Bed bugs aren't dangerous and don't spread disease, but if you have a bed bug problem, then you will know that they can be stressful to live with and difficult to get rid of.
Read on to learn more about them, and how I can help you get rid of your bed bug problem.
Bed Bugs – Cimex Lectularius
As adults Bed bugs are flattish and 6mm long. When they have fed
on mammalian blood they will be reddish brown in colour. Those Bed bugs that have not fed for a period of time will be smaller and a paler colour. As adults they are unable to fly.
Bed bugs prefer human blood but they will feed on any mammalian blood. They are generally found in bed frames, mattresses, bed sheets, duvets, bedside and bedroom furniture, behind mirrors, light switches, sockets, under wall paper, inside drawers, books and magazines etc.
Evidence of Bed bugs is usually black dots on bedframes,
mattresses, or around and inside cracks and crevices on the items
listed above. These dots are blood faeces of recently fed Bed bugs
which may be visible themselves, before scurrying off when the area is lit up. Eggs can also sometimes be seen and these are off white, oval shaped and laid in cracks and crevices.
Bed bugs bite. They can leave itchy, blotchy welts on the skin and
every one reacts differently to insect bites. They are quite often
around the head, shoulders, arms area of the body but can be all
over depending on the degree of infestation.
Bed bugs react to the carbon dioxide we breathe out and our body
heat, so they become active when we go to bed. They can go without a blood feed for up to 9 months depending on their environment. They are usually introduced into our homes via second hand furniture, holiday luggage and holiday clothes or guests in the home that have been staying in hotels, bed and breakfast type accommodation or travelling worldwide.
Treatment for a Bed Bug Problem
Hoovering may help to break their life cycle; vacuuming the mattress and inside and out of wardrobes and drawers. Washing/dry cleaning of bed linen on a regular basis is also recommended.
The application of a professionally applied insecticide by myself, use of monitoring traps and disposal of bedframes and mattresses may also be needed.
The last course of action would not happen not straight away as any new beds and mattresses may also become infected.
Treatment may take 2-3 visits depending on the level of infestation. Please note there are other Bed Bug look-a-likes that infest bird nests but this would be discussed during my site visit and survey.