When first entering your room good practice is to place luggage in the bathroom/shower room before checking beds for common signs of bed bugs.
Vacuum your house regularly, paying particular attention to headboards, bed frames and surrounding floor areas. Unfortunately, vacuuming will not remove an existing bed bug problem, but it may help reduce the chances of an infestation. Empty the vacuum and dispose of waste completely to avoid the transfer of bed bugs to new areas. Bed bugs will look for places to hide, so reduce clutter.
Bed Bug Survival
Bed bugs reproduce as close to their host as possible and are excellent at hiding, so you won’t often see them in the early stages of an infestation. Bed bugs survive by feeding solely on blood. Prevention is tough, so the most important thing to do is seek professional help as soon as you believe you have a problem.
What do Bed Bugs Look Like?
Bed bugs are relatively small in size (around 4-5mm) and red/brown in colour, similar to an apple pip. When bed bugs have recently fed they appear fatter.
Other Evidence of Bed Bug Infestations
In the early stages of an infestation, bed bugs can be difficult to identify. As the colony matures, they will become more obvious. As well as bite marks on yourself, the following are further evidence of a bed bug infestation:
Bedbug faeces consist of waste blood from the host. It appears black on bedding and in heavy infestations, a build up of faeces may result in streams of blood on material when water or chemicals are added. Bedbug faeces are often found in the bed frame and headboards.
Once matured, bed bugs can be seen, ranging in size between an apple pip and a small finger nail. Nymph (immature) bed bugs are tougher to spot with the naked eye, as they are tiny and colourless before they feed. Bed bugs shed their casings (skin), leaving static shells that look like bugs. These are a good indicator of an infestation.
Usually not present in the early stages of an infestation, in later stages bed bugs emit a strong, sweet, almond-like odour.
Bed Bug Removal
• Infested areas need to be treated, as well as surrounding areas
• Bed bugs will try to avoid chemicals.
• Treating the entire property including adjoining rooms improves chances of total eradication