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Bed Bug Prevention

When it comes to bed bugs, prevention is much less costly than cure. Follow the below steps to reduce the likelihood of bed bugs in your home.

When it comes to bed bugs, prevention is much less costly than cure. Follow the below steps to reduce the likelihood of bed bugs in your home.

Thoroughly analyse any second hand furniture for bed bugs before bringing it home.

Limit bed bugs hiding places by putting a protective cover on your mattress, reduce clutter in your bedroom, and seal cracks on walls and around sockets.

Vacuum frequently and use different attachments for hard to reach places that bed bug usually nest in.

Packing and unpacking on hardwood floors (Or the bathtub if every other room is carpet, which is an easy place for them to hide) can help make it easier to spot any bedbugs on your clothes or in your luggage.

Be careful utilising laundry services, use plastic bags to transport clothes and put clothes straight from machines into bags.

Use high temperatures to wash and dry clothes to kill the bed bugs.

Inversely, you can freeze clothes and luggage to kill any bugs brought back from trips away.

When travelling, be aware of bed bug symptoms so you can raise the alarm if needs be. Hang clothes rather than putting them in drawers and keep your suitcase off the bed and isolated in a press or garage in between  trips.

Carry bin bags in your luggage while travelling and you can use them to divide and seal up clothes and other items.

Thyme oil can be used as a deterrent to discourage bed bugs though it won’t kill them and it may just send them to different rooms.

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Bed Bug Bites

Bed bug bites are hard to differentiate from other bugs bites, it’s important to look at the circumstances surrounding the bites to identify the bug. Although bed bug bites do not transmit any diseases and getting bitten doesn’t hurt initially, bites can lead to a rash or infection as a result of scratching. Also people react to bug bites differently, you may get a rash, while someone else may not show any signs of a bite.

While bites are not harmful, they can cause allergic reactions in some people can cause them to react badly to the bites and the more bites they have the more hazardous it can be. Getting bitten also means you are likely to have an infestation which is a serious issue.

Body parts exposed whilst you sleep are most at risk of being bitten e.g. arms, shoulders, face. Bites often occur in a row as bed bugs search for a suitable blood vessel to feed on, though they can also be random patterns. Bites may take anywhere between few days to two weeks to appear after being bitten. The size and reaction of the bite depends on the person’s sensitivity to the bite and how many times they have been bitten previously.

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When do Bed Bug Bites Happen?

Bed Bug Bites usually happens at night, close to dawn, when the host is sleeping though they may attempt it during the day if they are hungry and the person is stationary. The feeding process lasts between 3-10 minutes, only taking a drop or two of blood. Bed bugs feed approximately once a week, though they can survive several months, even over a year without feeding. Nymphs (infant bed bugs) cannot grow without a blood meal.

When do Bed Bug Bites Happen?

Bed Bug Bites usually happens at night, close to dawn, when the host is sleeping though they may attempt it during the day if they are hungry and the person is stationary. The feeding process lasts between 3-10 minutes, only taking a drop or two of blood. Bed bugs feed approximately once a week, though they can survive several months, even over a year without feeding. Nymphs (infant bed bugs) cannot grow without a blood meal.

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