Bed Bug Treatment and Prevention
A common pest once associated with unhygienic surroundings, is now prevalent due to increased travel and therefore spreading the bed bug from country to country. These bugs still occur with regularity, particularly in multi-occupancy buildings with rapid resident turnover, for example, hostels, hotels, holiday camps and blocks of flats. The early stages of the bed bug (nymphs) are hard to detect with the naked eye, making it hard to identify an infestation before biting occurs.
The adult bug resembles a small brown disc, about 6 mm long - the size of a match head. It is wingless but the legs are well developed and it can crawl up most vertical surfaces, e.g. bed legs. The elongated eggs are cemented in cracks or crevices close to the hosts (which for bed bugs are humans).
The young resemble the adult and grow by moulting. Each nymphal stage needs one full meal of blood before it proceeds to the next stage. Fully-grown bed bugs can endure starvation for up to a year in some cases.
Did you know:
Bed bugs take 3-10 minutes to complete feeding on you at night while you’re asleep in bed?
If exposed anyone can bring them home and quickly introduce a problem, as they breed at a phenomenal rate. Bed bugs are a notoriously complex problem to deal with. Therefore, experience is essential for safe, rapid and efficient bed bug treatment and elimination.
When dealing with these hardy pests it is important you gain professional help and advice on treating bed bug infestations, as thorough searching and investigation is required. Failed treatments will occur if the investigation and preparation is not thorough.
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