Bedbugs are pesky critters that are difficult to eradicate from the home and many people waste time and energy on over-the-counter remedies. However, a professional pest controller can use ‘professional grade’ but safe insecticides, as well as giving homeowners advice on what other factors need to come in to play to rid the home of bedbugs.
How do bedbugs get in to a property?
There are two factors that are the main reasons how bedbug get in to a property…
- Travel – the increase in both domestic and foreign travel have meant that bedbugs have a ready means of getting about. They can work their way into people’s clothing and bags, find themselves transported to warm homes where they can multiply and feed.
- Neighbouring properties – unfortunately, there have also been cases where bedbugs have entered a property from a neighbouring one. Small in size, they scuttle along very quickly and can find their way through the smallest of unseen cavities between one property and another.
Many people assume that you cannot see a bedbug but an adult one is similar to a lentil; brownish in colour, they are disc shaped. You may also find you have bites on your body where the bedbug has bitten; these bites are usually in a straight line as opposed to random bites, such as with fleas.
You may also notice spots of blood on bedding, where recently fed bedbugs have been squashed during the night.
Getting rid of bedbugs
There are several key things that need to happen in order to be rid of bedbugs…
- Bedbugs lay eggs and therefore these need to be killed and removed as well – they are almost invisible to the naked eye and tend to be laid in the smallest of crevices on a bed frame. The whole frame will deep cleaning and, along with the mattress, treated with a high grade insecticide.
- Bedding will need to be washed at temperatures of 60° or more – in fact, the hotter the wash the better. Bedding should also be tumbled dried at the highest temperature possible too. Bedbugs can withstand a range of temperatures, with only extreme cold or heat killing bedbugs and their eggs
- It may be that in the cases of severe infestation, the treatment may need to be applied again
- Professional pest controllers will also ensure that small nooks and crannies within a room are also treated; bedbugs, for example, can lay dormant for many, many months and so ensuring that electric sockets, the creases in a bed frame are cleaned are treated an important
- A recurring problem of bedbugs indicates that the source has not been identified and treated and may require further investigation.
Many people are reluctant to call in a professional pest controller for embarrassment; failing to treat the initial signs of bedbug quickly and effectively may actually help spread them!
Bedbugs, like many pests, enjoy a safe, warm home with a ready supply of food which you supply, inadvertently, every night.
Getting the right treatment and the right advice is important when it comes to bedbug infestations – so if you spot the signs, call in the professionals sooner rather than later…