In today’s environment of social media and instant online reviews, all it takes is for one guest to encounter a bed bug while sleeping and your business reputation is put at risk, and your revenue negatively impacted. Although most commonly found in commercial environments such as hotels, dormitory type facilities and other public venues such as cinemas, it’s not uncommon to find bed bugs in your home.
Bed bugs are often introduced into domestic environments by a family member returning home from holidays and purchasing infested second hand furniture . All it takes is for one single surviving female bed bug to be brought home with you in your luggage or clothes after your holiday, and it can have a devastating impact on your family.
Although bedbugs don’t seem to be involved with any serious disease transmission, the bites of bedbugs can prove very irritating. If you think you have bed bugs, by engaging a professional pest control company is the quickest and most effective way to remove this unwanted pest.
How to identify if you have Bed Bugs
The activity of bedbugs in premises is usually detected by irritation caused to sleepers, although blood spots on the sheets may be the first indication. Other signs you may have bed bugs include:
Small blood spots: small blood spots on bedding sheets
Sickly scent: sweet sickly scent in the air
Irritable skin: small red spots on the skin
Dark black stains: on the mattress and especially around stitching
Visual: bed bugs can be sighted after they have had their first blood feed and often are found harbouring around mattress seams, bedframe and bedhead crevices, skirting boards, inside electrical sockets and fittings, inside drawers and cupboards, cracks in plasterboard and in carpet and underlay
Bed Bug Species
The most commonly found bed bug species in the Philippines is the Cimex Lectularius and Cimex Hemipterus. These types of bedbugs adapt to any weather environment and it doesn’t take long, especially with the Cimex Lectularius species, for an infestation to reach epidemic proportions. The key to controlling any bed bug infestation is early detection and immediate treatment by a professional pest controller like Ecokil.
It’s important to note that if you think you have bedbugs you need to engage an experienced and professional pest control company like Ecokil. Preventing bedbugs from spreading into other areas of the premise is an important process in controlling bed bug infestations.
Preparation: The most important process in any bed big treatment is preparing the area to be treated and removing bed heads of walls, removing power sockets of walls, lifting carpet and cleaning bedding, linens, curtains, and clothing in hot water and dry them on the highest dryer setting
Residual Spray: Application of a combination of residual sprays and crack and crevice aerosols is the most common treatment method.
Follow Up Treatment: After the initial treatment, a follow treatment is required to ensure that all bed bugs that have hatched are eliminated. It takes 5 to 7 days for bed bug eggs to hatch and transform into nymphs and this is why a follow up treatment is required.