DETECTION IS CRITICAL TO HELP PREVENT LARGER INFESTATIONS OF BED BUGS
Bed bugs are a bloodsucking parasite which feed at night, injecting their saliva as they do so, also allowing the introduction of a mild anaesthetic and anti-coagulant making it easier for them to feed. An intensive 3 part treatment is always recommended for bed bugs to fit in with their breeding cycle.
Treatments include steaming, insecticide and ULV. Allergic reactions to the bites are uncommon, but can result in delayed swelling and itching.
How To Identify Bed Bugs
Bed bugs are flat, reddish-brown, oval insects up to 4 to 5 mm long or the size of an apple seed.
They become swollen and reddish after a blood meal. Blood marks can be found on bedding and clothing.
The eggs may be seen in beds and mattress seams but also on the backs of headboards along with dark spots of bed bug excrement.
Premises with poor, crowded and unhygienic conditions can cause infestations, but bed bugs can occur in well maintained premises too.
Signs of Bed Bug Infestations
- Seeing the bugs: Adult bed bugs are about the shape and size of an apple seed
- Case skins: As the juvenile bugs grow, they shed their skins, discovery of which can indicate their presence
- Defecation: After feeding, bed bugs return to their harbourage to hide where they defecate black to brown stains on porous surfaces, or black to brown mounds on nonporous surfaces
- Bites: may also indicate bed bug activity, but further signs will need to be found, since other sources can cause red welts on the skin. The usual areas on the body to be affected are shoulders, upper arms, chest and neck.
Bed Bug Removal Process
The main control measure to be considered are steam treatment and the use of an appropriate insecticide*.
**only after consulting with the client to establish any medication allergies.
Infested clothing and bedding must be laundered (or burnt) and close attention paid to removing fluff, dust and other debris from anywhere which can harbour the pests.