Bed Bugs Control
BedBugs occur worldwide and are most commonly found nearby sleeping areas.
Bed Bugs are wingless insects, roughly oval in shape, 4-5mm long when fully grown, and are fast runners. They are rust brown in colour and change to a deeper red-brown following a blood meal.
They are blood-sucking insects that require blood for nutrition and development.
Bed Bugs do not live on people nor do they burrow into the skin.
Being a cryptic species, bed bugs shelter in a variety of dark locations, mostly close to where people sleep. These include under mattresses, floorboards, paintings and carpets, behind skirting, in various cracks and crevices of walls, within bed frames and other furniture, and behind loose wallpaper. Bed Bugs tend to stay in close contact with each other and heavy infestations are accompanied by a distinctive sweet sickly smell. Blood spotting on mattresses and nearby furnishings is often a tell-tale sign of infestation.
The cryptic nature of bed bugs and their ability to hide in small spaces means they will be protected from pesticides unless applied thoroughly and correctly.
Bed Bugs are one of the great travellers of the world and are readily transported via luggage, clothing, bedding and furniture. As such, they have a worldwide distribution.
Treatment and Recommendations Pre-Treatment Recommendations
- DO Remove all linen, clothing and place in plastic bags. Wash in hot water
Post Treatment Recommendations
- DO NOT use the room once Bed Bug infestation has been detected
- DO NOT remove any furniture from the room as all furniture will require treatment
- DO Recommend rooms treated are taken out of service for a minimum of 7-10 days
- Deny pests food, water and shelter by following good cleaning, sanitation and housekeeping practices.
- Minimise the risk of pests entering the premises by pest proofing the building.
- Improved hygiene and sanitation practices to ensure items such as second-hand furniture, luggage, clothing, etc, are checked prior to putting them into rooms.