What are the signs of a bed bug infestation? Here are a few signs to look out for:
- Bloodstains on the bedsheets, clothes, and pillows
- Feces of bed bugs on the mattress or bed sheets (these are dark brown in color)
- A foul odor emitting from your bed
- Small, sesame seed-sized critters hiding in the fabric of your clothes or bed sheets
Where Do Bed Bugs Hide?
Bed bugs are also known as “travel bugs” because they sneak into luggage and clothes without being detected. Since they have flat bodies, they’re able to easily hide in tiny spaces, without being caught.
Unlike other pests like ants and wasps, they don’t have nests. Instead, they breed in mattresses and headboards. After breeding, they change their location, moving to other small spaces and crevices.
There is a common misconception that infestations are a result of personal hygiene and sanitation issues. Bed bugs, like head lice, do not have a preference for cleanliness. They are only concerned with human blood. Therefore, they often hide in places (like beds and pillows) that help them gain access to human beings.
Why is it easy for bed bugs to go unnoticed?
Bed bugs are silent attackers. They lurk around the corners of your bed in the darkest hours of the night. Since bed bugs are too tiny, it’s easy for these pests to go unnoticed. This means that you won’t know of their presence until there is a full-blown infestation.
Have you ever woken up to odd markings on your body, specifically the arms? Do you often have small, red bumps that cannot be explained? Some individuals may chalk it up as an allergic reaction of some kind when it may not be the case.
Unless you have a keen eye, bed bugs can infest your home without being noticed. That’s why they’re known to be one of a kind amongst pests. Unlike termites and cockroaches, which can be spotted almost immediately, bed bugs can go undetected. Oftentimes, individuals may believe they are merely encountering skin issues rather than suspect a bug infestation.
When do bed bugs bite?
Ever heard of the phrase, “Goodnight, sleep tight, and don’t let the bed bugs bite”? This is because bed bugs bite during the middle of the night. They often attack when their victim is fast asleep.
Since most people often blame mosquitoes and skin conditions like eczema, it can be tricky identifying a bed bug problem.
The truth is, bed bugs don’t carry diseases. However, they are an annoyance and their bite can be extremely painful and may cause allergic reactions.
Health Problems Caused By Bed Bugs
Knowing that your body may be bitten as you sleep can be extremely stressful. Although bed bugs are not known to carry disease, their bites and the subsequent itching can lead to infections. Some people may suffer from an allergic reaction due to these bed bugs.
People might experience redness and swelling. Bites can be extremely itchy, making these pests particularly pesky. Welts often develop a few days after being bitten.
While these pesky critters cannot fly, they spread by hitching a ride on your clothes and bag. One of the first steps to take is to clean your beddings, pillows, and other furnishings that are infested. You may also consider throwing away your old bedsheets and pillowcases. Bed bugs nest and hide in fabrics.
The second thing you can do is to consult a pest control expert who can help identify infested areas. Pest exterminators are equipped with the knowledge of where these critters usually hide. They can help remove them in an efficient and effective manner.
Furthermore, a professional knows the behavioral pattern of bed bugs and has the tools to inspect hard-to-reach areas. They also have the right products to remove pests without damaging furnishings and the environment.
Chemical vs Non-Chemical Bed Bug Control
What is chemical bed bug control?
Chemical methods for bed bug management involve using insecticides and applying them to areas where bed bugs are located as well as other hotspots around your property.
What is non-chemical bed bug control?
Non-chemical methods for bed bug management involve:
Thorough cleaning of bed linens, curtains, and other furniture
Vacuuming of all areas inside your property
- Using oil-based insecticides like Neocidol
Why should you book a professional pest control service?
Please contact us immediately for more information about bed bugs control. Our pest control strategies involve a combination of non-chemical and chemical methods. Some of these methods require your cooperation in order to ensure the best end results. An effective bed bug control is only possible with the full support of the homeowner.
With a team of experts who have decades of experience, we are able to identify areas where bed bugs hide. We use effective tools and products to get rid of these bugs. The products we use for treatments are child and pet-friendly.
We have licensed pest and building professionals and members of the PCB. We guarantee that all our pest control services are eco-friendly!