If you want to safeguard your family and pets from bedbug bites, knowledge is indispensable! At Larry SAPC, our goal is to ensure that you have important bedbug information at hand so that you take immediate measures to ensure that your home and office are free of bedbugs at all times.
Bedbugs are infamous for being hitchhikers who can sneak into the privacy of your home by hiding in your vehicle or in the belongings you carry. Once bedbugs are in your space, they can establish colonies in different areas of your home if not addressed in time. If you are visiting a place where bedbug problems are on the rise, you are more at risk of re-infesting your home by knowingly bringing them into your space.
Even after the bedbug extermination treatment is completed, the problem of bedbugs re-infesting your property is not completely eliminated! Hence, knowing sources of bedbugs infestation can help you prevent potential resurgences. Here is what you need to do to keep bedbugs away:
Regularly declutter and take measures to eliminate potential hiding spots.
Keep your mattresses and box springs encased in a protective cover to reduce hiding spots. Choose a light colour of encasement as bedbugs will be easily identifiable through it. Choose a high-quality encasement that resists tearing and inspect it regularly for holes.
Be careful in shared laundry facilities as bedbugs can get carried into your home hiding in clothes. Carry your washables in a sealed plastic bag. Once the clothes are washed, put them directly into the bag and do the rest at home. If you have an active infestation, use a new plastic bag to transport your clothes back home.
Make some smart upgrades such as installing door sweeps to discourage movement of bedbugs to the other areas of your home. Also, seal all cracks and crevices around light sockets, baseboards, windows, doors, and walls to restrict their movement through walls.
Latin Name: Cimex lectularius L.
Bedbugs are flat, reddish-brown, oval insects about 3/16th of an inch long, which is about the size of an apple seed. They live in cracks and crevices in mattress seams, sheets, furniture, baseboards, electrical outlets, and picture frames. These parasites are often found in hotels, where they can move around in people's luggage.
Their diet consists of human blood.
A female bedbug can deposit one to five eggs a day and may lay up to 200 in her lifetime. Under ideal conditions, they can live for 300 days. They are also known as mahogany flats, red coats, and cinches. The adult bedbug does not have any wings.
You can pick up bedbugs from anywhere. Bedbugs usually infest offices, stores, hotels, gyms, or any other facility. They hide in your belongings or on you. Bedbugs tend to stay together and have a sweet yet unpleasant smell. Blood spots can be a sign of their infestations, even if the actual bugs cannot be seen. Their bite can cause an allergic reaction, such as welts and severe itching.
When travelling, think of the acronym SLEEP.
Survey surfaces for signs of an infestation, such as rust coloured spots on mattresses.
Lift and look for hiding spots. They come out at night to feed but will stay out of sight during the day.
Elevate your luggage away from the bed and walls to make it harder for bugs to travel there.
Examine your luggage carefully while repacking. Always store your luggage far away from your bedroom and store it in a closet. Never put luggage on your bed after a trip.
Place all of the clothing from your luggage in a dryer on hot mode for at least 45 minutes, or wash in very hot water.
Also, remember to inspect your residence regularly, after a move, a trip, or having guests in your home. When you have doubts, do not hesitate to contact our team of knowledgeable bedbug exterminators at Larry SAPC.