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Are Bed Bugs Harmful and What to do if You Find Them?
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What are Bed Bugs?

Bed bugs, as the name suggests, are small blood-sucking insects that hide away in dark crevices in and around beds. They tend to crawl out at night and bite exposed skin.

Adult bed bugs are oval-shaped, flat and up to 5mm long and are usually dark yellow, red or brown.

Bedbugs aren’t dangerous and don’t spread any diseases, but if you get bitten it can be itchy or cause an unpleasant reaction.

It is worth knowing that if you are a frequent traveller or commuter, you may be at particular risk from an unwanted travelling companion… Typical “hot spots” for bed bugs are public transport and hotel rooms. Given the apparent increase in a number of people travelling abroad, bed bugs infestations look set to rise!

Are Bed Bug Bites Harmful?

Although Bed bug bites tend to be painless, there is a chance you may experience a reaction to them. This can typically occur from a few minutes after being bitten up to a week or two later. Symptoms of bed bug bites can include:

* Itchy red bumps on your skin (though be wary these may not always be bedbug related)

* Sometimes in more severe cases a bed bug bite may cause a rash or blister (not nice!) As with anything like this, there is a risk that it could become infected if you can’t resist a good old scratch.

The bites usually fade in a few days. But of your symptoms don’t go away within a few days and you do develop signs of a skin infection, you may need antibiotics, so we would always suggest you always go and visit your GP if this is the case.

How to Avoid Bed Bugs

It can be difficult to avoid bedbugs. They can be transported easily in luggage and clothing, and as they are dark in colour they can be very tricky to spot. So, watch out when you next pack your backs coming back from that trip abroad, you may just have a few tiny hitch-hikers packed away in your holdall!

Some tips on how to avoid bed bug include, avoid placing your luggage on the floor, inspect your mattress regularly and avoid buying second-hand mattresses.

What to do if you find bed bugs?

If you are abroad the first thing to do is to place any clothing or sheets in a plastic bag. You should also make sure you inspect your own clothing too to ensure bed bugs haven’t got onto your clothing and if possible you should unpack your clothing outside to avoid spreading the infestation.

If you discover bed bugs at home (or once you get home from your trip) place washable clothing into plastic bags or bin bags and then empty the bag into a washing machine. It is very important not to leave infested clothing lying around the house. We would then advise you place the sheets or clothing on as high a wash was your clothing or sheets can handle, without ruining them.

It is strongly recommended that to successfully treat a bed bug infestation, you call in the help of a professional. It can be extremely hard to get rid of bed bugs completely on your own and even if you wash your clothing it is highly likely you the problem won’t have disappeared.

If you live in the Yorkshire Area and discover you have a bed bug problem give us a call on 01904 819941. We understand you want your pest problem sorting, fast. We provide a highly competitive, super quick response and will leave you pest free in no time at all!