A more established infestation is associated with dark or black staining of the mattress from bed bug excreta. An established infestation will also be associated with an unpleasant scent secreted by bed bugs.
||Identifying Bedbug Bites
It is difficult to identify bed bugs from their bite because our bodies react very differently to them.
It is more important to look at the overall pattern and timing of bites and other factors to identify whether bites are caused by bed bugs.
Bed bug Bites
Bedbug bites are unlikely to wake the victim. They can occur anywhere on the body but are often close to blood vessels near the skin.
A single bed bug may bite more than once around the same area. However, bites in different parts of the body indicate being bitten by several bed bugs.
Early in a bed bug infestation, the victim may not yet be sensitized to the bites and they may not feel itchy. However, small droplets of blood on the sheets will indicate the presence of bed bugs.
Sources of Bedbug Infestations
Bedbugs usually enter a property by being carried on clothing or inside furniture. The most common source of bedbugs is to stay at a hotel with an infestation. Bedbugs or their eggs get into clothing or suitcases and are then transported home.
If there are any signs of bedbugs when staying at a hotel, particularly being bitten when sleeping or seeing blood spots on sheets, take great care in bringing your personal belongings home. Consult with hotel management to assess the risk - it may be necessary to launder, fumigate or treat clothes to ensure they are safe. The same applies in transferring furniture – pestoman can treat furniture for bedbugs before bringing it into your home if there may be a risk.
Take care not to spread Bedbugs
If your home has a bedbug infestation, please do not risk spreading it by taking clothes, suitcases or furniture to hotels or the homes of your friends and families.Bedbugs can also migrate to adjoining properties through wall or floor cavities. If your home has bedbugs and you live in a flat or are joined to another property, please be considerate to your neighbors and act promptly.
Treating Bed Bug Infestations
Bed bugs are an objectionable pest and one of the most difficult to eradicate. High levels of hygiene, deep cleaning and the use of amateur insecticides will help to keep bedbug numbers under control, however professional treatment will be required to eradicate the infestation.
Pestoman offers a call-out service to deal with bedbugs and other pest problems in the home. Our service is fast, effective and offers the highest level of safety for your family and pets. If you are concerned that you may have a bedbug problem and would like to arrange a visit from a Pestoman technician, call us on 09705041508 or 040 – 655 55 825.