What attracts bed bugs?
Bed bugs only feed on blood. They do not like hair or fur and therefore prefer to fed on humans. They track us through carbon dioxide and heat. They prefer to live in wood and cardboard. They struggle to climb up plastic and tiles but will find ways of adapting or avoiding these areas.
Female bed bugs will move to areas that do not smell like bed bugs to avoid the males. This is how bed bugs move from an infested area to items like our luggage and bags. We then transfer these home and new infestation starts.
Are bed bugs harmful?
Bed bugs are known to carry diseases but unlike fleas and mosquitoes. Do not spread them.
Can household cleaners kill bed bugs?
If you sprayed an item such a bleach directly onto a bed bug it would probably kill it. However house hold cleaning items are not designed to kill pests and will therefore have no residual effect.
Natural bed bug treatments
There are things you can do to reduce the number of bed bugs in your home but it would be very difficult for these things to eradicate them completely. Hoovering will reduce numbers, but you would need to empty the hoover into a sealed bag and then place this directly in an outside bin to ensure you do not spread them. Removing infested items of furniture will always reduce your numbers, however you want to make use these items are sealed in the rooms they are in before moving them around to home in order to not spread them.
It can also make it harder to treat bed bugs if there is no furniture as it limits the number of barriers they have to cross to get to us, their food source.
What kills bed bug eggs?
Bed bug eggs can be killed with heat. You can target areas that you can see eggs in with a heat gun or hair dryer. There will be eggs in areas that you can not gain access to.
When you have a chemical spray for bed bugs you will need to wait for the eggs to hatch and the baby bed bugs to come out for a feed to cross the chemical barrier. Bed bug eggs can take up to 18 days to hatch.
How do I stop bed bugs biting me?
Bed bugs must feed every 7-10 days where there is an available food source. You can make it harder for bed bugs to feed from you by covering up but they will find available skin. Once you have a chemical spray bed bugs can take up to 2 hours to die from crossing the chemical. You may still be bitten after a treatment.
What are bed bugs?
Bed bugs are a small brown insect the size of an apple pip. They can not fly or jump. They can only crawl. They feed on only blood. They lay 3-5 eggs a day and these eggs take up to 18 days to hatch. Bed bugs go through 5 life cycles before becoming an adult. They need a blood meal between each life cycle. Females can be impregnated once they are adults. Once a female is impregnated she will continue to lay eggs each day. A happy healthy bed bug can live or up to 6 months.
They poo every time they feed and this is the best evidence to look for when identifying an infestation.
If you do have a possible bed bug infestation please do contact us for free and friendly advice.