This is an extremely common pest, its success, in part, is due to the increased popularity of buying second hand furniture allowing them to easily travel and it is also thought they have built up a tolerance to certain pesticides!
How Do They Get in Your House?
Bed bugs will attach themselves to clothing, bags and luggage, so if you have stayed in a hotel or visited friends or family that has a bed bug infestation then they can easily make it back to your home! Also, if you have recently bought second hand furniture, beds or positions these could also be a source of the infestation.
Where Do Bed Bugs Live?
Bed bugs are mainly active at night so during the day they will hide in surrounding furniture, crevices of the bed, behind skirting boards, behind pictures on the wall, under loose wall paper even in plug sockets! And this is just a few examples.
What Do Bed Bugs Eat?
Bed bugs feed on human blood so they need a host to survive, however, it is possible for a bed bug to survive up to a year without food.
Why Control Bed Bugs?
Although a bite from a bed bug is not known to spread disease it is not a pleasant experience. A bite from a bed bug causes red itchy lumps and while most people would only have a mild reaction some people can develop a much more sever skin reaction and experience disturbed sleep.
If you are a business such as a hotel or B n B then they consequences can be much more severe, as it could ruin your businesses reputation. If customers a bitten by bed bugs they are likely to complain, request a refund, leave bad reviews and not offer you any returning business so if you have any signs of bed bugs they need to be addressed urgently.
What Are the Signs of a Bed Bug Infestation?
- Dark ink like spots on the bed frame or under the mattress
- Small smears of blood on headboard or bed linen
- Finding small brown insects in and around your bed and sleeping area
- Red itchy bites, often found on the neck, shoulders, back, legs or arms
How to Get Rid of Bed Bugs?
If you suspect a bed bug infestation in your home or at your business, then it is strongly recommended they you act fast and call in a pest control specialist.
It is likely that self-treatment will fail so it is worth calling out a professional as they have the knowledge, skills and equipment that is not readily available to the public to get the job done right first time.
If you’re having trouble with bed bugs or suspect you have an infestation at your home or business, then contact Advance Pest Control Bristol today – 0777 150 3170