HOW TO GET RID OF BED BUGS
HOW DO BED BUGS SPREAD
Bed bugs are small, parasitic insects that feed on the blood of humans and animals. They are reddish–brown in color, oval–shaped, and flat. Bed bugs can spread quickly in an environment where there are many people, such as a dorm room or hotel. They can also spread through the sharing of infested furniture, clothing, or bedding. Here are some ways that bed bugs can spread: –Bed bugs can crawl from one person to another. They can also crawl from animals to people. –People can spread bed bugs to other people by sharing infested items, such as furniture, clothing, or bedding. –Bed bugs can spread through contact with infested luggage, clothing, or bedding. –People can also spread bed bugs by moving infested furniture or bedding from one location to another. (READ: HOW TO GET RID OF TICKS)
HOW TO GET RID OF BED BUGS
If you think you have bedbugs, you should first inspect common bedbug hiding places. These include mattresses, box springs, headboards, bed frames, and other furniture. Look for live bedbugs, their exoskeletons (shells), or dark spots about the size of a period on your sheets, pillowcases, or mattresses. If you find bedbugs, don’t panic. You can get rid of them yourself, without an exterminator. Start by stripping the bed. Remove all sheets, blankets, pillowcases, and bed skirts. Launder all fabric in hot water and dry on high heat.
Next, vacuum the mattress, box spring, headboard, bed frame, and any other furniture. Then, using a stiff brush, scrub the mattress seams to remove any bugs or eggs you missed. After you’ve vacuumed and scrubbed, seal any cracks and crevices in the bedroom. This will prevent bedbugs from hiding and make it easier to spot them. Finally, monitor the area for bedbugs. Check regularly for live bugs, eggs, or shells. If you see any, remove them and continue monitoring. With a little patience and perseverance, you can get rid of bedbugs yourself. (Read: GET RID OF UNWANTED PESTS QUICK)
Understanding the Nature of Bed Bugs
How confident are you in being the only one who gets to enjoy the comfort of your home? You might be blissfully unaware of what might be hiding under your mattress and apparently, you’ve been sleeping with bed bugs all these past years.
Did you know that among the different kinds of pests, bed bugs don’t discriminate whether your place is clean or messy? Regardless of the condition of the house, as long as there are warm-blooded vertebrate hosts, they’ll be attracted to live in such varied environments. No matter how careful you might be when it comes to cleaning, it simply just has its’ own reason for wreaking havoc in both residential and commercial settings. (Related: GENERAL PEST CONTROL)
These insects also won’t shy away from sight and certain details might just shock you. Knowing more about bed bugs may give us a hint of how we can efficiently prevent them from spreading throughout the household. Besides, understanding their nature may reveal the secrets that threaten the security of our homes and our health. (Read: SIGNS OF PEST INFESTATION IN WINTER)
These small, reddish-brown, and wingless insects may not have the ability to fly but they can move quickly with their flattened bodies. It is extremely proficient in moving across floors, walls, and ceilings and can crawl with the speed of 3 to 4 feet per minute. With their six legs, the way they move can be compared with the average adult sprinting. However, they are often transported by their hosts and belongings (such as luggage, furniture, clothes, and more). (Read: HOW TO GET RID OF DUST MITE )
Did you know typical BEDBUG hideouts are mattresses, bed frames, box springs, and headboards?
Usually, bed bugs don’t crawl such long distances so they often stay within the area closest to a potential host they can find (with the cue of approximately three feet away). It is highly attracted to warmth, CO2, and body moisture which is why their initial hiding spot is the bed or any item that touches the bed.
It also prefers any natural or textured surfaces because they don’t have traction over a smooth surface. With the same size as an apple seed, it can hide in tiny spaces and crevices but it goes out of hiding once a host (dogs, cats, or even rodents) is nearby. (Read: WHAT ATTRACKS PESTS TO YOUR HOME)
Did you know that bed bugs are nocturnal?
Bed bugs can travel undetected through clothes and items that give easy access for them to bite their target host. They are scattered and live in groups while typically waiting until midnight to begin their quest for a blood meal (since they solely live on blood). (Read: HOW TO GET RID OF BED BUGS, SIMPLE ANT PREVENTION TIPS)
A sign of an infestation is when you wake up with itchy areas as bed bugs prefer to bite people while they’re sleeping. Through their elongated beaks, they feed and withdraw your blood for 3 to 10 minutes. Exposed skins are often subjected to bed bug bites and later turn into welts.
Once you see bed bugs or suspect this crawlies on your bed, get in touch with one of our pest exterminators. What you need is a specialist who values your trust and with Safe Pest Control, we never disappoint a customer’s expectations! If you’re looking for the best safe spray pest control service, we are here to help. After all, we are the leading and most trusted Commercial Pest Control Sydney Experts! Call us at 1300 119 085 and get a free quotation today. (Related: PEST CONTROL SERVICES IN SYDNEY, HOW DOES WEATHER AFFECT PEST INFESTATIONS)