We often say "Don't let the bedbugs bite" whenever we say good night. But the truth is that it's very difficult to not let the bedbugs bite, especially since they attack us in our sleep.
Bedbugs are a small, almost-invisible parasite that feeds on the blood of their host, typically humans or animals. Unlike most pests, bedbugs don't build nests, but they stay close together on one location instead. Over time, bed bugs scatter all over the room and they eventually settle in different cracks and crevices indoors. You might not even know it, but most of the time, bedbugs are spread by humans, as these pests that are the size of an apple seed loves to cling on our clothes, shoes, or luggage.
Since bedbugs are so tiny and that they are only mostly active at night, getting rid of them can get quite difficult. Even the most pristine houses and hotel rooms can have a bedbug infestation, as these parasites feed on blood.
So how do we find out if there's a bedbug infestation in our home? Even they are small, there are still telltale signs of a bedbug infestation.
1. Bedbug bites
The foremost sign of bedbugs is the bites on your skin. If you find yourself waking up one morning with red itchy welts on your body then it is most likely that you have bedbugs living on your bed. Though bedbug bites are generally harmless, they still bring us discomfort. Bedbugs typically bite on the exposed skin and they usually bite at night time.
2. Stained sheets
If you see tiny bloodstains on your sheets and pillowcases but don't really know where they came from, then it is most likely from bedbugs. Nymphs or the immature bedbugs need to feed on blood for at least five times. As they feed on their host's blood, it can leave small stains all over the sheets.
3. Brown spots
Do you see brown spots on your bed but can't recall where those spots came from? Then it could be because of the bedbugs' excrement. Dark spots may also be found on walls, clothing, and other spots near the bed.
4. Eggshells and skins
Nymphs need to shed their skins five times in less than a month before they reach full maturity. This could translate to seeing dry bedbug skin on your bed all the time. Eggshells, which are white transparent casings, are another sign of bedbug infestation which can already be in its advanced stages.
5. Musty odor
The last possible sign of a bedbug infestation is the must odor that their scent glands produce. People often compare this odor to something like coriander. If your room or house constantly smells like wet moldy clothes or a strong coriander odor, then it might be time for you to get rid of the bedbugs once and for all.
Bedbugs are fairly easy to exterminate. In the early stages of an infestation, a change of sheets and pillowcases, plus thorough vacuuming of the mattress will do the trick. However, an advanced infestation may require chemical treatment. Simply changing the mattress will not be enough, as it is possible that bedbugs also are living in other parts of your house. They will simply move on to your new mattress.
Professional extermination for bedbugs is still the most effective way to get rid of these parasites. Here at Termite and Pest Control North Brisbane, we'll put an end to your bedbug infestation in no time.
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