Bed Bugs often exist unnoticed until the infestation levels swell and bites are noticed or customer complaints are received. It is a common misconception that Bed Bugs are not visible, Bed Bugs are areddish-brown, oval, flattened 6 to 9 mm long and 1.5 to 3 mm wide before they feed on the blood of the bed occupants. After feeding adults are swollen and dull red.
If you've found Bed Bugs you should engage a professional, some people report painful and itchy bites and Bed Bugs can be particularly difficult to remove as they live in the cracks and crevices between wood fittings such as skirting boards and between folds of materials on beds.
How to spot bed bugs
Bed bugs can be hard to spot, prefering to hide in cracks and crevices and under folds of fabric such as mattresses. Take a close look at the corners of mattresses and around head boards for any obvious signs of infestations. You can also look out for the following:
- Faecal Spotting - Bed bugs leave behind fecal matter which looks like small black dots, these can be found on sheets or hard surfaces such as skirting boards and walls.
- Blood Spotting - Bed bugs feed on blood they may leave behind small spots of blood on your sheets or hard surfaces.
- Smells - Bedbugs have a distinct sweet smell which may be detectable in large infestations.
- Bed bugs - A tell tale sign of an infestation is finding bedbugs. Even if you find 1 it could be a larger infestion than it seems on the surface and a single egg on your clothes could move the infestation to your home or another room.
How to treat for bed bugs
If you've found Bed Bugs you should engage a professional, some people report painful and itchy bites and Bed Bugs can be particularly difficult to remove as they live in the cracks and crevices between wood fittings such as skirting boards and between folds of materials on beds. We do not recommend home remedies for controlling bedbugs and they are very resistant and can live for months without a feed.
Pest Pulse uses a combination of steam to kill all stages of the bedbug lifecycles and a natural desiccant powder that effectively treats for bedbugs in your home or business.
Bed Bugs in Hotels
It is imperative for those operating within the hospitality sector to provide reactive and proactive pest control against bed bug infestations as failure to effectively address the issue poses a serious threat to both brand equity and reputation.
Bed Bugs in your Home
Always consult a professional when dealing with a Bed Bug infestation. Carrying out a DIY approach to Bed Bug treatments could result in further spreading the infestation.