Believe the headlines and bed bugs infestations are on the increase in the western world. But are they? If so, why?
Introducing the Bed Bug
Bed bugs are small, blood-sucking insects that gravitate to where you sleep. They will live in cracks and crevices, such as behind electrical sockets, and come out at night to feed on your exposed skin.
Adult bed bugs are oval, flat and about 5mm long – like a lentil or an apple seed. They can be brown, red or yellow.
They aren’t dangerous and they don’t spread disease but some people react to their bites, meaning they scratch at them and the bites can become infected. Finding a bed bug means there are many more and it is a stressful problem to live with.
Signs of Bed Bugs
As well as waking with fresh bites, you may also spot:
- Small bugs or tiny white eggs in the crevices and joints of your mattress and bed frame
- Tiny black spots on the mattress could be bed bug ‘poop’
- Mottled ‘shells’ are the skin shed by a bed bug as it grows
- Blood spots on your sheets occur when you roll and squash a bed bug when it has fed
- You may also notice an unpleasant, musty scent to your room
Don’t Let Embarrassment Stand in the Way
Bed bugs, like other insects, inhabit homes that are clean and warm, as well with a plentiful supply of food – in this case, you.
They are carried into your home in numerous ways such as on your clothes or on bags. A bed bug infestation can strike any home or business, at any time.
But, it is an infestation that needs to be dealt with effectively and this is why bed bugs are an increasing issue.
This means assessing the scale of the problem, applying treatment to all areas of the room including the bed and deep cleaning. It also means replacing bedding once treatment is complete or washing it at 60° or more. Items that cannot be washed will need to be in the deep freeze for a few weeks.
We deal with bed bug infestations quickly and discreetly. The earlier you spot the signs and seek our help, the quicker we can deal with the problem and the cheaper it will be too.