Known as the 'Travelling Pest', here we go through- How to reduce the risk of bed bugs.
It is not until you have been bitten that you suddenly want to reduce the risk of bed bugs in your home.
Infestation happens in four stages: Introduction - Settling - Growth - Spreading
It is important to note that Bed Bugs have no reflection to someone's hygiene whether that is personal hygiene or their living environment.
Bed Bug Introduction Stage
The two main ways Bed Bugs are brought into your home is through travelling or purchasing 2nd hand bedding or furniture.
Travelling - The danger is staying in short term accommodation that sees a high level of turnover. If you leave your clothes or luggage on the floor the bed bugs are quite happy hitchhikers . Bed Bugs can climb over and into these items and are then transported to the next location and eventually home.
Pre-Loved Furniture - Mattress, bed frames, lounges and other fabric furniture when being purchased used are the most common way people inherit Bed Bugs.
What To Do:
When travelling try and keep your luggage off the floor. Don't throw worn clothes onto fabric furniture, floor or bedding. Where possible lift the mattress away from the bed head and bed frame and inspect for evidence of Bed Bugs. Second (2nd) Hand Furniture should not be brought into the home until it has been thoroughly inspected. If you are buying a second hand mattress a bed bug proof mattress protector can be purchase to trap the biting insects in the mattress and eventually starve them. Buglock mattress protectors don't allow bed bugs out so they eventually die.
Bed Bug Settling Stage
The bed bugs start looking for a suitable food source Once they have been bought into the home. The common areas Bed Bugs will settle in are lounges and bedding (Bed head, frame, mattress, ensemble). Bed Bugs will not travel far from a food source (sleeping person).
What To Do: Reduce the risk of bed bugs
Keep a vigil for signs of Bed Bugs when cleaning bedrooms. By making a Bed Bug check part of your normal cleaning regime it will be easier to notice any changes. Keep an eye out for Bed Bug Skins/Shells. Dark brown or black spots on corners of the bedding frame and linen which is Bed Bug Fecal Spots. Lastly look for tiny dots of blood stains on sheets. After the Bed Bug feeds it may leave a bubble of blood on your skin which will be smeared onto the sheets while you move about in your sleep.
Bed Bug Growth Stage
The food source is important not only for survival but for breeding. The bed bug lays its eggs close to the host. So when the eggs hatch and old enough, they can easily get their first feed and begin maturing into the next stage of the life cycle. It takes roughly 5 weeks to go from an egg through the growth stages to be an adult. Bed Bug Eggs are tiny. Adults are up to 5mm to About the size of a pin head and are white in colour. Fertilisation of the eggs is brutal on the female with the male piercing her abdomen and then injecting his sperm through the wound!
What To Do:Reduce the risk of bed bugs
Newly hatched Bed Bugs will need to feed on a blood meal with 3 days of hatching. So the female will be laying her eggs close to an active host. Like all stages on this page, if you find eggs around your bedding the best way to get rid of them is to employ the services of a Pest Control Professional for a bed bug treatment. A code of practice must be followed when treating bed bugs . For the hospitality industry the affected rooms must be closed down until the bed bugs are gone which becomes a costly exercise.
Bed Bug Spreading Stage
Bed Bugs can look for another food source . Although being able to go without feeding for over 12 months, Bed Bugs can either lay dormant in the hope for a new host or travel looking for a new one. Bed Bugs do not generally travel far from people’s sleeping and lounging areas. When the bed bug is looking for another food source they can travel up to 100 feet per night. So the bed bug will travel to find more food sources . They are also notorious for burrowing and squeezing themselves into the smallest spaces.
If you have bed bugs and want them treated or have questions regarding Bed Bugs. Give Vicki or Lauren a call and they will be happy to answer any questions or book in a treatment for you. Ph- 07 32008586
We treat bed bugs in Brisbane , Gold Coast , Ipswich and Logan