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Bed Bugs in Australia
According to ABC News Australia, the bed bugs population has increased by 5000 percent since the early 2000s. According to the same report, one of the reasons is dirty laundry and shared living compartments.
The truth is, bed bugs don’t carry diseases. However, they are an annoyance and their bite can be extremely painful and may cause allergic reactions. While these pesky critters cannot fly, they spread by hitching a ride on your clothes and bag.
One of the characteristics of these pesky parasites is that they are silent attackers. This means that you won’t know of their presence until there is a full-blown infestation. But there are strategies that can be used to prevent them from invading your home (and possibly your furnishings).
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Identifying bed bugs
Bed bugs are silent attackers. They lurk around the corners of your bed in the darkest hours of the night. Have you ever woken up with odd markings on your body, specifically the arms?
There are small, red bumps that cannot be explained. Most individuals chalk it up to an allergic reaction of some kind but the truth is, there’s more to the problem than meets the eye.
Unless spotted, bed bugs can get away without being noticed. That’s why they’re known to be one of a kind amongst pests. Unlike termites and cockroaches, which can be spotted almost immediately, bed bugs can go undetected. Most of the time, individuals believe they are encountering skin issues rather than suspect a bug infestation.
Signs of a bed bug infestation
What are the signs of a bed bug infestation? Here are a few signs to look out for:
- Blood stains on the bed sheets, clothes and pillows
- Feces of bed bugs on the mattress or bed sheets (these are dark brown in colour)
- A foul odour emitting from your bed
- Small, sesame seed-sized critters hiding in the fabric of your clothes or bed sheets
Where do bed bugs hide?
Bed bugs are also known as ”˜travel bugs’ because they sneak into luggage and clothes without being detected. Since they have flat bodies, they’re able to easily hide in tiny spaces, without being caught.
Unlike other pests like ants and wasps, they don’t have nests. Instead they breed in mattresses and headboards. After breeding, they change their location, moving to other small spaces and crevices.
There is a common misconception that infestations are a result personal hygiene and sanitation issues. Bed bugs, like head lice, do not have a preference for cleanliness. They are only concerned with human blood. Therefore, they often hide in places (like beds and pillows) that help them gain access to human beings.
When do bed bugs bite?
Ever heard of the phrase, “Goodnight, sleep tight and don’t let the bed bugs bite”? This is because bed bugs have a penchant for biting during the middle of the night. They often attack when their victim is fast asleep.
Since most people often blame mosquitoes and skin conditions like eczema, it can be tricky identifying bed bugs.
Health problems caused by bed bugs
Bed bug bites can be distressing for many individuals. Knowing that your body may be bitten as you sleep can be extremely disturbing. Although they are not known to carry disease, their bites and the subsequent itching can lead to infections. Some people may also suffer an allergic reaction to the bugs. In some cases, the bite is invisible; however, often bite marks can be seen. People might experience redness and swelling as well. Bites can be extremely itchy, making these pests particularly pesky. Welts often develop a few days after bites occur. NSW Health has an information sheet available about bed bugs.
Getting rid of bed bugs
One of the first steps to take is throwing away your bed sheets and pillow cases or cleaning them thoroughly. It’s because these critters nest in fabrics. Cleaning them is one of the first steps to take.
Secondly, a pest control service can help identify infested areas. Since pest control services hire experts who are equipped with the knowledge of where these critters hide, they can help remove them in an efficient and effective manner.
Furthermore, a professional knows the behavioural pattern of bed bugs and have the tools to inspect hard-to-reach areas. They also have the right products to remove pests without damaging furnishings and the environment. (Related: How to get rid of bed bugs)
Masters Pest Control Sydney is one such service. With a team of experts who have decades of experience, we are able to identify areas where bed bugs reside. We use effective tools and products to get rid of the critters without any hassles. The products we use for treatments are child and pet-friendly.
We are licensed pest and building professionals and members of the Australian Environmental Pest Managers Association. We provide a comprehensive list of Sydney pest control bed bugs services for residential and commercial premises.
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Follow-up Pest Treatment
To ensure that you get a lasting solution to a pest problem, there may be cases wherein a follow-up service is required. Pest control experts can assess a pest control problem and provide the right solution. We will throughly inspect your property and provide you the best advice.
Have an expert answer your bed bug pest control question
If you still struggle with bed bugs or if you want a complete bed bug pest solution that involves not only protecting your family from bed bugs, but also other pests such as rats, termites and cockroaches, contact professional Sydney pest control services. We offer our services all over Sydney including suburbs Blacktown, Redfern, and Greystanes.