How do I know if I have bed bugs? What do bed bugs look like?
Gold Coast Pest Management Solutions have been providing bed bug pest control Gold Coast for 10 years now and will often find people call up confused and distressed as they find themselves suffering from a biting pest and they either have no idea what the pest is or they think it could be one of few pests such as bed bugs, mites or fleas.
Bed bugs are small roughly 4-5mm (roughly Apple seed size) and a brown with a flat body. Once the bed bug has a blood meal its body then swells and will look more of a red in colour.
Where do bed bugs hide?
Bed bugs are what we like to call a transported pest, meaning they are normally transported in to a premises from an external source. Being that their bodies are flat and tiny they are easily hidden in small cracks and crevices and can be transported in cracks no wider then the width of your bank card. The bed bug can often be initially picked up from a places such as back packers lodge, public transport such as trains and busses and also things such as overseas holidays. Once the bed bug is in your home they will usually set up home close to their host, since they feed on blood this means they will often be found in bedside ornaments, mattresses, photo frames, bed frames etc. Once in your room they then begin to breed and spread throughout your home and nearby rooms.
What do bed bug bites look like?
When a bed bug bites you often will not initially feel the bite. The bed bug being nocturnal will feed on your blood during the night by biting your skin and sucking the blood through the break in the skin. Later the bed bug bite will become itchy and turn in to a red welt and can often be found in areas of the body where the skin is exposed such as the ankles and wrists. Bed bugs mites can often initially be mistaken for mosquito and flea bites.
Signs to look for is you suspect a bedbug infestation in your house:
- Small blood stains on your sheets, pillows and seams of your mattress.
- Dark rusty coloured spots which are bed bug excrement on clothes, nearby walls and bedside ornaments.
- Bed bug shells or shed skins in bed bug hiding spots such as the areas mentioned above including bedside draws etc
What do I do if I suspect I have bed bugs?
Call a professional immediately!
in QLD there are strict guidelines and policies that must be followed for the treatment of bedbugs as they are a serious health concern and unexperienced attempts or delay to effectively eradicate bed bugs can spread the infestation and make bed bug pest control treatments more costly.
Gold Coast Pest Management Solutions are experts in all areas of Pest Control Gold Coast and Bed Bug Pest Control and will implement an effective bed bug inspection of your property and bed bug treatment that includes a follow up inspection to ensure that a successful eradication of the bed bugs has been executed.
If you suspect that you have bed bugs call Gold Coast Pest Management Solutions, we also provide pest control treatments for mites, mosquitos and fleas and can assure you that you are in the hands of a professional capable of providing the correct pest identification and pest treatment plan.