Bedbugs can be a real problem in the household and, being resilient little creatures, you need to be extremely vigilant to control them and to ultimately get rid of them.
Essentially, bed bugs are tiny blood-sucking insects that can live in the cracks and crevices in and around your bed, in the seams of your mattress, along the edges of your carpet, behind mirrors and lurking in your bedroom cupboards and wardrobes.
They come into your bed because they are attracted by your body heat and carbon dioxide and at night they like to venture out of these crevices, bite your exposed skin and feed on your blood.
So how do you know if you have a bed bug problem?
Well, there are a few things to look out for and some signs are more obvious than others. For example, if you wake up in the morning and you’ve got an unexplained skin rash or a collection of itchy bumps on your body then you might have a problem.
If this is the case, get out a torch and check the crevices and joints of your mattress and you might be able to find them. Finding black spots on the mattress is also a tall-tale sign because these will probably be their dried faeces.
Bed bugs aren’t always easy to spot because they can embed themselves into the tiniest crevices and cracks. The trouble is, they are not confined only to your bed. They could also be lurking in other parts of your bedroom so you need to do a thorough investigation of wardrobes, cupboards, drawers, mirrors, edges of carpets etc.
How do bed bugs spread?
Bed bugs will normally enter the home through clothing, luggage, furniture etc and once they’re in, they can be a pain to get out again! Hotels are a prime candidate for bed bug infestations because the constant flow of guests is the ideal scenario for the bed bug to move from place to place. There is a misconception that bedbugs only appear where there is dirt and grime. This is an urban myth and bed bugs will live anywhere that they are transported to.
How do you deal with a bed bug infestation?
If you are unfortunate enough to suffer an infestation then to try and get rid of them yourself can be very painstaking with no guarantee of success. Bed bugs are notoriously difficult to get rid of so we would always advise you to call in the professionals to control bed bugs.
At Europest we have been dealing with bed bug infestations for many years and we have a broad range of methods to extensively deal with bedbug problems. For more advice please contact us now.