Protecting Your Home and Family from Bedbugs

Bedbugs are becoming a significant problem in this country and around the world. They are easily spread and difficult to treat resulting in a rapid growth in the number of bedbug outbreaks. The key to beating this problem is to raise awareness of what to look for and to ensure bedbugs are dealt with quickly once discovered.

The Impact of Bedbugs

Bedbugs feed on the blood of humans and other mammals. While it is possible for bedbugs to transmit disease, in this country it is very rare. Instead, the primary concern is the irritation and distress caused by bedbug bites. Bedbug bites do not hurt. It is the itchiness that results from the body’s reaction to them that causes discomfort. Treating the bites soothes the irritation, but it can still be very distressing when there are multiple bites as is often the case with bedbugs. Multiple bites and contact with bedbugs can also lead to an itchy rash or eczema. Consult a pharmacist for advice and treatment if this occurs.

Identifying Bedbugs

Adult bedbugs are 5mm long. Before feeding they are a flattened oval shape and light brown, but become rounder and darker after feeding. They come out at night and are attracted to the warmth of our bodies and carbon dioxide in our breath. They are usually found in bedrooms but hide in cracks and crevices during the day. The most common shelters for bedbugs are in the seams of mattresses, in crevices in the bed frame, behind furniture surrounding the bed (especially the headboard) or where the wall meets the floor. A more established infestation is associated with dark or black staining of the mattress from bed bug excreta. An established infestation will also be associated with an unpleasant scent secreted by bed bugs.

Treating Bed Bug Infestations

Bed bugs are an objectionable pest and one of the most difficult to eradicate. Insectrol, part of Whelan Pest Prevention ‘s range of DIY pest control products, can help control bedbugs in certain areas of the house. However it should not be used directly on clothes, mattresses or bedding. Always read the label and product information before use. High levels of hygiene, deep cleaning and the use of DIY products will help to keep bedbug numbers under control, however professional treatment will be required to eradicate the infestation. Whelan Pest Prevention offers a call-out service to deal with bedbugs and other pest problems in the home. Our service is fast, effective and offers the highest level of safety for your family and pets. If you are concerned that you may have a bedbug problem and would like to arrange a visit from a Whelan Pest Prevention technician, call us free on 08456 80 80 98.

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