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How To Get Rid Of Bed Bugs

Termi home & commercial January 10, 2024 · 10 min read
Bed Bug

Bed bugs can become a problem in any home or business and are difficult to get rid of due to their ability to reproduce quickly and avoid detection. Ultimately, the most effective way to get rid of bed bugs is to call a professional pest technician.

Read our guide below for background information and practical advice on how to get rid of beg bugs with professional help and by making your environment less attractive to them.

Why Have a Professional Bed Bug Treatment?

Your best bet for getting rid of bed bugs is to leave it to the experts. A qualified pest control professional can determine the extent of the infestation and then use registered treatments to kill the bed bugs. Repeat visits may be necessary to ensure all bed bugs at various stages of the lifecycle have been eradicated.

Professional pest controllers are trained in bed bug biology and breeding habits. They know what type of treatment works on bed bugs.

Professional bed bug treatments will:

  • Reduce the risk of having a major infestation and will manage the bed bug problem over time.
  • Will keep ant breeding to a minimum through regular services – you do not have to see bed bugs to have a problem.
  • Be far more effective as the treatments specifically target bed bugs.

What are Bed Bugs?

Bed bugs are small parasites that infest hotels, hostels and houses and are commonly found in beds and mattresses.

Bed bugs live exclusively on blood. They prefer human blood but will feed on other mammals if necessary. They are attracted to body heat and the carbon dioxide in expired air, which is how they find their host.

How do Bed Bugs Get into a Home?

They can come into your home through suitcases, luggage, clothing, used mattresses or items such as used furniture.

The specific areas favoured by bed bugs include:

  • Mattresses, particularly along the seams
  • Bedding such as sheets and blankets
  • Carpet

How do Bed Bugs Bite?

Bed bugs have highly developed mouthparts and they bite by piercing the skin to source blood. They remove blood through their long proboscis. They can bite on any exposed part of the body.

Although some people do not react to their bites, for most of us the bites can become itchy and swell into reddened weals.

Bed bugs are generally the most active at night and usually bite people while they are sleeping. They can bite during the day if they have not fed for some time.

Treatments for Bed Bug Bites

Suggestions to treat bed bug bites include:

  • Resist the urge to scratch
  • Use calamine lotion or anaesthetic creams to treat the itching
  • Wash the bites with antiseptic soap to reduce the risk of infection
  • Apply an icepack frequently to help relieve swelling
  • Take pain-relieving medication if symptoms are severe

 

See your doctor if the bite symptoms persist or you develop an infection.

Recognising a Bed Bug Infestation

If you suspect a bed bug infestation, remove all bedding, mattresses, pillows and bed linen and check it carefully for signs of the bugs. It is also important to check the area around the bed, including inside books, telephones, radios, the edge of the carpet, and even in electrical outlets.

Bed bugs themselves are often hard to see due to their size, so you should look for:

  • Small bloodstains from crushed bugs on sheets or mattresses
  • Rusty or dark spots of bug excrement on mattresses, bedding or walls
  • An offensive, sweet but musty odour from their scent glands, which may be detected when infestations are severe

Controlling a Bed Bug Infestation

While we highly recommend getting professional treatment when seeking out how to get rid of bed bugs, here are some tips to help you control a bed bug infestation and make your environment less attractive to them.

  1. Clean bedding, bed linens, curtains, and clothing in hot water and dry them on the highest dryer setting. Place stuffed animals, shoes, and other items that can’t be washed in the dryer and run on high for 30 minutes.
  2. Use a stiff brush to scrub mattress seams to remove bed bugs and their eggs before vacuuming.
  3. Vacuum your bed and surrounding area frequently. After vacuuming, immediately place the vacuum cleaner bag in a plastic bag and discard it in a bin outdoors.
  4. Get rid of clutter around the bed.
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