Got red, raised marks in lines or clusters on your body? Are they in areas that are most exposed such as your arms, hands and neck? These observations can only point to one thing—bed bugs. However, you shouldn’t have to wait until spotting bed bug bites to know that these blood-sucking insects are living off you and your family.
Signs of bed bugs at home also includes bed bug skins or shells, which are shed as the insect grows larger in size. In addition, tiny blood stains on your sheets or clothing is another sign that you have bed bugs. There might also be very small fecal matter on your sheets and mattress. These range in colour from dark brown to deep black.
The first thing that might come to mind is purchasing products to kill bed bugs. But it is not enough to buy a can of bed bug spray when the need arises. It is important to take preventive measures for long-term protection against these pests.
Here are the ways you can get rid of bed bugs:
Examine and Encase Mattresses
Inspect your mattress regularly for any strange stains. It is also highly recommended to encase your mattress and spring box in a plastic cover. There are quite a few covers out in the market now that have been especially designed to ward off bed bugs. And if possible, do not buy or use secondhand mattresses to lower the risk of infestation.
Apply Heat When Washing Fabrics and Linens
Beddings should be washed on a regular basis, preferably once a week, with hot water. This will wipe away bed bugs and their eggs, which is even harder to detect. The same goes for your clothes, curtains and carpets.
Check Your Things Right After Traveling
As soon as you get home from your trip, make it a habit to go through your personal belongings as soon as possible. Put all your clothes—soiled or clean—in the laundry and wash them right away. If you suspect bed bugs hiding in your stuff, be mindful of moving them around as they can spread quickly to various areas of your house.
Exercise Caution In Using Insecticides
Take extra care when using pesticides, particularly when targeting indoor areas. Read the safety labels and follow instructions at all times. Also, always remember to keep children and pets away from insecticides. In addition, refrain from using these bed bug treatment products on cribs and toys. If you need assistance in selecting pesticides, talk to the expert Sydney pest control team – Masters Pest Control Sydney today