“Bedbugs are Nasty and Are Difficult to Get Rid Of – Don’t Be A Hero and Call on The Professionals”
How to Rid Your World of Nasty Bedbugs
Bed bugs are nasty and unwelcome bugs that can easily infest your home, no matter how often you clean your environment. And don’t try to be a hero either. Once you have an infestation, they are almost impossible to be rid of. DIY methods are not effective. It is advisable to use professional pest control services such as the experts at Mostert Pest Control for thorough fumigation of your premises or home.
What do Bedbugs Look Like – What are you Looking for?
Bedbugs are little in size, oval and brownish – their bodies are flat and are about the size of the seeds of apples (about 6.44 mm long). Once they have fed on the blood of humans, they swell up and become redder than brown. Bedbugs don’t fly and move very quickly over ceilings, floors and walls. The females lay hundreds of eggs during their lives – these eggs are no larger than a tiny dust speck.
The nymphs (undeveloped bedbugs) shed their skins numerous times before adulthood and they need to feed on the blood of the host after each time skin is shed. Bedbugs take a month to reach full maturity, producing up to three generations in a single year!
Bedbugs are nasty but do not transmit any serious illnesses. Getting rid of bedbugs is key.
Where Are Bedbugs Found
Bedbugs like to hide in cracks and crevices such as floorboards, in plug sockets and behind headboards during the day, coming out at night to feed on the host’s blood – usually when the host is asleep. Infestations will soon become obvious by the nasty welts and blisters that appear on the host’s skin and the smear of the faeces of the bugs on bedding and mattresses.
When there is a serious infestation there is a distinct, unpleasant smell that accompanies these creatures.
Bedbugs tend to scatter throughout rooms and could spread from one location to the next. Bedbugs are not particular and can be found in clean as well as dirty environments.
Before replacing your mattress with a new one, ensure the infestation is completely gone, otherwise, the problem will simply repeat itself.
When Bedbugs Come Out at Night to Feed
Bedbugs are nocturnal and usually bites the hosts while asleep. Feeding takes place when they pierce the skin and draw blood through a beak that is elongated in appearance. The bites are not painful at first, but they can turn quite nasty, forming welts, are itchy, and can cause swelling and blisters. The bites could easily be mistaken for those caused by fleas and mosquitoes, although they are distinctly different.
To make the right diagnosis, it is important to pinpoint where the bugs are hiding before getting rid of bedbugs .
Definite Signs of Bedbugs
- Look out for eggshells and shed skins in areas that bedbugs like to hide such as cracks and crevices
- Look for dark spots that are rusty in appearance on your bed clothes, on walls and bedding
- There will usually be a nasty smell caused by the scent glands of the bedbugs
Getting Rid of Bedbugs
Get rid of clutter as this could be the ideal hiding and breeding place for bedbugs. The first sign of an infestation is small rusty-looking spots where they are nesting. Bedbugs nest in mattresses, upholstery, on clothes and in bedding. Wash everything in hot water to get rid of bugs and their eggs.
The first steps to take in getting rid of bedbugs is to do a thorough cleaning of all soft furnishings such as carpets, chairs, mattresses, curtains and cushions. Wash these in very hot water and tumble dry them on the highest setting. Anything that cannot be washed such as shoes and soft toys in the tumble dryer and run this for 30 minutes.
Run a hard brush over the seams of your mattress to remove any eggs before vacuuming thoroughly. Once you have completed vacuuming, empty the vacuum cleaner outside and place the bag in an outside bin.
Place your new mattress or cleaned mattress in a zipped cover to ensure bed bugs don’t return. Did you know that bedbugs don’t need to feed for up to a year?
Don’t try fumigating or treating infestations through DIY methods as these are both ineffective and could prove to be expensive methods.
Mostert Pest Control specialists will pinpoint the areas where bedbugs nest and will devise and implement a treatment option that will ensure these bugs are taken care of immediately by implementing a residual contact insecticide together with a total release fumigation method to eradicate bedbugs.