Although bedbugs aren’t known to spread disease, they can cause other public health and economic issues. About the size of an apple seed, bedbugs hide in the cracks and crevices of beds, box springs, headboards, bed frames and any other objects around a bed.
Signs of bedbugs include:
•bites – often on areas exposed while sleeping like the face, neck and arms
•spots of blood on your bedding – from the bites or from squashing a bedbug
•small brown spots on bedding or furniture (bedbug poo)
How you can treat bedbug bites
Bedbug bites usually clear up on their own in a week or so.
Things you can do include:
•putting something cool, like a clean, damp cloth on the affected area to help with the itching and any swelling
•keeping the affected area clean
•not scratching the bites to avoid getting an infection.
How to get rid of bedbugs
•Pest control service – it’s unlikely you’ll be able to get rid of bedbugs yourself because they can be resistant to some insecticides
•wash affected bedding and clothing – use a hot wash (60C) or tumble dry on a hot setting for at least 30 minutes
•put affected clothing and bedding in a plastic bag and put it in the freezer (-16C) for 4 days (alternative to hot washing)
•clean and vacuum regularly – bedbugs are found in both clean and dirty places, but regular cleaning will help you spot them early.
•do not keep clutter around your bed
•do not bring second hand furniture indoors without carefully checking it first
•do not take luggage or clothing indoors without checking it carefully if you’ve come from somewhere where you know there were bedbugs.
Bed bugs are highly transferable so please be aware if you suspect you may have an infestation please do not come into the office to report the problem, call our repair line on 02083198870.
Also try and restrict your movement from property to property as to avoid new infestations.