Bedbugs are small insects that live on the blood of animals or humans. Bedbugs do not fly, but they can move quickly over floors, walls, and ceilings. Female bedbugs may lay hundreds of eggs, each of which is about the size of a speck of dust, over a lifetime. Bedbugs may enter your home undetected through luggage, clothing, used beds and couches, and other items. Their flattened bodies make it possible for them to fit into tiny spaces. Bedbugs do not have nests like ants or bees, but tend to live in groups in hiding places. They are usually found around the bed where they have a ready source of food as the user settles to sleep. Bedbugs can, however, migrate to other parts of the room. Their initial hiding places are typically in mattresses, box springs, bed frames, and headboards where they have easy access to people to bite in the night.
Prevention Tips for Bed Bugs
- Always carefully inspect antiques and any second-hand furniture before bringing them into your home.
- Always wash and dry on high heat any second hand clothing or, when possible toys or other items before bringing them into your home.
- When travelling, inspect the mattress and box spring you will be sleeping on. In addition to looking for the actual bed bugs, look for small brownish or reddish dots on the bed linens and mattresses. This is why most hotels use white sheets, if the hotels sheets are dark in color, this could be a red flag.
- When travelling, do not put your luggage on the bed, this gives bed bugs a ride right into your. Use the metal luggage rack, which should also be kept away from not only the bed, but also the curtains, tables and wall hangings in the rooms. Don’t forget to inspect your luggage when you return from trips before you bring them back into your home.
- Vacuum at least once a week, pay special attention to areas around beds and furniture posts.
- Treatment of infested area with liquid chemicals. Treatment of baseboard crevices, closets, wood panelling and other places that harbour bed bugs.
- The drawers in tables and cupboards would be removed and examined for effective bed bug control.
- If bed heads are attached to the wall, they would be removed after consulting the customer.
- The bed frame, bed head and bedside furniture should be checked in details for effective bed bug control.