Bedbugs are a nasty pest. They can cause itching and irritation and make it almost impossible for you to sleep at night. When dealing with bedbugs, it is important that you tackle this problem as soon as possible. Always call in the help of a professional pest repellent. In this way you can be sure of a thorough pest control and you will be able to sleep on two ears again. In the meantime, there are also a number of things you can do yourself. We will tell you more!
Bedbugs bite? These are the most important symptoms:
You can only fight bedbugs if you actually know they are there. It is therefore useful that you know how to recognise bedbugs. Bedbugs bite because they live off blood. If you can recognise the bite, you can be sure that bedbugs bother you. However, the problem is that a bedbug bite is difficult to recognise.
A bedbug bite manifests itself mainly in red bumps, but these can also be caused by allergy, which makes it difficult to recognise bedbugs. What are the symptoms of a bedbug bite? If a bedbug has bitten you, you will mainly suffer from severe itching. The remarkable thing is that this itching can last for a very long time, up to two weeks. If you notice that you suddenly get red bumps on your skin which are accompanied by itching, it is advisable to inspect your bed. Keep in mind that bedbugs are difficult to see, adult bedbugs are only 5 millimetres long. In addition, they are small creatures that can hide well. So when inspecting your bed, pay attention to small brown bugs or black spots that indicate faeces.
Where did those nasty insects come from so suddenly? It is difficult to say exactly where bedbugs come from. Usually, people have to deal with bedbugs when they return from travelling. The bedbugs then crawled into the suitcase and found a place to hide. So it is certainly not the case that only people with poor hygiene have to deal with bedbugs. Unfortunately, it can happen to anyone.
Bedbugs fables & facts
Every now and then you will hear something about bedbugs. Bedbugs could pass on diseases, you could feel a bedbug bite and the bugs could not fly. What is correct and what is not? We tell you!
Myth: bedbugs only live in bed
This is one of the biggest misunderstandings about bedbugs. These little creatures do not only live in bed. Although they do have a preference to crawl into your bed. Bedbugs can be found practically everywhere. Like on carpets, in chairs, on cupboards, in skirting boards, curtains, sockets, and so on. It is important to know this, because when you discover bedbugs it is not enough to examine your bed. The only way to combat bedbugs is to thoroughly examine the whole room. That is why it is best to have a professional do this for you!
Fact: bedbugs cannot fly
It is true that bedbugs cannot fly. However, they can crawl very well, which allows them to move around easily. So even though these little creatures cannot fly, that does not mean that they cannot move quickly and easily.
Myth: you can feel a bedbug bite
It is often thought that you can feel a bedbug bite. However, that is not the case. In fact, if bedbugs bite you, they secrete saliva with a narcotic effect. It is therefore impossible to feel a bite from a bedbug. It is not for nothing that these creatures have been a real plague for thousands of years!
Fact: bedbugs can survive for months without feeding
One of the reasons why bedbug control is so difficult is because they can survive for a very long time without food. Bedbugs live off blood, but if they don’t find anyone to bite, they can survive several months at room temperature.
Fact: bedbugs spread diseases
Bedbugs are nasty creatures, but there is no need to worry that they will spread disease. Bedbugs are in principle not dangerous, but that does not mean that they are very annoying. Moreover, they can provoke allergic reactions.
Myth: you can control bedbugs yourself with insecticide spray
When you notice bedbugs, it is normal that you want to do everything you can to get rid of them as soon as possible. Many people then rush to the shop to buy an insecticide spray. This spray will help a little, but it is practically impossible to control all bedbugs with this spray. The danger is that you think the bedbugs are gone for good, while those that remain multiply more and more. So it is better to leave bedbug control to a professional!
Fighting bedbugs: what not to do
If you notice bedbugs, it is especially important that you don’t just turn your house upside down. That way you will ensure that the bedbugs can spread even more. This will make the control of bedbugs even more difficult. So try to leave all objects where they are. Rather call in the help of a professional as soon as possible.
What can you do?
Professional help from a pest controller is therefore the best solution. But sometimes, while waiting for help, you want to take measures yourself. Fortunately, there are then a number of things you can do. For example, it is important that you change your bed on time. By doing so, you will not only combat the bedbug, but also prevent it. If you want to wash your bedding with bedbugs, always put it in a sealed bag or better still: put your bedding immediately in the washing machine. Make sure you wash your bedding at a high temperature and also have your mattress steamed. After that, make sure your room is well maintained; vacuum well and don’t forget to take the seams and cracks with you.
How can you prevent the bedbug?
Although you will not be bothered by bedbugs due to poor hygiene, good hygiene is a good way to prevent bedbugs. If you clean your room and make your bed sufficiently, bedbugs will be less likely to hide. This will allow you to detect them more quickly and you will be able to control the bedbugs in time.
Combat the bedbug? Follow these 5 tips:
Tip 1: Stay away
If you notice bedbugs, it is not a good idea to stay in the same room of the bedbugs. Even if you sleep in a bed that is far away from the affected bed. Bedbugs spread very easily. So it is better to sleep in a hotel or with your family. Make sure that you do not carry bedbugs in your suitcase.
Tip 2: Make sure there is enough light
Is it not an option for you to sleep somewhere else? Then make sure that there is always plenty of light in your room. Bedbugs are nocturnal animals and do not like light. If there is a lot of light in your room, you will have less trouble with these creatures.
Tip 3: Always keep your house clean
The best way to notice bedbugs is to clean your house on time and change your bed regularly.
Tip 4: Freeze your clothes
You may find this tip a little odd, but it is one that works well. By freezing your clothes for a longer period of time you can kill bedbugs.
Tip 5: Be careful when travelling or visiting
If you have been travelling or visiting, it is important to always inspect your suitcase properly. Bedbugs usually come into your house because you bring them from somewhere else.
Let bedbug control always be carried out by a pest exterminator!
Do you want to get rid of this annoying bedbug plague for good? Then it is best to hire a professional to fight your bedbugs. A professional knows exactly what to do to make your whole house bedbug-free. That way you can enjoy a carefree night’s sleep again!