Thursday, 15 November 2012

It's not a goodnight, I'm not sleeping tight. Is it the bed-bugs that bite?

Bed-bugs or fleas?

I've heard a lot about bed-bugs recently. Have I got them?

First things first. Let's see if you're in a high risk category. 
  1. Do you live in an inner city apartment?
  2. Have you been overseas recently and stayed in a hotel, motel or back packers?
  3. Have you had anyone staying with you recently? Did they stay in a hotel, motel or back packers?
  4. Have you bought any second hand furniture? Particularly beds or couches?
If you answer yes to any of the following questions you are in a high risk category.

If not, it's more likely you've got fleas. Check out our recent blog article about the flea life-cycle for more information about fleas.

If you answered yes to any one of the above questions then here's where you need to look to see if you've got anything obvious.

  1. Sheets and pillows. FORGET IT, you'll never, ever find bed-bugs there unless they're very sick or dead.
  2. The mattress seams..... maybe but not very usually unless it's a bad infestation.
  3. The bed-base. Absolutely! Particularly at the head end of the bed.
Why the head end of the bed? Well bed-bugs like somewhere where they're going to be undisturbed during the day, somewhere very close to their food source when they come out in the wee small hours of the morning when everything is quiet. Somewhere close to what attracts them.....your body heat and the carbon dioxide in your breath.

Your beds' base is the perfect habitat!

So what do you need to look for? If it's an advanced infestation the signs will be obvious in your bed-base;
  1. Adult bed-bugs. Usually reddy brown and about the size of a short grain of rice hiding under material coverings, wood slats or in the head board.
  2. Blood spotting on the bed base. This is the bed-bugs faeces.
  3. Very, very small white eggs gathered around other signs of bed-bugs.
However unless the infestation is advanced it's usually not that easy to spot a bed-bug infestation. Early infestations are harder to spot as bed-bugs are masters of hide and seek and may leave little trace of their presence.

Bed-bugs are very, very hard to get rid of. The best option is to get a professional pest controller who has bed-bug experience to look at the situation and offer advice on what you have and what you need to do to eradicate the problem.

The team at Bug king are experts at bed-bug extermination. Check out our recent coverage in the NZ Herald and on TV3's morning show.

If you need advice on a possible bed-bug infestation please feel free to give the team at Bug King a call.

The team at Bug King/Chimney King