The thought of getting into bed at night, curling up in your duvet and then realising you’re not alone but rather you are being accompanied by a number of bed bugs which make their home inside your mattress, pillows and bedding and thrive from your dead skin cells isn’t always the most pleasant thought! Boldstreet Beds decided to answer some of the common questions concerning bed bugs.
Are bed bugs a sign of dirty living conditions or living in older homes?
Infestations of bed bugs are actually quite common; Cimex lectularius L as they are known by their Latin name are not directly related to sanitation levels. Even the cleanest of areas can have infestations of bed bugs in them and so improving sanitation as a single factor will not eliminate an established bed bug population sadly.
If you have a lot of clutters around you then clean this up because in actual fact it is this clutter where they can hide away but still be close to you – their blood meal hosts! If there is a bed bug brought into your home then you are at risk of a bed bug infestation no matter how clean you are or how old your home or building is.
When a bed bug bites can you get anything serious from this or are there any physical or psychological effects caused by them?
When scientists carried out research into naturally occurring infestations of common bed bugs they had around 28 different kinds of human pathogens in their bodies. What is interesting is that studies by entomologists and medical doctors have never shown that the bed bugs could transmit and infect any of these pathogens to humans or animals.
A bed bug feeds by injecting saliva into its blood-meal host and it is this saliva which contains proteins which cause an allergic response from the majority of hosts and the reaction will be dependent upon the person’s immune response to the allergens and it is this which differs from one person to another.
At the bite there will be local reddening, minor swelling, inflammation and itching which cause them difficulties when trying to sleep. The more bed bugs are present the worse the bites will be because of the amount of them and you need to tend to a problem with bed bugs sooner rather than later as bed bugs reproduce rather rapidly.
How can I get rid of bed bugs either by killing them or removing them?
Common bed bugs are small in size, thin and can hide very deep in narrow places. They come alive and are most active at night and can travel around a 20 foot radius from their hiding position and then back in order to take a blood meal. Bed bugs are exceptionally clever in that under observation they have been seen to avoid chemical deposits from cleaning agents and are adaptable in that they can live longer than a year without feeding.
Over the years bed bugs have developed physiological resistance to specific chemical insecticides in the past making products ineffective. In the home what you need to do is remove all clutter, wash and dry your bed linens often using the hottest temperature allowed for the fabric without causing it to shrink. Next you need to closely inspect any second hand furniture for bed bugs before you bring it into your residence, inspect your residence regularly when say you have been away, had guests in the home, had guests stay or if you have just moved in.
What can I do if I have a bed bug infestation?
What you need to do is notify your local pest control provider and call them into your home. They will easily be able to identify whether or not you do have an infestation and then take the appropriate action to eradicate these.
How long have you had your mattress? If it is longer than seven years and you think you have a bed bug infestation then after calling in the expert’s maybe you should get yourself a new mattress.