Bedbugs are minute blood-sucking insects so called because they can live in the cracks and crevices in and around your bed. But this isn’t the only place they can lurk. You can also find them in your bedroom cupboards, behind mirrors and along the edges of the carpet. This is what makes a bed bug infestation difficult to deal with. Because they are so tiny and hard to spot they can be difficult to eradicate completely.
Bed bugs can squeeze themselves into the tiniest cracks and crevices of your bedroom and they particularly like getting into the seams of your mattress and the joints of your bed frame. They do this because they are attracted by your body heat and carbon dioxide and when they fancy a snack, it’s you that’s on the menu!
So how do you know if you might have a bed bug problem?
Well, the first tell-tale signs could be the appearance of an unexplained itchy bump or skin rash on your skin. If this prevails then it’s time to do a bit of investigating:
- Check your mattress for black spots – if you find some then these might be their dried faeces
- Inspect the crevices and joints of your mattress using a torch and see if you can see them
- Check out your bedroom furniture with your torch and look into every nook and cranny to see if you can see any.
- Trace along the edges of your bedroom carpet with your torch – this is another place they like to reside.
How bedbugs are spread
Bed bugs are often spread from the outside and they can get into your home through luggage, clothing, furniture and so on. This is why hotels are prime targets for bedbug infestations because tourists and travelers can easily bring them in and hotels have to be extra-vigilant to guard against this happening.
How to deal with a bedbug infestation
If you think that you may have a bed bug infestation then you could try washing your bed linen and clothes at 60 degrees and tumble drying on a hot setting – this will the bugs. You will also need to carry out a full inspection of your bedroom furniture and carpet, vacuuming up any bed bugs that you can find. The issue with doing either of these is that it is incredibly difficult to get all of them and an infestation may happen again.
At Europest we have many years experience of dealing with bed bug infestations and we have the right equipment and materials for the job. Please give us a call if you need any help.