Bed bugs are broadly oval and flat, reddish-brown, oval insects up to 4 to 5 mm long or the size of an apple seed.
Bed bugs tend to feed on any bare skin that is exposed while sleeping. Although the bite is painless, many people develop an allergic reaction to the saliva injected by the bug as it feeds. Swelling may be severe and extend beyond the immediate bite area in highly sensitive individuals.
Bed bugs are easily transported and once introduced, they can spread throughput a building. They harbor in cracks and crevices during the day and come out to feed at night.
Typically, initial infestations of bed begs are found associated with the bed such as around mattress buttons and beading, in boxsprings or their coverings, and in any crevice of a wooden bed frame, such as where members join. They are particularly fond of wood and fabrics as opposed to plastic and metal.
Other places where bed bugs could infest are door and window frames, stuffed furniture, floorboard cracks, behind loose wallpaper, light switches, etc. Clutter is a bed bug’s best friend and must be eliminated.
WHAT ARE THE SIGNS OF A BED BUG INFESTATION?
- 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.
- After feeding, bed bugs return to their harborage to hide where they defecate black to brown stains on porous surfaces or black to brown mounds on nonporous surfaces.
- Bites also may indicate bed bug activity, but further signs will need to be found, since other sources can cause red welts on the skin.
HOW DO YOU GET BED BUG INFESTATION?
It’s possible to pick up bed bugs almost any place—they infest homes, hotels, offices, stores, gyms and countless other places. They can hide in your luggage, personal belongings, or even on you, and hitchhike a ride back to your home or apartment. Once indoors, they can be extremely difficult to control without the help of an experienced pest specialist.
A bed bug infestation has nothing to do with cleanliness. You can pick them up in the finest hotels, and they can hitchhike into the cleanest homes at any time. But, you can help reduce your chances of a costly bed bug infestation by catching them early.
HOW DO YOU GET RID OF BED BUGS MYSELF?
These are a few tips you can deploy to get rid of bed bugs when you notice since of its activities.
- Remove all clutter, this makes detection of bed bugs easier and faster.
- Wash and dry your bed linens often and using the hottest temperature allowed for the fabric.
- Inspection closely all second-hand furniture for bed bugs before you bring it into your house.
- Inspect your home regularly—especially when guests stay overnight, visit from a service worker and return from a vacation trip.
- Wash bedding and clothes on a high heat of at least 60℃ or dry under the sun.
In Public Spaces (especially places of accommodation e.g. hotels, hostels, dormitories,. Etc.)
In recent times, there has been numerous reports of the infestation of bed bugs in accommodation facilities in schools, especially Senior High Schools across the country. These are some suggestions management can adopt in managing outbreak of bed bugs when spotted.
- Carefully inspect mattress tags and seams, and bed skirts.
- Lift and look for all bed bug hiding spots, including underneath the mattress, bed frame, headboard and furniture. Typically, they come out at night to feed, but during the day they are most likely found within a 1.5 meter radius of the bed.
- Elevate your luggage on a luggage rack away from the bed and wall, since bed bugs can often hide behind headboards, window and door frames, picture frames and electrical outlet panels.
- Examine your luggage carefully while repacking and when you return home. Always keep luggage off the bed and store it in a closet or other area, far away from your bedroom.
- Place all your clothing from your luggage immediately in the dryer for at least 15 minutes at the highest setting or under the hot sun for the longest time possible upon returning home from travel.
- Washing bedding and clothes on a high heat of at least 60℃;
- Vacuum mattresses, carpets, and furniture, emptying the contents into an outside bin.
THINK YOU MIGHT HAVE A BED BUG INFESTATION?
Call Gulf Atlantic’s standby technical team immediately, or inform your property manager if you are renting so they can begin to create a customized treatment for your bed bugs. Bed bugs can multiply quickly, so early detection is critical to help prevent an even larger infestation.
We offer a 24/7 service and emergency call-ups. Our technical team is just a call away for free survey and evaluation. Call now on 0541148874 / 0277557719 or send us an email on firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com for more information.