Bed bugs are small parasitic insects that feed on human blood by piercing the skin. In order to eliminate bed bugs from your home, a thorough inspection and a combination of heat and chemical treatments are required. Bug Busters’ pest management technicians are trained and experienced in the detection and eradication of bed bugs.

Bed bugs are not known to be carriers of disease, but their bites can be painful and skin rashes and allergic reactions can develop. Interestingly, not everyone suffers these reactions and some people can remain completely unaware that they are being bitten. Generally, people are surprised to discover that bed bugs weren’t eradicated years ago and are horrified to find them in their home.

Once bed bugs have established themselves in a home, their eradication will almost certainly require the services of a professional pest control company. While hygiene and sanitation are significant factors in controlling other pests, bed bugs aren’t fussy and will happily infest the cleanest of houses. Avoid bringing second hand bedroom furniture into your home and inspect luggage when returning from other accommodation. Residual surface sprays applied to the outside of luggage before travelling may prevent bedbugs from hitching a ride to your home.

How To Identify Bed Bugs

Bed bugs are pretty easy to identify. The information found above should help you determine whether or not you have them and whether you might require bed bug pest control. You may find you have small bite marks, usually on your legs, as well as blood spots on the sheets. It’s very common for bed bugs to be hiding in the corner of bed frames or under the thick cording on the edge of mattresses. 

How To Identify Bed Bug Bites

If you’ve spotted an insect bite but you haven’t yet identified the culprit, you may need to look a little further for clues. Bites aren’t the only thing bed bugs leave behind, so chances are you may be able to identify bed bugs from additional signs of infestation. If you’ve been sharing a bed with the blood-sucking critters, you may notice some blood specks on your sheets. You might also find additional clues in popular bed bug infestation areas such as cast skins (empty bug shells) and bug-sized faeces.

Bed bug bites commonly occur on areas of the body that are exposed during sleep such as the hands, neck, legs and arms. Although they may look similar to mosquito bites, bed bug bites will often appear in lines or grouped within a small area. Additional symptoms of bed bug bites include the following:

  • Redness and swelling
  • Itchiness and irritation
  • Burning sensations
  • Blistering at the bite site (in more extreme cases)

 

How To Treat Bed Bug Bites

If you’ve spotted a bed bug bite, you will need to keep the bitten area clean with warm water and soap. You should also avoid scratching the bite site (as difficult as it is), as this could lead to a secondary infection further down the line. Most bites will clear up within a matter of days. However, if symptoms persist or you develop an adverse reactions to the bed bug bites, you may need to seek medical advice from your local doctor.

Bed Bug Prevention Tips

Due to their expert ‘survival tactics’, it’s often difficult to get rid of a bed bug infestation using DIY pest control methods. However, there are certain bed bug prevention steps you can follow to stop the biting bugs invading your Perth home or business in the first place:

    • Inspect furniture: If you’re buying or collecting second-hand furniture for your Perth home or business, make sure you inspect your new additions for bed bug infestations before bringing them into your Perth property. Likewise, if you’re travelling around different hotels and hostels, check furniture and bedding for signs of a pest infestation.
    • Check your bedding: Like many pests, bed bugs often leave behind a trail. If you spot any specks of blood in your bedding (or bites on your back) this probably means the pests aren’t far away. If you notice the signs of unwelcome bed bugs in your Perth home or business, you should call your local Perth pest control experts to get rid of the pest problem safely and effectively.
    • Vacuum your suitcase: Aside from bad sunburn, bed bugs are the last thing you want to bring back from holiday. If you’ve just returned from your travels, make sure you vacuum your suitcase to get rid of any bugs that may have hitched a ride on your clothing or luggage.
    • Wash your clothes: If you think you’ve come into contact with bed bugs, make sure you wash your clothes to get rid of the resident pests.
    • Organise a pest inspection: Your best bet at preventing a bed bug infestation is to organise regular pest inspections with your Perth pest control experts. Certified pest controllers will be able to check your Perth home or business for potential hitch-hikers and advise you on how to prevent bed bug infestations in the future.