Bedbugs feed on blood. These 3/8th of an inch-long vampire like insects are quiet and discreet. The bites are not felt, but the marks left behind are small red, swollen bumps, that are itchy and welt like. The bed bug population has increased drastically in the last few years. This increase has been attributed to the rise in international travel as bed bugs can easily hid in clothing or luggage and take a trip back home with the traveler upon their departure. The increase in population has also been attributed to by a built-up resistance to once effective insecticides and treatments.
Bedbug removal includes a thorough inspection, evaluation of the infestation, and then finally the most appropriate treatment. It's a job best left to a pest control professional. Treatment to rid a home of bed bugs is labor intensive. It can take several hours and may require several visits, depending upon the severity of the problem.
To reduce your risk of introducing bed bugs into your home follow these tips below:
One man's trash is another man's source of a bedbug infestation. Avoid picking up furniture or other belongings that are sitting on the curb for trash pickup. Yes, that armchair or kitchen table may look like it's clean and in good condition, but it could have a very dirty secret hiding in its crevices. You could very easily be loading a family of bedbugs into your car along with that sidewalk find. If you do feel the need to take an item from the curb try not to load it into your car, use an open bed truck. The last thing you need is a bed bug party in your car's upholstery. If the item is small enough, or you have to put it inside of your vehicle, try to tightly wrap it in a trash bag or plastic. Once you get the item home, be sure to scrub it down with cleaning chemicals and thoroughly vacuum any crevices and cracks. Only after detailed cleaning of the item should it be brought into the home, and even then, you may still be taking a chance.
Garage sales & 2nd Hand - No don't get me wrong, there is nothing wrong at all with buying items from yard sales, garage sales, thrift stores and the like, but buyer beware. Now it's not so much a problem at the thrift stores because most have regulations and methods by which the treat the clothing and items before offering them for sale, but there are no safeguards when you're buying a 50 cent teddy bear from the neighbor next door. Be sure to thoroughly clean, vacuum, and treat any items purchased 2nd hand.
Be an alert traveler. Even some of the finest hotels can have a case of bedbugs so it's up to the guest to make sure they're not inviting bedbugs to join their vacation.
The first thing a hotel guest wants to do, before doing anything at else, including setting down on the bed, is to put your luggage in the bathroom. It may sound silly, but according to the National Pest Management Association the bathroom is the place where bedbugs are least likely to be found because of the tile floors and the lack of hiding places. They are much more likely to be found near the sleeping area and beds.
Secondly, once your luggage is safely stored in the bathroom, pull back the bed sheets and linens to expose the mattress. It's time to look for these little critters. The mattress needs to be checked all the way around and underneath. Also, be sure to check behind the headboard. Full grown bedbugs are about the size and shape of an apple seed. They like to hang out in the corners and seams of the mattresses. You may see them moving about as you examine the mattress. Even if you don't see the bugs themselves, inspect the bed and be sure to look for blood stains or small black dots that look like black pepper or mold. The black specks are bedbug poop and the red stains are evidence of their feeding on other hotel guests.
After checking the bed, search the area around the bed. Most bed bugs are found within 15 feet of the bed. This means examine behind picture frames, telephones, alarm clocks, books, in closets, in furniture, and on cushions and seams etc.
Keep your luggage off of the floor and beds. Even if your room does not have bed bugs, one of the neighboring rooms might, and bed bugs have no problem popping in to pay you a visit. It is highly recommended that bags be kept on top of the desk, dresser, or luggage rack in the room. Do not leave clothing lying out.
If signs of bed bugs are found report the problem to the hotel management immediately. Any sign or evidence of bed bugs should be enough to warrant a room change, and the hotel staff should be more than willing to accommodate, if not, the local news might be interested to hear what's going on at the hotel. When requesting a new room, ask for one that is at least 2 floors away from the original room. Bedbugs can travel through the holes in wallboards and electrical sockets.
Once your trip is over and you've returned home, immediately wash all clothing, even items that were not worn, in HOT water. Bedbugs die in temperatures above 122 degrees Fahrenheit. Washing your clothes in scalding water will fight the chance of the bedbugs relocating to your dresser drawers and closet. For those items that cannot be washed in hot water, dry cleaning will work too. Inspect your suitcase and vacuum it out. Watch out for signs after returning home. If you notice small red, swollen, itchy, welt like bumps, you could very well have brought bed bugs back home with you.
Call a professional bedbug exterminator. Unfortunately, bedbugs are not a do it yourself kind of pest problem. It takes professional pest control services like GC PEST CONTROL to accurately inspect, evaluate, and treat bed bug infestations.
Once you know you have bed bugs you need to call a bedbug exterminator immediately. Then follow these tips below to ensure that you do not spread the infestation before treatment:
Do not remove any belongings from the home during or before treatment. It's very easy to spread the bed bug infestation to other homes and apartments when you move belongings or furniture which may already contain bedbugs. Plus, once you have your home treated and cleaned, upon moving the items back into the home you'll be reintroducing the very bugs you spent so much time and money to get rid of.
Empty the drawers in dressers and night stands. All loose items in the bedroom or other rooms need to be treated. To reduce the number of places bed bugs, have to hide, round-up and double bag all loose items and clothing. Clothing that may be infested should be double bagged and treated as well. Dry cleaning, washing in water hotter than 122-degree Fahrenheit, or tumble drying on high heat for at least 30 minutes are all ways to treat clothing.
We know it sucks, but you have to. Vacuum, vacuum, and vacuum some more. All furniture including couches, chairs, recliners, sofas, cushions, etc. need to be thoroughly vacuumed. After vacuuming, the bag inside the vacuum, or its contents if the vacuum is bagless, need to be put into 2 trash bags, or double bagged, tied up tightly and discarded in an outdoor dumpster immediately to avoid the bed bugs escaping from the vacuum and returning to the home.
Bed bugs infest homes rich or poor across all Australia.
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