Bedbugs are small, brownish insects that live in the blood of animals or humans. Adult bedbugs have flat bodies about the size of an apple seed. After feeding, however, their bodies swell and are a reddish colour.
Where Bed Bugs Hide
Bedbugs may enter your home through luggage, clothing, used couches, and other items. Their flattened bodies make it possible for them to fit into tiny spaces. Their initial hiding places are typically in mattresses, box springs, bed frames, and headboards where they have easy access to people to bite in the night.
Over a period of time, they may scatter through the bedroom, moving into any crevice or protected location. They are also capable of spreading into nearby rooms or apartments.
When Bedbugs Bite
Bedbugs are active mainly at night and usually bite people while they are sleeping. They feed by piercing the skin and withdrawing blood through an elongated beak. The bugs feed on three to 10 minutes to become engorged and then crawl away unnoticed.
Most bedbug bites are painless at first but later turn into itchy welts. Unlike flea bites that are mainly around the ankles, bedbug bites are on any area of skin exposed while sleeping. Also, the bites do not have a red spot in the center like flea bites do.
People who don’t realize they have a bedbug infestation may attribute the itching and welts to other causes, such as mosquitoes To confirm bedbug bites, you must find and identify the bugs themselves.
You may wake up with itchy areas you didn’t have when you went to sleep, Other signs that you have bedbugs include:
- Bloodstains on your sheets or pillowcases
- Dark or rusty spots of bedbug excrement on sheets and mattresses, bedclothes, and walls
- Bedbug fecal spots, eggshells, or shed skins in areas where bedbugs hide
- An offensive, musty odor from the bugs’ scent glands
If you suspect an infestation, Call a Professional.
Getting rid of bedbugs begins with cleaning up the places where bedbugs live. some things we do
- Clean bedding, linens, curtains, and clothing in hot water and dry them in the highest dryer setting. Place stuffed animals, shoes, and other items that can’t be washed in the dryer and run on high for 30 minutes.
- Use a stiff brush to scrub mattress seams to remove bedbugs and their eggs before vacuuming.
- Vacuum your bed and surrounding area frequently. After vacuuming, immediately place the vacuum cleaner bag in a plastic bag and place it in the garbage can outdoors.
- Encase mattress and box springs with a tightly woven, zippered cover to keep bedbugs from entering or escaping. B
While cleaning up infested areas will be helpful in controlling bedbugs, getting rid of them usually requires chemical treatment Because treating your bed and bedroom with insecticides can be harmful, it is important to use products that can be used safely in bedrooms. Do not treat mattresses at all.
Generally, it is safest and most effective to hire an experienced pest control professional for bedbug extermination.