Biting insects are naturally one of the more stressful pests that can invade homes and businesses. This is understandable; while most pests will try and keep themselves to themselves, insects will actively track you down to feed.
People are often confused about the difference between fleas and bedbug and are not entirely sure about what infestation they are dealing with. In this blog, we will discuss how you can identify bed bugs, as well as some information on how we deal with them.
If you are facing a pest problem within your home, don’t hesitate to get in touch with Clark Drainage today on 0800 808 5615.
How to Identify Bed Bug Bites
You can identify a bed bug either by examining the bites on your body or the insects themselves.
Appearance: The insects look different depending on how recently they have fed. Adults which are ‘empty’ of blood are no larger than an apple seed. They are oval-shaped and have an elongated body, brown in colour.
However, if the insects have fed recently, they will be more in line with the shape of a balloon. The blood inside will shine through giving them a crimson appearance.
Bites: Bed bug bites follow quite specific patterns which make them easy to distinguish. Firstly, they tend to appear on the upper torso. This is because they track CO2 from human breath which tends to journey down past the chest.
The bites generally appear as small red and itchy bumps, although everyone reacts slightly differently. They will typically appear in a small cluster, usually three of them together in a triangle formation.
Bed bug bites are uncomfortable and will become incredibly itchy. However, do your best not to scratch them; doing so can provide a severe risk of infection.
Dealing with Bed Bugs
It is vital that you change your behaviour as little as possible while the infestation is ongoing. If you alter your sleeping pattern by going to another room, for example, then you will just spread the insects elsewhere.
Additionally, if you attempt to throw out furniture that the insects are residing within, you risk making the problem worse. This is especially true if you live in a block of flats; carrying a mattress through the building can lead to the insects making their way into your neighbours’ apartments.
Our technicians will apply residual insecticide to the areas which we believe are affected, a procedure which will take place over numerous visits.
It is absolutely crucial that we deal with every last member of the infestation and egg. Otherwise, the problem will very likely just begin again.
The insecticide we employ is harmless to humans, and you will be able to continue living in your house or flat throughout the process.
Can Bed Bugs Spread Disease?
This is a common question that our technicians get asked, and it is far from a ridiculous one. After all bed bugs may feed on multiple people, meaning that blood could theoretically be ‘mixed’.
However, you can rest assured that according to the CDC, there are no recorded cases of a disease being spread from one human to another by bed bugs.
While we do not quite have the same authority as the CDC, we can also confirm that we have not found this spread of disease to have happened in any cases that we have worked on!
Nonetheless, it is worth noting that some people are allergic to bed bug bites. Although in most cases this will only result in a slightly worse reaction, repeated bites may result in the need for medical attention.
Get in Touch
Bed bugs can cause incredible amounts of stress and can make you feel unsafe and uncomfortable in your own bed. Despite their size and resilience, a reputable and experienced pest control company should be able to make short work of them.
At Clark Pest control we pride ourselves in our commitment to standards of perfection. We insist on training our technicians to the highest standard and make sure that they are always armed with the most effective industry-leading equipment.
By developing our service to respond to your individual requirements, we can make sure that our tactics are tailor-fit for your specific situation. This way, we can guarantee both speedy and reliable results.
To speak to one of our operators about what we can do for you, give us a call on 0800 808 5615 now.
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