Pest Control News

Monday, 29 October 2018

Bed Bugs Increase

Bed bugs
A bed bug infestation is never something anyone wants. A bad infestation can cause people to move out of their homes and cause great discomfort when they bite you. Interestingly, there appears to have been a massive increase in bed bug reports over the past 2 years especially in the Margate area. 

Below you will find some helpful tips on how to identify bed bugs and what to do if you have some in your home.

-Bed bugs are small oval shaped insects that lay tiny white eggs. They do not grow very big at all, even at adulthood. 

-They are yellow, red or brown in colouring depending on what stage of development they are. Whilst they are growing, they shed their shells.

-They have a preference for fabrics so a nice cosy bedsheet/mattress is a perfect location for them to settle down and reproduce. 

-If you do have an infestation, you will be able to smell a musty scent where bed bugs are. 

-You may spy some blood spots on your sheets, this happens if you squash a bed bug once they have just had a blood meal. 

-When they feed, they bite into your skin, which can leave red, itchy blotches, however, their bites are painless. 

-The after effects will usually fade within a few days. Interestingly though, once bitten by a bed bug it can take up to 2 weeks to experience a reaction. Everyone reacts differently, some may have a mild reaction, some a more serious one. 

If you think you may have bed bugs in your home, please give us a call. We can help!