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.
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.
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.
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.
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
While you await a professional exterminator to perform a full bed bug treatment of your home, you can prepare a few things before they come over. At Masters Pest Control Sydney, we suggest starting off by cleaning the areas of your bedroom. Use a vacuum to clear up baseboards, bed stands, headboards, mattresses, pillowcases, carpets and rugs.
Next, move to your living room and other areas where upholstery such as couches, chaises and ottomans can be found. Bed bugs also love to nestle in soft furnishings such as throw pillows and curtains. After meticulously vacuuming every nook and cranny, make sure to scrub surfaces with a hard brush to get rid of eggs.
As for bed linens and clothes that have been infested, throw them in the washing machine immediately. Take note that these should be laundered in hot water to kill bed bugs that might still be clinging to the fabric. Alternatively, you can heat bedding and garments for a couple of minutes in a tumble dryer.
One way to do this is reducing clutter as much as you can. Gather all personal belongings and take them out. This can be anything from gadgets and devices, books and accessories, as well as stuffed toys. Be careful when packing up these items though. Make sure to seal them off to reduce the possibility of bed bugs traveling to other rooms in your house.
To further expose the secret places bed bugs thrive, pull out drawers from desks and dressers. And when we say pull them out, we mean remove them completely. You should also disassemble bed frames. Lastly, make sure all your furniture is moved away and is not touching the walls. For additional tips, call us on 02 8007 4666 anytime.
If you’ve gone to bed perfectly fine and woke up the next day with red, itchy bite marks, chances are you’ve been bitten by bed bugs. As they are nocturnal, they are highly active at night, feeding on human blood. Turn to us for bed bug control services today. We meticulously search for them in all your beddings and adjacent furniture, as well as behind baseboards.
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