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Bedbugs are tiny critters, but they will make your life miserable when they invade your home. Understanding their life-cycle and their behaviour plays a major role in evicting them from your home successfully. There are many myths that surround these pests. One of them is that they hop, fly or jump. But contrary to popular belief, these pests crawl – in mattresses and beddings in the bedroom, sofas in the lounge area, and basically all areas of a home.
Bedbugs appear reddish/ brownish in colour, and an adult can reach about 5 mm in size. Watch the video to see an actual adult bedbug recorded at a customer’s house. See how big they can become and how fast they can crawl.
Signs of Infestation
Aside from knowing how they look like, it is also important to know the signs of bedbug home invasion. In the bedroom, for example, you will know the presence of bedbugs as they can be seen hovering around the pleats of the mattress.
Bedbugs can be usually seen crawling out during the early morning hours to feed; you can see them in mattresses and sheets. Another tell-tale sign of bedbug infestation is when you see blood spots in the bed sheets – a sign that the bed occupant that has been bitten by the bugs.
A person bitten by a bedbug will not feel anything at first, but will soon see that the bite area will become swollen and itchy. This is because the saliva injected by bedbugs whilst feeding can trigger irritation in many people.
How to Get Rid of Bedbugs
Getting rid of bedbugs involves intense treatment, not just simple spraying. Here are some of the things that professional exterminators focus on when treating bedbug infestation:
- Spraying the pleats around the mattress as well as all the frames of the bed
- Taking out the drawers in the bedroom and spraying these
- Removing clothes from cupboards and spraying all frames in there
- Washing the bed sheets and clothing, and drying them preferably in a dryer in high heat
It is important to remember that doing a little spray is useless because it will not work in eliminating bedbugs from the home. All parts of an infested area need to be treated, including all cracks and crevices.
Bedbugs usually invade the bedroom because that’s where the beds are. However, they are also known to invade the lounge area, and basically all parts of a home. In the video, our Best 1 Cleaning techs had to treat all parts of the customer’s home.
The treatment for bedbugs needs to be intense and thorough because bedbugs are not like cockroaches that you can just flush out. To ensure all bedbugs are gone, it is vital that the treatment is done correctly.
If you need more information about the control and management of bedbugs and other types of pests, contact Best 1 Cleaning at 1800 187 561.