Protecting your Home and Family from Bedbug Problems
Bedbugs are becoming a significant problem in this country and around the world. They are easily spread and difficult to treat resulting in a rapid growth in the number of bedbug outbreaks. The key to beating this problem is to raise awareness of what to look for and to ensure bedbugs are dealt with quickly once discovered.
Signs of a Bedbug Problem
Bedbugs feed on the blood of humans and other mammals. While it is possible for bedbugs to transmit disease, in this country it is very rare. Instead, the primary concern is the irritation and distress caused by bedbug bites. Bedbug bites do not hurt. It is the itchiness that results from the body’s reaction to them that causes discomfort. Treating the bites soothes the irritation, but it can still be very distressing when there are multiple bites as is often the case with bedbugs. Multiple bites and contact with bedbugs can also lead to an itchy rash or eczema. Consult a pharmacist for advice and treatment if this occurs.
Adult bedbugs are 5mm long. Before feeding they are a flattened oval shape and light brown, but become rounder and darker after feeding. They come out at night and are attracted to the warmth of our bodies and carbon dioxide in our breath. They are usually found in bedrooms but hide in cracks and crevices during the day. The most common shelters for bedbugs are in the seams of mattresses, in crevices in the bed frame, behind furniture surrounding the bed (especially the headboard) or where the wall meets the floor. A more established infestation is associated with dark or black staining of the mattress from bed bug excreta. An established infestation will also be associated with an unpleasant scent secreted by bed bugs.
Bed bugs are an objectionable pest and one of the most difficult to eradicate. DIY treatments are generally unsuccessful. Swift Pest Solutions offer a full range of treatments capable of detecting and eradicating your Bedbug infestation. In most cases, one or two treatments using a professional grade chemical is sufficient but, for multiple room infestations, it may be more cost effective to go for our highly effective Bedbug Heat Treatment.
The Heat Treatment is a chemical free process capable of destroying Bedbugs and Cockroaches using the application of heat to areas without any fabric or structural damage. Our mobile system delivers dry transferable heat to any contained area is highly suitable for businesses such as hotels, food processors, public transportation, shipping containers, residential and care homes.