Bed bugs are a common fear for most people, no doubt fuelled by the bedtime rhyme we all knew as children. If you think you’re sharing the bed with these nasty little pests, you should do a thorough check immediately to be sure. Getting rid of bed bugs is a challenge, and not something you can do properly at home without the aid of harsh chemicals.
The signs of bed bugs
You probably guessed that bed bugs are most commonly found on mattresses and sheets. They are also found hiding in cracks in the floor or walls, in the carpet, or in furniture. Bed bugs often travel on clothes or get brought in by pets. Bed bugs are nocturnal pests, meaning they feed at night and exclusively feed on blood. Human blood is their favourite meal, but they won’t say no to pets and other animals.
Bed bugs are about half a centimetre long with a flat oval shaped body and squat head. They have a large mouth and antennae, and if you want to get close enough you will count six legs. Normally, bed bugs look like light brown specks on the edge of your mattress but the first sign of an infestation might be itchy red welts on your skin which swell up then calm down after a few days.
At the first sign of any welts, there are two things you should do:
1. Call The Pest Guys to arrange a thorough inspection and immediately commence fumigation treatment for bed bugs
2. Keep calm. We will sort out your bed bug problem for you!
In the meantime, you can help to reduce the impact of bed bugs by following the below bed bug treatment steps.
How to treat bed bugs
The first step is treating the bites with a soothing calamine or anaesthetic lotion to reduce the swelling and itchiness. Wash the bites with antiseptic soap to reduce the risk of infection and if you’re in serious pain or worried about infections go and see a doctor.
Bed bug pest control starts with thoroughly washing and vacuuming all your bedding, the mattress, floors and other surfaces in the infested area to control the population. Check the rest of the house to make sure the infestation hasn’t spread. If possible, try to track back to where the pest problem could have started. It might have followed you back from a holiday in your luggage, or come in to the house on your pet’s fur. Finding the source of the bed bug infestation will stop it spreading further.
Professional pest control
The Pest Guys are Perth’s best bed bug pest control specialists. The first step in our comprehensive treatment is a thorough inspection, followed up with physical and chemical control methods. Our low toxicity chemical treatments keep your family and pets safe and get rid of bed bugs for good.
To stop bed bugs returning it’s important to get professionals to follow up two to three weeks after to make sure the pests haven’t come back. Get in touch with The Pest Guys as soon as you see the signs of a bed bug infestation and we will take care of the rest.