Bed bugs are almost like vampires in the pest world. They are nocturnal parasites meaning they rest during the day and are active during the night with a diet consisting of blood, with a preference for human blood.
Infestations can be quite severe as they are most commonly found in and around a persons bed, clothing, luggage, lounge suites and between cracks of buildings and flooring to name a few hiding spots.
The bites from bedbugs can cause some of the following symptoms,
- Large welts
- Reddening of the skin
- Localised swelling
- Formation of blisters
- Small loss of skin tissue in some cases.
Treatment for bedbugs more often than not can be complex due to the nature of them, requiring the co-operation of the clients with the pest control technician.
There are some things you can do to avoid a bed bug infestation,
- Avoiding using second-hand mattresses
- Regularly checking your bed for bed bugs
- Keeping your bedroom tidy to minimise hiding spots
- Be vigilant when using shared laundry facilities
- Vacuum frequently to remove any successful hitchhikers
- When travelling, inspect the bed and room you are staying in and report to management if evidence is found