Bed Bugs Control & Treatment in SydneyThe old bedtime rhyme “good night, sleep tight, don’t let the bed bugs bite” is something children remember for years to come. And while the thought of ‘bed bugs’ when we’re five-years-old seems cute and harmless, the reality is that bed bugs are in fact are a serious pest in Australian homes. Following several reports in recent years about hotel beds and accommodation businesses seeing an increase in bed bug infestations, resulting in negative media coverage and a loss in income, it is important to note that homes are also easy (and common) targets for this unwanted pest. Measuring just half a centimetre in length, with six legs, large antennae and no wings, the tiny bed bug packs a punch during the night when it is active. It is a highly reproductive species, with a female laying between 1 and 5 eggs per day, until a total of around 200 eggs are laid. Bed bugs like to hide where it’s dark and where their food source is close by, which makes beds and mattresses a hot spot for these incredibly mobile pests. They are attracted to body heat and will feed for 5-10 minutes on blood (preferably human), their oval-shaped bodies changing from light brown to a rusty red as it fills. Bed bugs will spread very quickly from room-to-room and can also be found between the cracks of timber floorboards, embedded in carpet and in wall cracks or crevices. Bed bugs are not believed to transmit diseases to humans, however, skin rashes and other allergic symptoms can occur. For some people the bite, albeit painless, will swell into a larger, reddened weal. Bed bugs have a life span of anywhere between 6-12 months and can survive for months at a time without feeding.
HOW TO GET RID OF BED BUGS
Bed bugs, due to their great mobility, can spread very easily from room-to-room and for this reason, are sometimes difficult to treat. Early detection is the key in preventing an infestation from escalating and quick action needs to be taken. A qualified pest control provider, such as the team here at Safe Pest Control, will determine the extent of the problem within your home or business and implement the best treatment. “Our experienced team will carry out a thorough inspection of the affected areas of your home and advise the best course of action,” said Safe Pest Control’s Director, Milad Bahrami. “For maximum results, we’ll use a combination of preventative measures and environmentally-friendly products and most importantly, we’ll explain the best hygiene practices that you can carry out on a daily basis to prevent a re-infestation.” Things like regular vacuuming, steam cleaning carpets, keeping bed linen and other soft furnishings clean will help kill the bed bugs and any eggs that have been laid. Contact us about our treatment options for bed bug control today.
HOW TO PREVENT BED BUGS
Due to their tiny size, bed bugs can easily hide in cracks and wall crevices, under floorboards and in mattresses and bed linen, completely undetected. Whilst they are not particularly dangerous pests, bed bugs certainly are a nuisance and there are ways you can prevent them from entering you home, or from preventing a complete infestation should they find they way in somehow. As with all pests, general housekeeping is half the job done, however, bed bugs require a few specific cleaning methods to deter them and their appetite. Here is a list of our ‘top tips’ for preventing bed bugs, which you can easily carry out in your home... 1. Bed bugs are seasoned travellers! If you’ve recently returned home from a trip, leave your luggage in the garage or a tiled area until you’ve checked it and cleaned it thoroughly (clothes included). 2. Vacuuming regularly (a minimum of once per week) and steam cleaning carpeted areas will help kill bed bugs and their eggs. Vacuuming all mattresses is also an important preventative measure, as this is one of the bed bug’s favourite hiding spots. 3. If you think you may have an infestation and/or have seen evidence, wash and dry your clothes, linen and other soft furnishings in the highest temperature possible to kill the bed bugs and their eggs. 4. Reduce clutter in bedrooms to eliminate places where bed bugs can hide. This is particularly effective near the bed and on the floor. 5. Contact a professional pest control provider immediately. Not only will they work with you to eliminate the infestation, but reputable companies such as Safe Pest Control will teach you how to prevent it from re-occurring and will provide advice for regular inspections.
Signs of Bed Bugs in Your Home
Due to their size bed bugs are hard to identify and similarly, it may be hard to determine whether or not you have an infestation in your home. To a trained pest control professional, the signs are easy to spot but for the average homeowner, it’s a little less simple. Using a torch at night can help to spot a bed bug looking for food, but there are a few other common signs to look out for.
- Bed bug bites – the first and most obvious sign of a bed bug problem are the bites. They resemble mosquito bites, but usually come in clusters of at least three. An interesting fact about the bed bug is that when it pierces the skin, it injects saliva that contains a type of anaesthetic, making its bite painless.
- Stains – blood spots on the mattress and on the bed linen is a sign of bed bug activity. They also leave dark, rusty-coloured faecal stains in areas they inhabit.
- Offensive odour – if the infestation in your home is severe, an offensive, sweet odour may be detected.
FAQS – BED BUGS
Q. What do bed bugs look like? A: Bed bugs have an oval-shaped body, measure half a centimetre in length with six legs, large antennae and no wings. It is light brown in colour, which changes to a rusty red after it has fed on blood. Q. What are some of the signs of bed bug activity? A: The most obvious signs of bed bugs are the bites themselves – which resemble a mosquito bite and normally come in a cluster of three bites. You may also see blood spots on your bed linen and mattress and dark faecal stains in the areas bed bugs like to hide. Q. What steps can I take to prevent bed bugs from entering my home? A: Good cleaning practices in your home will help prevent an infestation of bed bugs, as will minimising clutter and reducing their hiding places. Regular vacuuming of floors and mattresses and steam cleaning of carpeted areas is also a great preventative measure. Here at Safe Pest Control, we have the right technology and a knowledgeable team of professionals that will efficiently detect an infestation of bed bugs and implement the best and safest solution for your family and your home. Call us on 1300 119 085 for a free, no obligation quote.