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Bed Bugs Eastern Suburbs

For a Facts Sheet on Bed Bugs from the Department of Medical Entomology, click here.

If you are concerned that you have bed bugs in your bed, do not try to remove your mattress from your home yourself. Dragging a mattress through the house is likely to spread the infestation. Instead, keep everything stored in that one location. You can add a plastic cover to the mattress to try and contain the problem, but you will need to be seen by a pest control specialist promptly.

Bed Bugs - Bed Bug - Cimex lectulariusIf you believe you have a bed bug problem, it is possible to help control the population by washing your clothes and bedding. However, you have to be careful when doing so. Put all of your clothing into a plastic bag. Seal it up to take it to the laundry room. Wash it all in the hottest water possible and then dry it in a dryer on high heat. Although this may help with the problem, it is unlikely to fix it.  Remember that it is very hard to kill bed bugs on your own, so your best bet is to call in the professionals without delay.

Although there are many do-it-yourself methods for other pests in your home, this particular pest can become an extreme problem very fast, and getting rid of bed bugs once they become established can be a major exercise. This is because they are very hearty bugs that can survive many conditions so they are best dealt with by fumigation of some description. Fumigation guarantees that both the bugs and their eggs are killed.

Believe it or not, it could be necessary to throw away all of your upholstered furniture if you find that you have a significant case of these pests in your house.  These creatures multiply extremely quickly. Additionally, it can be next to impossible to kill every single one. If you want to be sure that they do not come back you should remove everything from your home that they could be living in.  Are you beginning to see why it is important not to spend time trying to figure out how to kill bed bugs yourself, but to seek professional assistance – fast?

How Bed Bugs Can Get Into Your Home

Bed bugs (and many other pests) can hide for weeks without food in a couch, mattress or upholstered chair. For this reason, you need to be very careful if you are intending to buy used furniture for your home.  And there is a common misconception that only hotels and rooming houses are affected.  Although this may once have been the case, these pests are becoming very prevalent in a variety of settings, including homes and business and commercial premises.

Fleas, bed bugs, cockroaches and other pests can  also be carried from place to place. So be careful who you allow to come and stay in your home! Your guests may even have picked up these nasties while staying with other friends, or in a hotel if they are travelling around.

Vacuuming your home on at least a weekly basis is the best way to get rid of a variety of pests. Use your vacuum cleaner on your mattress as well as your floors. Replace the vacuum cleaner bag regularly and invest in a quality carpet cleaning mousse if you want to disinfect your entire home efficiently.

But again, once you have an infestation, bed bugs treatment is not something you want to try yourself, or delay in having done.  As you can see, the question of how to get rid of bed bugs is not a simple one, and you should always leave bed bugs control to the professionals

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