What are the Signs of Bed Bugs?

What are the Signs of Bed Bugs?

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What are the signs of bed bugs?
Bed bugs, Cimex Lectularius, are nocturnal creatures which like to hang out in small spaces – particularly in and around mattresses. Bed bugs are not dangerous and are not known to spread disease; however bites can be annoying and itchy, with some people suffering allergic reactions. To quickly find the bed bug info you need, check out the content list below…

Where do They Hide?

Bedbugs can hide just about anywhere in your home, which is why detecting them is so difficult. They are visible to the naked eye, but their flattened bodies make it possible for them to fit into tiny spaces. Bedbugs do not have nests like ants or bees, but tend to live in groups in hiding places. Their initial hiding places are typically in mattresses, box springs, bed frames, and headboards where they have easy access to feed. Over time, however, they may scatter through the bedroom, moving into any crevice or protected location. They may also spread to nearby rooms or apartments.
What Are The Signs of Bed Bugs?

You should regularly inspect all sheets and pillowcases for small brown blood stains (fecal spots) and inspect the seams and folds of mattresses for live insects and bloodstains. Bed bugs usually stay close to the feeding areas so look in the areas where they congregate including along mattress seams, in the frames of beds or the headboards, behind baseboards and under carpet edges. But they can also hide behind pictures, door and window casings, loose wallpaper and any cracks.

Bed bugs typically hide during in the daytime, so it can often be very difficult to spot them. If you don’t see the actual bed bugs look for tiny, rust-coloured stains that they leave behind on mattress tags and seams, ceilings, under seat cushions and behind headboards. Keep an eye out for potential hiding places, such as buckling wallpaper or carpet, and conditions that can attract bed bugs like excessive heat or moisture.

How Can I Prevent Them?

Sleeping on a memory foam mattress is the best way to prevent bed bugs. The dense structure of foam inhibits the growth of dust mites – they simply can’t survive in this material. So there you go – problem solved. Click here to buy a memory foam mattress today – and wave goodbye to bed bugs!

In addition, keeping your bedroom and home clean and tidy will help to decrease the chance of infestations. Vacuum regularly and try to avoid leaving piles of clutter sitting around for long periods of time – particularly inviting homely areas for the little pests, such as piles of clothes.

What if I Find Bedbugs?

If you believe you have a serious infestation then the best action to take would be to call in a professional exterminator. Many people try to solve the problem themselves using chemicals, but that can be dangerous if you don’t really know what you’re doing.

If you have a light infestation then it can often be solved with good hygiene practices, along with washing the affected bedding on clothing in temperatures higher then 40 degrees centigrade. You can also put sticky tape in your room to capture bugs as they move around, such as at the bottom of your bed posts. Keep track of how many you are catching, so you know your efforts have worked if the numbers caught start to decrease.

The best way to prevent bed bugs is by sleeping on a memory foam mattress. To check out our full range of UK-made memory foam mattresses, click here. Or alternatively, sleep tight and just hope the bed bugs won’t bite … 

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