Check for Bedbugs
If you are waking up with welts, bite marks or other lesions it’s time to check for bedbugs in your bed. These little critters will bite and leave marks on most people. It’s an uncomfortable and annoying feeling to know they are in the bed with you while you sleep.
Not all creatures that may be in your bed, or even those biting you will always be bedbugs. Ideally you need the opinion of an expert to confirm you are indeed dealing with bedbugs.
But that’s not always possible, so I suggest doing a little research and finding some of these little creatures and taking a good look at them. Here are a few pointers I always recommend to people who think they have bedbugs.
How To Check for Bedbugs
- Start by checking your mattress and bedspread carefully with a flashlight. Remember these are tiny critters, so look under the seams of the fabric and in tight little corners. They will not always be moving, so if you see any dots don’t just assume it’s a bit of dirt take a close look.
- Look for blood spots and poop trails. As disgusting as this sounds, it’s a by-product of having bedbugs. They leave these tell-tail signs, and if you find them it’s a clear indication. Don’t touch anything with your hands, wear gloves when looking them them and their trails.
- Lift up your mattress and look underneath. Look closely at the base of the bed, or if you have slats inspect both sides of these. They are often in the underside of the mattress where they can nest happily.
- Bedbugs like places that do not get disturbed often. So look all over your bed frame, like down the legs and feet, the on back of the headboard, etc. If you have a dark frame you will need to rub down the areas with a scrubbing brush.
- Check surrounding areas in the bedroom too. If you have other pieces of furniture near like draws, wardrobes and clothing have a good look. These little insects will travel and start to infect other areas where they find scraps to eat and warmth.
- Get your bites checked out by your doctor. They will be able to confirm it’s a bug of some kind. Not necessarily the specific bedbug, and they will advise any treatments to help clear up these marks. It’s a horrible feeling being bitten, there are some repellents that will deter further biting.
What to Do Next
Once you have established that you do indeed have bedbugs, you need to get rid of them, and as quickly as possible. You have two options here, deal with the infestation yourself, or call in the professionals.
Getting Rid of Bedbugs Yourself
It’s not easy to deal with yourself, especially if you have a bad infestation. Bedbugs are resilient creatures and can often come back if not completely dealt with. Removing all bedding from your home will not guarantee that they stay away. You will need to dismantle your bed and clean in between joints and hinges. Any remaining bugs will need to be treated with insecticide spray specially designed for bedbugs.
When you vacuum, be sure to remove your vacuum bag from your house sealing it in an air tight bag.
Wash any bedding if possible at 60 ºC, or dry them for at leat half an hour at a high heat in a dryer.
To have the peace of mind that they are truly gone it is advisable to seek professional assistance.
Professional Pest Control
Because it is very hard to ensure that you have completely eliminated a Bedbug infestation. It is highly advisable to seek a professional pest control company. Some councils offer a free services for eliminating pest infestations. This can be for everyone, or tenants only. Check with your local council to find out. With some councils there will be a charge ranging from anything from £20 to a few hundred.
For the rest of us a pest control company is the way forward. When choosing one, ensure that they are a member of BPCA, which is the British Pest Control Association. Have a look at various websites to see if they have BPCA. Some will quote estimated prices on their site, so shop around. Some will only give a price once an initial inspection is taken out.
If you have had them once. It is important to check for Bedbugs in the future. At least once a month.