Bed Bug Control
Signs Of A Bed Bug Infestation
The first sign of a bed bug infestation is usually biting on your skin. These bites are often itchy and can be mistaken for mosquito bites. Other signs of a bed bug infestation include:
- Bloodstains on your sheets or mattress
- Tiny black specks (bed bug faeces) on your sheets or mattress
- Bed bug exoskeletons (shed skins) on your sheets or mattress
- A musty odour in your bedroom
What Is Professional Bed Bug Control?
How Does Professional Bed Bug Control Work?
The first step in professional bed bug control is a thorough inspection of your home or business. The exterminator will look for signs of bed bugs, such as shed skins, fecal spots, or live bugs. Once they have identified the extent of the infestation, they will develop a treatment plan tailored to your specific needs.
Most professional bed bug treatments involve the use of pesticides, but many exterminators also use non-chemical methods such as heat treatment or steam cleaning. In some cases, multiple treatments may be necessary to completely eradicate the bed bugs.
How Effective is Professional Bed Bug Control?
Professional bed bug control is typically very effective at eliminating bed bugs from your home or business. However, the effectiveness of the treatment will depend on several factors, including the severity of the infestation and how well you follow the exterminator's instructions for preparation and aftercare.
In some cases, multiple treatments may be necessary to completely eradicate the bed bugs, so it's important to be patient and persistent throughout the process.
Is Professional Bed Bug control safe for pets and children?
Yes, professional bed bug control treatments are designed to be safe for both pets and children when properly applied by trained technicians. Our team at Bugwise Pest Control adheres to strict guidelines and utilizes industry-approved methods to ensure the safety and well-being of your family and pets.
We use HSE-authorised insecticides and advanced techniques to effectively eliminate bed bugs while minimizing any potential risks.
However, we recommend taking some precautions to ensure the utmost safety during and after the treatment process:
- Follow our technicians' instructions and guidelines regarding the preparation of your home before the treatment. This may involve removing bedding, personal items, and pet belongings from the infested areas.
- Keep children and pets away from the treated areas during the treatment process, and for a period of time afterwards as recommended by our technicians.
Ventilate the treated rooms for a few hours after the treatment is completed, and before re-entering the space with your children or pets.
How Do You Prepare for Professional Bed Bug Treatment?
Before the technician arrives, you'll need to prepare your home or business for treatment. This will typically involve washing and drying all bedding, clothing, and linens on high heat, vacuuming all carpets and furniture and decluttering the space as much as possible.
Your bed bug control specialist will provide you with specific instructions on how to prepare for treatment, so make sure to follow them carefully to ensure the best possible outcome.
How To Prevent Bed Bugs
Preventing bed bugs can be a challenging task, as these pests are highly adaptable and can easily spread from one location to another. However, by following these steps, you can reduce the likelihood of a bed bug infestation in your home:
- Be vigilant during travel: When staying in hotels, hostels, or other temporary accommodations, inspect the bed, mattress, and surrounding areas for any signs of bed bugs. Keep your luggage off the floor and on luggage racks or elevated surfaces to minimize the chance of bed bugs hitching a ride back home with you.
- Regularly inspect your home: Periodically check your mattresses, bed frames, headboards, and other furniture for any signs of bed bugs. Look for small reddish-brown bugs, tiny white eggs, or black fecal spots. Regular inspections can help you detect an infestation early and take appropriate action.
- Use mattress and box spring encasements: Encasing your mattress and box spring in a bed bug-proof cover can help prevent bed bugs from infesting these items. Ensure the encasements are specifically designed to keep out bed bugs and are of high quality.
- Be cautious when acquiring second-hand items: Inspect second-hand furniture, clothing, and other items thoroughly before bringing them into your home. If possible, launder or heat-treat any items that may harbour bed bugs.
- Consider professional help: If you suspect a bed bug infestation, consult a professional pest control service with experience in bed bug management. Early intervention can help prevent the infestation from spreading and becoming more difficult to control.
By following these prevention tips, you can significantly reduce the risk of a bed bug infestation in your home and maintain a comfortable, pest-free living environment.
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Bed Bugs Frequently Asked Questions
What causes a bed bug infestation?
The root of a bed bug infestation often stems from used furniture or other infested items. You can carry bed bugs in your luggage, purse, backpack, or soft or upholstered items. They can move from room to room in multi-unit buildings, like hotels.
Where will I find bed bugs?
Bed bugs can be found in various places, including under loose wallpaper, behind pictures, bed frames, mattresses, clothing, and furniture. If the room is heavily infested, you can find bed bugs in the seams and folds of chairs, couches, and cushions.
What temperature kills bed bugs instantly?
The high temperature of 100°C instantly kills bed bugs. Steam should be applied slowly to the folds and tufts of mattresses, the seams of sofas, bed frames, and any corners or edges that may hold bed bugs.
How long do bed bugs live?
Adult bed bugs live for about 2 to 4 months. Larvae and adults can survive up to 1 year without feeding. Young nymphs can survive without a blood meal for days or months.
Can bed bugs make you sick?
Bed bugs do not directly cause illness in humans. In most cases of humans becoming ill after being bitten by bed bugs, it was an allergy or infection. Bedbug bites occur most often in areas while sleeping, such as the face, neck, and arms.
How to get rid of bed bugs?
Bed bugs heat treatment is the fastest way to kill nasty critters. A heat treatment raises your home's temperature above 60°C through thermal blasting. The goal is to eliminate bed bugs at every stage of their life cycle.
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