Bed bugs in the home

Getting Bed Bug Bites?

Bed bugs could be in more places than you might expect.

Finding yourself covered in tiny marks over the face, neck, hands and arms? Are you waking to discover small rows of bites that swell and itch when you scratch them? These are all bed bugs symptoms.

Bed bugs feed on human blood, and tend to attack your exposed skin while you sleep. Both the bugs and their eggs are quite easy to see (about the size of a tick or garden bug), but because they tend to feed at night, it is quite possible that a mini colony of the bugs could be building up under your mattress while you sleep.

Once their colony grows and spreads to other rooms, eliminating the pests can prove expensive and time-consuming. A pest controller is usually the only option, and they’ll generally charge you for treating every bedroom in your house, as the bugs are likely to spread.

If you do find yourself covered in the aforementioned bites, try examining your mattresses, and checking your headboard (if it contains fabric) and bed frames for eggs.

So how do you get rid of bed bugs? Bed bugs cannot be treated with a vacuum cleaner, but subjecting their homes to extreme hot or cold can kill them off.

Leaving pillows, cushions and mattresses in the summer sun or placing them in the freezer may prove an adequate solution, but for those of us without access to large freezers or heating equipment, a local pest control company may be required for bed bug treatment.