Say bye to bed bugs

These tiny insects, 4 – 5mm long, shun the light. During the day, they hide in cracks, crevices, furniture, bedsteads, mattresses, behind wallpaper, skirting boards, etc. These harbourages are also their breeding places.

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How do you know if you have bed bugs

Bed bugs are blood-sucking insects. They are efficient hitchhikers and easily transported. They can disperse over long distances for a considerable period of time in search of a new host. They are mainly nocturnal (active at night) and hide during the day. They only approach a host when they intend to feed and spend of their time hiding or resting. They require blood meals to mate, lay eggs for females, and moult. However, they can withstand long periods without feeding.

The male, female and young nymphs are all blood-suckers. They hide in cracks and crevices close to their sleeping hosts, such as in the bedroom. A sign of bedbug infestation is the unpleasant odour they emit. Another is the speckled appearance of their faecal deposits.

Bed bugs come out of their hiding places at night and bite humans, as well as other mammals like mice, rats or poultry. The bedbug takes between 3 to 15 minutes to engorge themselves with blood. The bite produces a hard swelling, whitish in colour and causes severe irritation. After feeding, they crawl back to their hiding places where they usually crowd together.

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Our best tips for controlling bed bugs

  • To prevent infestation, maintain high standards of housekeeping and hygiene
  • Cracks and crevices should be sealed so that the bedbugs are denied places to hide and breed
  • For bad infestations, these hiding places (which are usually difficult to access) need to be treated professionally with a residual insecticide. Depending on the type of treatment, bedding and mattresses must be thoroughly aired before they are re-used
  • Rooms in the tropics must be treated early in the day, so that they will be dry and fit for re-entry in the evening
  • To effectively solve the problem, contact us!

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