Advice and information on Bed Bugs
Bed Bugs have become an increasingly problem due to increased travel making it easier for the bugs to travel and find hosts. They feed off the blood of a host and so are found where people rest and sleep, causing understandable distress.
Adult Bed bugs look like small brown discs, up to 6mm in length but in the early stages, they are much smaller, making it harder to detect.
Bed bugs can attach to luggage, bags and clothing which means that they may be transferred during travel as well as second hand belongings.
SIGNS OF INFESTATION
- Red irritating bites in rows on your neck, shoulders, back legs or arms.
- Small blood-smears on the bed linen or head-board.
- Clusters or dark spots that look like ink dots on the bed frame of bottom side of the mattress.
- Bed bugs tend to hide in crevices in the bed, furniture around beds, behind skirting boards, under loose wallpaper, behind pictures and sometimes in plug sockets.
Bed bugs are spread from person to person so the best way to prevent an infestation is by thoroughly checking furniture and items of clothing when travelling to a new place and returning from travel.
- Place Bug traps or Bed Bag trap Moats to prevent the pests from reaching you.
- If upon your return you notice Bed Bugs have attached themselves to your possession
- Wash everything at 60°C
- Follow with tumble drying at a “hot” setting for at least 30 mins
- Then dry clean everything
- Or place everything in a bag in the deep freezer for at least 3 days