Even though it is perfectly possible to get rid of them, bed bugs are one of the most difficult pests to eliminate from your home, leading to a lot of worry, distress and anxiety for homeowners. Bed bugs are a serious problem that can cause major damage to your home and health. The first step in eliminating bed bugs is identifying the tell tale signs of their presence in your residence or business premises. So what should you be looking out for?
Bed bugs leave dark brown or black, smelly faecal marks on your mattresses, pillows or bedding. The stool is usually dark oval shaped deposits, known as ‘faecal spots’ which are around 3mm long and quite hard in consistency. Bed bugs usually defecate in the area where they nest as well as other areas of your home.
You may also find little clumps of dark hair or even egg shells with tiny black specks inside them which are actually empty egg cases that have been shed by the bed bugs. Piles of dusty-looking cast skins in dark crevices and creases on mattresses, pillows or bedding are also signs that bed bugs have moved in.
Bed bug traps which help to identify a potential bedbug infestation include monitors that contain attractants such as heat or carbon dioxide (CO2), insecticide impregnated pads with pheromone lures or light/heat motion sensors.
Getting rid of bed bugs is never an easy task. Bed bug infestations have a tendency to be quite tricky to treat as their eggs are resistant and allows them to survive for long periods of time without feeding. Bed bugs can also go into a semi-dormant state or even hide away in cracks and crevices until they sense that the conditions are right for them to start feeding again leading many homeowners going through endless rounds of insecticide treatments with no real progress at all being made. If you suspect you have bed bugs it is important to call a bed bug expert immediately who will help you determine if you do indeed have a problem and then provide the appropriate course of treatment to get rid of them. For a free no-obligation quote, call 1st Call Pest Control.
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