Night… Don’t let the bedbugs bite
Do you want bedbugs in your home?
Bedbugs are one of the pests that you want to stay away from your home or property. They will want to take over your home and especially your bed. Bedbugs are very good pests to be able to hide away very easily. When you are sleeping this is when bedbugs like to come out and feed on you as you will not notice.
What do bedbugs look like?
Bedbugs have small oval shaped bodies which are very flat. They have no wings so they are bugs that are unable to fly. Whereas adults do have the vestiges of wings which are called wing pads. But they do not develop into functional wings. The adult bedbugs are brown but once they start to feed they start to turn a reddish colour.
What do bedbugs eat?
Bedbugs absolutely love to eat human blood, but they are mainly known to feed on animals like bats. Whereas bedbugs will eat literally anything that has blood inside of them.
Can bedbugs travel with you?
Bedbugs do not like heat, therefore they do not stay in your hair or on your skin. On the other hand bedbugs are most likely to travel in backpacks, luggage, shoes or other items. When you are travelling always be aware to cage for the common signs of bedbugs (which are below). If you have been on a recent trip make sure to wash your clothes are luggage at a high temperature.
Common signs of Bedbugs:
- Blood stains or pillows or sheets
- Dark spots of bedbug excrement on mattress/sheets/bed
- Musty odor from the bugs scent glands
- Bedbug fecal spots, egg shells, or shed skin
How long do bedbugs live off the body?
Every single bedbug takes 10 days to hatch, and then another 5-6 weeks for the offspring to turn into an adult. Bedbugs are able to survive 2-3 months without a blood meal. So imagine how long they can live whilst living off your body!
How to get rid of Bedbugs?
- Clean bedding
- Clean linens and curtains
- Wash clothes in hot temperature
- Use a brush to scrub mattress
- Hoover up your bed frequently
- Repair cracks in plaster
- Get rid of clutter in the property
If you believe that you have bedbugs in your house, it is very important that you should call a professional pest control company as soon as possible.