Get Rid of Bed Bugs
Bed Bugs Biting?
Bed bug infestations are a common problem in any Singapore household. Any place that humans sit, rest or sleep can be a place that bed bugs are introduced or feed. Getting rid of bed bugs is difficult without the help of a professional.
The smaller the infestation, the more effective the treatment will be. That’s why it’s important to treat any possible infestation as early as possible.
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What Are Bed Bugs?
Bed bugs are wingless insects and as such move around by crawling or riding from place to place in clothing, luggage or other such transport. Distribution can be further exacerbated in places such as theatres and public transport, with infestations frequently occurring in hotels and other buildings where there is a high density and turnover of individuals.
Bed bugs are mostly found in bedrooms as they generally feed at night when the host is asleep. When not feeding, they live in the bed frame or cracks and crevices around the room. They do not harbour in the mattress or bedding material.
They are reddish brown in colour turning blood red after feeding. The adult reaches approximately 5mm in length and passes through five nymph stages over a period of time to 128 days. The female lays her eggs in batches of 10 to 50, they are white in colour and deposited on various surfaces with a thin glue. They take on average 10 days to hatch and can mature into adults within one to two months given ample food. The female is then ready to start laying eggs. The speed of development depends on temperature and food availability. Surprisingly, bed bugs can live longer without food and can go without feeding for up to 140 days; the adult typically lives for about 10 months but can survive for a year or longer in cool buildings. This sensitivity to temperature means bed bugs will start to die if temperatures drop below 9ºC or rise above 36ºC. However, modern buildings have created ideal conditions for the bed bug with central heating and easy access to adjoining properties being commonplace.
How Do I Know I Have A Problem?
Bed bugs bite at night. The bite marks will depend on the reaction to the person being bitten. Just like Fleas & other biting insects, different people may experience a reaction in a different way and at a different time than others. Bites are usually on areas of the body that stick out of the bed covers.
In most bed bug infestations bed bugs will not be seen, the only evidence being the bites. You cannot feel bed bugs crawling on your skin the only thing you will feel will be the result of the bite long after the bed bug has crawled back to its hiding area. Do you have bites on your skin? Read here to find out how do bed bug bites look like.
They are large enough to see without any magnification; they can grow up to a quarter inch long. Young hatchlings look much like adults just much smaller. Most will appear to be a transparent tan or beige colour but will quickly turn dark brown, almost black, once they have fed. Bed bugs have almost a round body though it appears to be more oval upon closer observation. Bed bugs have six legs and are very good walkers.
The bed bug infestation may have spread from an adjoining building or from some furniture or suitcase recently brought into the house, second hand clothing may also spread infestation. Bedbugs feed entirely on human blood at night when the victim is asleep. After feeding they crawl back into their hiding places which are in cracks and crevices in furniture, behind wall paper, bed frames, cupboards, mattresses, electrical equipment, curtains, light fittings etc.
Preparation Prior To Treatment
Bed bugs are one of the hardest insects to treat and treatments will only work if the preparation has been done correctly. The bed sheets & curtains must be removed & washed. The room(s) to be treated must be vacuumed & cleaned. The drawers & wardrobes must be emptied & the clothes only re introduced to the rooms once they have been washed or tumble dried.The treatment will fail if the room is full of clutter. The rooms must be clear of toys, books, boxes, posters etc. Be careful not to put any of these objects into other rooms as you may spread the infestation. Objects in the room that cannot be either washed, tumble dried or sprayed with the insecticide (books, shoes, cd’s, dvd’s etc) must be put in a freezer overnight. This should be done before putting objects back into a treated room.
Bed bugs usually only infest rooms that are slept in & we recommend treating any adjoining bed rooms to the infested room. They can lay dormant for up to 12 months so be careful with any objects removed & then re introduced back into a bedroom within this time frame. If you are going to replace a bed or mattress either do this prior to treatment or or once your are sure the treatment has worked & all bed bugs have been eradicated.
Residual spraying is an extremely effective treatment for any type of residence as it can instantly kill bed bugs upon contact. We will treat the walls, ceilings, bed, mattress, furniture and surrounding areas in the bed rooms with a pesticide that is non-toxic to mammals. The treatment is not harmful to humans and will not stain the walls or flooring.
We can get rid of bed bugs quickly and effectively, applying surface sprays in and around bed bugs harbourages, and along typical routes where bed bugs travel, to provide fast knockdown and exterminate the bed bugs infestation.
What Do I Do Afterwards?
After treatment do not let family members or pets walk on treated surfaces for at least 4 hrs. Do not vacuum the carpeted areas that have been treated for at least two weeks or longer if the room(s) are not kept hot and dry.
The walls, bed frames or any other treated surfaces must not be washed for at least two months. The reason for this is that the insecticides will last up to 2 months and washing, vacuuming and cleaning will break the insecticides down.
All bedding must be washed. The treated room(s) must be heated and occupied at night as this encourages the bed bugs to crawl over the treated surfaces. Be prepared to see some bed bugs for at least 2 weeks after treatment. If you see more bed bugs after this time then another spray may be necessary.
It is important to reduce humidity & keep the premises warm, so leaving windows open or using a de humidifier makes eradication more likely & quicker.
Do not introduce ‘new’ furniture to an infested area unless this has been treated as well until the infestation has been eradicated.