What are Bedbugs?
Bedbugs are small, oval, and brown in colour and are about the size of an apple seed. They live off the blood of animals and humans and after feeding their tiny bodies swell and take on a reddish colour. Female bedbugs lay hundreds of microscopic eggs over their lifetime and often choose mattresses, box springs, bedframes, and headboards as their hiding places of choice.
If you think bedbugs are only attracted to dirty and unkempt locations think again! Bedbugs are resilient little creatures who are not discerning about the areas they decide to inhabit. Latching on to belongings and luggage that enter your household, bedbugs can quickly find a crack or crevice to call home. These elusive bugs can exist unnoticed for long periods of time as they breed and multiply unsuspectingly.
Bedbugs are nocturnal and are extremely resilient with the ability to live for up to a year without feeding all the while withstanding freezing and scorching temperatures. Because of their tiny bodies and hardy survival ability they are extremely difficult to terminate often requiring services of a professional pest control business to completely eradicate them.
Bedbugs do not pose any serious health risks and their bites, which pierce the skin with an elongated beak, are actually painless. It is only several hours after the initial bites that itchy welts begin to form. Bedbugs will feed on any exposed skin so itchy rashes all over the body that can last for days are common.
How can I check for Bedbugs?
You can detect bedbugs by sight as they are about 5mm in diameter. Checking your mattress, box spring, headboard and other furniture is a good way to determine if you have a bedbug problem in your home. Other signs of bedbugs include blood stains on your sheets or pillow cases; dark spots of bedbug excrement on your sheets, mattresses and clothes; bedbug fecal matter, egg shells or shed skin on your bedding or furniture; or an offensive, musty odor from the bedbug’s scent glands.
It is important to check the bedding and furniture of hotel rooms as this is the most common place bedbugs get picked up. Even luxury hotels are not immune from bedbug infestations and as soon as these opportunist creatures latch on to your clothing and luggage; the problem will quickly become yours.
What can I do if an infestation is suspected?
There are a few things do to if you suspect a bedbug infestation in your home:
- Remove all bedding, the dust cover over the box spring and peel back the fabric to examine the seams in the wood framing.
- Inspect all pillow cases and covers on sofas and chairs, remove any covers if possible and examine the seams.
- Clean all bedding, linens, curtains and clothing in hot water. Dry on the highest dryer setting.
- Put all items that cannot go in the washing machine, such as shoes and stuffed animals in the dryer on high for 30 minutes.
- Use a stiff brush to release any bedbugs or eggs from mattress and furniture seams before vacuuming.
- Vacuum all carpets with diligence around furniture, after vacuuming immediately place the vacuum bag outside in a garbage can.
While these are some strategies for preventing and eliminating bedbugs the best thing to do is contact a professional pest controller to assess and treat the situation. Even household remedies and chemical treatments to eliminate bedbugs prove little results. Early detection is the best way to treat bedbugs and an effective bedbug strategy begins with an inspection. Awesome Possum Humane Wildlife Control in Whistler BC can help prevent bedbug infestations and control current infestations that are present. With 100% pesticide free techniques you can be sure your bedroom and furniture is not riddled with toxic chemicals during the process. Contact Awesome Possum today to inspect your home for bedbugs and prevent these tiny pests from bunking up with you tonight!