first. There is a reason why they were thrown out in the first place.