Everyone has heard of bed bugs thanks to the common saying ‘don't let the bed bugs bite’. But a surprising number of people think that bedbugs are a fiction.
In actual fact, bed bugs are a very real and prevalent threat to homes and businesses. Where bed bug infestations establish themselves, they can create numerous problems for individuals and businesses. Bed bugs will bite people and feed off their blood. Their presence in any hotel or hospitality business can end in PR disaster and deter guests from staying with you in future.
Whether you have an infestation in your home or business, you need to address the problem immediately.
Bedbugs are among the craftiest of common pests in the UK. They are incredibly adept at hitchhiking and secreting themselves where they won’t be noticed. It isn’t usually until a bed bug infestation has really taken root that the issue becomes apparent. Bed bugs attach themselves to clothing, bags, and just about any other fabric they come into contact with. As a result, it is easy for a bed bug infestation to travel from one hotel or hospitality business to another. If you frequently stay in hotels, it’s all too easy to bring an infestation back into your own home.
Like mosquitoes, female bed bugs require blood in order to produce eggs. Their favourite source of blood is people. Both male and female bed bugs will suck blood from people, although the females tend to be more aggressive in this respect.
Has international travel has become commonplace in our global society, bed bugs have been able to proliferate like never before. There are several species of bed bugs found in the UK, but new species are being introduced all the time. Fortunately, most of them are unable to establish themselves beyond isolated infestations. Bed bugs are often found in hotels, but they are also an increasingly common sight in student accommodation, care homes, and short let apartments.
On average, bed bugs will lay between 200 and 500 eggs, in batches of 10 to 50 at a time. It only takes a couple of months for bed bugs to lay hundreds or even thousands of eggs. Female bed bugs require a source of blood prior to laying eggs. They will happily suck blood from any warm-blooded mammal, but people are their usual targets.
Bed bug eggs are difficult to spot because they tend to lay them in crevices and cracks in furniture where they will not be found. Despite the name, bed bugs are commonly found on all types of furniture; they don’t just live in beds.
What Are The Signs Of A Bed Bug Infestation?
The first sign that most people notice when they have a bed bug infestation on their hands is the bites. If you are regularly waking up with insect bites on your body that have the appearance of raised wheals, bedbugs are a likely culprit. When a bed bug bites a mammal, they will inject a substance into the bite designed to act as an anticoagulant and anaesthetic. This substance has two effects; it prevents the victim from feeling the bite and prevents blood from clotting.
Bed bugs also shed their skins throughout the course of their life cycles. These shed skins are another dead giveaway that you have a bed bug infestation. These skins can be hard to spot, but once you have encountered them once, you will be able to recognise them anywhere.
Other common indications of a bed bug infestation include blood spots and faecal spots. Because bed bugs feed on blood, they become engorged after eating. If you inadvertently squish a bed bug after it has fed, the blood spots it leaves behind will alert you to its presence. Similarly, bed bugs leave faecal deposits behind on bedding and other furniture that they infest. These deposits appear as tiny black dots, as if made by a felt tip pen.
If you have a severe bed bug infestation consisting of lots of individuals, it can generate a smell that humans can detect. This smell is often described as unpleasant and somewhat sweet. Dogs will be able to detect this odour long before people. They will often show a keen interest in infested furniture.
What Problems Can Bed Bugs Cause?
The main problem that bed bugs cause for people is their bites. These bites can be irritating and can potentially become infected. However, the bigger concern with bedbugs is the damage that they caused to businesses reputations. Hospitality and hotel businesses in particular need to be wary of bed bug infestations.
If you suspect a bed bug infestation in your business, it is essential that you deal with the issue as soon as possible. A bed bug infestation left to its own devices will rapidly develop into something far more challenging to contain and manage.
How To Prevent Bed Bug Infestations
Washing clothing and bedding at the highest possible temperature will get rid of the majority of bed bugs and their eggs. Washing clothes at lower temperatures will only remove some of the bed bugs and will do little to dislodge their eggs.
Decluttering your home is also a great way of preventing bed bug infestations from taking hold. The fewer places they have to hide, the less likely it is that they will establish a nest in your home.
Vacuuming will also help to reduce the prevalence of bed bugs. However, vacuuming will usually only remove the most visible bed bugs and eggs. Those that are located deep within crevices in your furniture will require more than a simple vacuuming to dislodge.
How To Treat A Bed Bug Infestation
Professional Pest Control Services From Bon Accord
You might be able to deal with minor pest infestations on your own using some inexpensive DIY products, but there are problems with this approach. Mainly that success is far from guaranteed. If you fail to eliminate an infestation completely, you risk creating a false sense of security and an eventual resurgence. The longer an infestation is present in your home or business, the more problematic it will become. As time goes on, the costs of fully treating an infestation increase and the infestation becomes more firmly entrenched.
Without any first-hand experience dealing with pest infestations, it can be difficult to ascertain the extent of the problem and devise a suitable plan of action. Many people who attempt to rid themselves of infestations in their homes and businesses end up killing most or all of the pests they can see but fail to address the underlying issue. Getting rid of the pests themselves is one thing, but if you don’t deal with their nest and remove any eggs they might have already laid, you are only resetting the clock. Give it another week or two, and you will have a full-blown resurgent infestation on your hands.
When you hire a professional pest control service like Bon Accord, you are hiring experienced technicians. We’ve seen it all before; we know how to assess the situation properly and create a plan of action that will remove any bed bugs already present in your property. Speed is of the essence when you are dealing with a pest infestation, but you don’t want a rushed job. Once we have made an initial assessment and established the extent of your infestation, we will then move on to removing pests from the property and ensuring they won’t return.
For hotels and other hospitality businesses, bed bugs are a PR nightmare. Any pest infestation is going to be a bad look for a business. Discretion is essential, and we are among the most discreet pest control services out there. We understand how important it is that a pest infestation doesn’t tarnish your business reputation. Careless behaviour from pest control experts can alert your customers and staff to an issue and damage your standing with both.
If you suspect a bed bug infestation in your home or business, contacting Bon Accord is the first step to alleviating the problem. Our service begins with a thorough assessment of the situation before we recommend a suitable treatment option. Once we have agreed on a treatment plan with you, we can then begin work as soon as you wish. Whether you would like us to begin immediately or return at a more convenient time, we will work to your schedule.
Once the infestation has been dealt with, we will also provide aftercare. This aftercare service includes advice on how to prevent future infestations from taking hold. We want your property to remain free of pests long into the future.
Contact Bon Accord today to arrange an assessment. A member of our team will be in touch with you as soon as possible to move things forward.
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