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Bed bugs are probably one of the most common household parasites that continually cause people problems. These bloodsucking insects can be found wherever there are people, not just confined to beds; bed bugs have been found in health care facilities, libraries, cinemas, public transport and university accommodation (Pest World, 2015).
Reports of bed bug infestations are on the rise, and although they are an all-year round problem, the summer months are often 'peak season' for them. The increase during summer months can be justified by the rise in people travelling during this time, whereby people can unknowingly bring them home.
Visual inspection remains the most common method of detection. There are a number of things you can do to take preventative measures, which includes regular laundering of bedding linen, and keeping a tidy bedroom. There are also things you can do whilst you're traveling, for example fully inspect your hotel bed on arrival. It seems like the last thing you'd want to do, but this is the best way of ensuring you don't bring the little parasites back with you. Pull back the sheets and look for the parasites themselves or for little brown spots that are a key sign they've been there.
If you experience bed bugs on your travels, unpack your whole suitcase outside your home for example in the garden or garage. Put all your clothes through a hot wash or dryer. It's worth noting that even a low setting on your dryer will kill bugs so if you have delicate items you can just put them through the dryer. Disinfect your suitcase with a pesticide or bug spray, drop your suitcase into a bin bag, seal it up and store for two or more weeks. This will kill any remaining bugs by fumigating the area in the bag.
If you find you have an infestation at home it's advised you don't attempt to treat it yourself as often over-the-counter treatments will force the remaining parasites to spread to other areas of the house in an attempt to avoid the chemicals. If you have any queries or concerns contact us using the form below or by calling us on the number listed above. We offer a free estimate service and can advise a specific treatment for your particular issue.
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