If you have bed bugs in your house, you'll need to get rid of them as quickly as possible. Bed bugs stay close to a food source, so are found where people tend to rest and sleep, hence the name bed bug. The frustration they can cause is not only due to the emotional stress of dealing with parasites, but also the skin irritation of their bites and the potential for secondary infection from constant scratching.
It isn’t always easy to identify bed bugs or know there’s a problem. They remain hidden in tiny cracks and crevices during the daytime. Often the first sign of bed bugs is bites that appear on your body after you wake up.
How To Get Rid of Bed Bugs
Once a problem is discovered, most people just want to know how to eliminate them. Thankfully there are steps you can take, prior to professional treatment, to manage the level of infestation.
High levels of hygiene, deep cleaning and the use of DIY bed bug spray products will help to kill some bed bugs. However professional treatment is often needed to successfully treat an infestation as it can be hard to get rid of bed bugs on your own.
DIY solutions are not usually powerful enough to eradicate the presence of bed bugs. They have built up resilience to many types of conventional pesticides, making even professional treatment difficult.
Professional Bed Bug Service
Ecopoise offers a range of solutions to get rid of bed bugs and to help prevent re-infestations.
Our innovative range of treatment options treat bed bugs in your home or business. Entotherm heat treatment aims to eliminate an infestation quickly and safely. A range of other solutions are also available.
Early detection is vital. Once established, they can spread quickly, requiring more timely and powerful control measures.
It’s wise to begin your search for bed bugs around your bed area, looking for common signs of bed bugs, like small blood droplets on bed-sheets.
Common Signs of Bed Bugs
Dark/black stains - on the mattress and surrounding area from bed bug excreta.
Sweet scent - An unpleasant, sweet, sickly scent.
Small dark spots - Small dark blood spots on bedding known as 'faecal pellets'.
Live insects - despite being small (adult are only 4-5mm long) it’s possible to spot live bed bugs and shed skins.
Locating Bed Bugs
Although your bed is the first place to check, bed bugs can also hide in furniture and furnishings including:
bed frames and headboard crevices
carpets and underlay
between timber floorboards
in cracked or broken plaster, behind peeling wallpaper
inside electrical sockets and fittings
drawers and cupboards
Bed bugs are usually found in bedrooms and sleeping areas because they need easy access to a bloodmeal at night. They are also attracted to bodyheat and carbon dioxide from our breath.
How do you get bed bugs?
To get a bed bug infestation, you will need to have come into direct contact with them. It’s also worth noting that they don’t distinguish between clean and dirty homes!
Bed bugs are usually brought into a home carried on clothing, or in luggage or furniture. This is usually as a result of staying in infested accommodation.