If you’ve recently discovered you’ve been sharing your bed with more than you bargained for, you may have started looking into bed bug removal. Maybe you’ve woken up with raised, blister-like bites? Or you’ve noticed blood spots on your bedding? If you have, there’s a good chance your bed is home to some unwanted guests.
What are bedbugs?
Bedbugs are small, nuisance insects from the genus Cimex. These brown, oval-shaped pests feed on blood, usually during the night. About the size of an apple seed when fully grown, you’ll typically find the flat-bodied bedbug hanging out with others in a small hiding space.
What causes bedbugs?
First of all, don't panic. Bedbugs are a common pest problem, and discovering you have them doesn't suggest you're dirty or unhygienic. Bedbugs love to travel. From hitching a ride into your home on a suitcase or bag to sneaking in on a used settee, the tiny, travelling bedbug can easily go unnoticed. But once discovered, the sooner you begin the bedbug removal process, the better.
If you know or suspect you’ve got a bedbug problem, quickly enlisting the help of a pest control professional is always the best course of action. Bedbugs can spread surprisingly quickly. However, there are a few things you could do in the meantime to stop your small bedbug infestation from becoming a big issue:
Thoroughly check your home to find out where the bedbugs are hanging out
Vacuum your mattress and other furniture or areas you’ve found them in
Wash your bedding at a very high temperature
If possible, steam any affected upholstery at a high temperature
As bedbugs like to move around, always avoid placing suitcases on your bed while you’re away and on your bed at home when you return. Did you know that bedbugs can even travel from home to home through the floor or wall cavities?
It's also a good idea to reduce any clutter in your home and to keep your bedroom as clean and tidy as possible. Less clutter means fewer hiding places for any unwanted insects to sneak into. And bedbugs are fussy about colour. A 2016 study found that bedbugs prefer black or red areas over green or yellow materials. Something worth bearing in mind when you’re next out shopping for new bedding.
Professional bedbug removal
While washing your bedding at 60 degrees, thoroughly cleaning, and using a DIY bedbug treatment will get rid of some of your unwanted guests, you’ll need the help of a pest control specialist to get rid of your infestation completely.
Whether you need professional bedbug removal for your domestic or commercial property, contact Malpass Pest Solutions 24 hours a day for an immediate response to your emergency pest problem. We make pest-free places across Staffordshire, Cheshire, Shropshire, and the West Midlands. Our affordable bedbug removal service will ensure your unwanted house guests get their marching orders and you get a great night’s sleep. For a bedbug-free slumber, call Pat on 07496 944410 today.