Bed bugs are minute brown-coloured, wingless insects that have a flat body, oval in shape. Bed bug nymphs are very tiny in size, but adult bugs are easily visible to the human eye. Once the bed bugs have had their fill of human blood, their body colour changes from brown to red.
You won’t ever see these creatures in the initial stages of an infestation. This is because bed bugs build their nesting sites in crevices and other hidden spots that aren’t easily noticeable. These critters need human blood to survive and its why they prefer nesting in mattresses, upholstered furniture, behind curtains etc.
Problems that bed bugs cause
Bed bug stings can cause itching on your skin and some people also develop rashes. We at Forensic Pest Control have seen that many people also complain of problems such as insomnia and depression, especially when they are unable to get rid of severe bedbug infestations in their home.
The best way to get rid of these creatures is to engage the services of skilled pest control professionals like us. In a residence, taking certain actions such as washing infested bedding and sheets etc. at very high temperatures can help get rid of the bedbug infestation. This helps control the infestation but isn’t effective in removing it entirely.
For this reason, commercial establishments like hotels and restaurants shouldn’t try DIY methods of pest control. Bed bugs, larvae, and eggs get into suitcases, furniture, and clothing and they are eventually transported via these items. Since they are so minute, they easily hide in cracks and crevices during the daytime, making them go unnoticed. This makes it very easy for them to crawl into guests’ bags and suitcases as well.
Tips for bed bug prevention
There are certain preventative measures you can take to prevent this from occurring, especially if you travel very frequently. If you are concerned that you have brought these creatures back home from your travels, there are certain things you can do to help prevent them from spreading throughout your home. When you are back from your travels:
- Leave your luggage in the bathroom/garage. These pests don’t like concrete or tiled surfaces.
- If you are really concerned about an infestation, take off your clothes in the bathroom or garage areas and put them straight into the washing machine on a hot wash cycle.
- Vacuuming can significantly reduce the bed bug population, but that’s only when they are clearly visible. This doesn’t guarantee total elimination. It’s important that you clean out the vacuum in order to avoid the transfer of bed bugs to other rooms in your home.
The best way to treat a bed bug infestation, however, is to hire expert pest control professionals for the job. We also provide pest control treatments for cockroaches, flies, mosquitoes, silverfish, termites, wasps, bees and more. For cost-effective, efficient and professional rodent control solutions, contact us today. For more information call Forensic Pest Control at 1300 360 457. You can use this online form to send queries and we will call back shortly.