About Bed Bugs
Bed bug adults are reddish-brown, oval, flattened insects from 4 to 5 mm in length, and 1.5 to 3 mm wide before feeding. Bed bugs are attracted by exhaled carbon dioxide and body heat, not by dirt, and they feed on blood, not waste. A common mistake is that they are not visible to the naked eye. If you think you have Bed bugs, read on.
Signs Of A Bed Bug Problem
Examine your mattress, checking all the joints and seams. Bed bug bodies are flat allowing them to squeeze into small areas of your bed frame making them difficult to detect.They like hiding in areas close to where you sleep, around the headboard and under the mattress. Other signs include black spotting on your mattress which could be their dried faeces along with blood spots on sheets and pillow cases. Bites usually occur on the upper torso, around the face,neck, hands and arms.
How They Spread
Bed Bug Infestations can and will infest adjoining bedrooms and floors below and above as the infestation grows or if a host is not available in the immediate vicinity.They do not jump or fly, but instead migrate from room to room by crawling or being transported on clothing or furniture.
Preventing A Bed Bug Infestation
Regular inspections of mattresses will identify tell tale signs allowing immediate action to be taken. Bed bugs can be introduced into properties in second hand furniture such as beds, mattresses, sofas etc, so should be avoided if possible.
If you do discover bed bugs, it is unlikely that you will be able to treat it yourself. Due to the nature of this particular pest, multiple treatments will be required, ensuring that any infestation is controlled.