Bed bug treatments
- Tamworth, Armidale and the surrounding area
If you wake up in the morning and you have strange bites on your body, often in straight line, it means you have bed bugs. Whether the problem is at home or in a hotel, to get on top a bed bug infestation takes skill, the right products and a thorough treatment - a job for the professional!
What bed bug treatments do we provide?
Bed bugs can be difficult to find and difficult to treat. They are resistant to a number of the insecticides on the market and so can be difficult to kill, which is why we use a combination of treatments. To deal with a bed bug treatment in a home or hotel, we follow the same process
Firstly we carry out a thorough inspection. Not only is it important to find where the bed bugs are in the room where the biting took place, but it is also important to inspect other rooms in the home or hotel to determine whether the infestation has spread. Unless all infested rooms are treated the treatment will not be a success.
Clothes and belongings (eg. bags) need to be removed from the rooms to be treated. But before they are removed, they need to be inspected for bed bugs and then placed in sealed bags. Placing the bags in the sun for 1-2 hours will kill any bed bugs on the items.
We will carry out a treatment as required. This may involved the use of chemical or heat treatments depending on the situation.
For hotels we can also do some basic training for staff to ensure they know what to look for, to spot the early signs of bed bug infestations and what needs to be done if a bed bug infestation is suspected. We can also provide bed bug covers for mattresses (see below)
How to keep bed bugs out of your home or hotel
Keeping bed bugs out of your home
Bed bugs are crawling insects and like to hide in small dark areas, such as in carpets along the edge of rooms and in the corners of the ribbing on mattresses. Many homeowners pick up bed bugs when visiting hotels on their holidays or whilst traveling on business. Here are some tips if you are traveling
- When you first move into your hotel room, place your luggage on the bag holders (not the floor).
- Lift up the sheet covering the mattress and inspect under the ribbing in the corner of the mattress for bed bugs
- If there are no bed bugs, that's a good sign but does not guarantee there are no bed bugs in the room, so its best to keep luggage and clothing off the floor.
- If you suspect you have been to a hotel where there have been bed bugs, when you return home, place your luggage in the garage or on bathroom floor. The bed bugs don't like these surfaces and when they crawl off the luggage they will be easier to see. If you spot anything just call Haynes Pest Management.
- You should also wash all your clothes in as hot a wash as possible or place them in sealed black plastic bags in the sun for 1-2 hours.
Keeping bed bugs out of your hotel
It is virtually impossible to keep bed bugs out of a hotel.... it just depends on whether you are unlucky enough to have a visitor who is unwittingly carrying bed bugs in their luggage. It's important you have bed bug protocols in place which the staff follow to ensure regular inspection for bed bugs whilst changing sheets and a procedure for action if they suspect a bed bug infestation. Haynes Pest Management can help you with this training.
Bed bug mattress protectors are a useful tool in the battle against bed bugs. With mattress protectors installed on each bed you eliminate one of their favourite hiding places and prevent guests getting bitten (which is very important!). However, it will not stop infestations as they can still be hiding elsewhere, which is why inspections are important.
More bed bug information...
- Adult bed bugs are small, about the size of an apple seed
- Young bed bugs look like adults (just smaller).
- It takes about 37 days to develop from an egg to an adult.
- Adult female bed bugs like to wander, laying eggs wherever they go
- Bed bugs like to hide in tight areas near their next meal - bed mattresses, couches, edge of carpets
- But they have also been found in many public areas such as trains, buses, taxis, cinemas, libraries and more
- Bed bugs hide during the day, only coming out at night to feed
- Bed bugs can survive for months without feeding