Bedbugs

How to spot bedbugs

Bedbugs are small blood sucking insects that can live in dark cracks in and around your bed.

Attracted by your body heat, they crawl out at night to bite your skin and feed on your blood, just as mosquitoes do.

Spotting them can be difficult, but the first place to look at is your mattress and nearby furniture like bedside tables. Use a torch to see if you can spot any.

Signs of bedbugs include:

  • itchy bites or bumps that appear after being in bed
  • black spots on your mattress, bed frame, skirting boards and other furniture – this could be their dried faeces
  • small blood spots on your sheets where you may have rolled over and squashed a bug

Treat bedbugs yourself

It can be very difficult to get rid of bedbugs yourself, so it’s wise to get professional help.

If you want to try treating the bedbugs you can:

  • wash bed sheets at 60 degrees or put them in a dryer on a hot setting for 30 minutes to kill the bugs
  • use a vacuum cleaner to suck up any bugs you can see
  • use an insecticide spray made for bedbugs – always read instructions on the label

We cannot be held responsible for any damage, loss or injury caused by following this advice.

If you’ve been bitten by bedbugs you can read more about treatments for itching and visit your doctor if necessary.

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Prevention tips

It can be difficult to prevent bedbugs as they can be brought into a property easily.

To try and prevent bedbugs you can:

  • inspect your mattress regularly for signs and take action if needed
  • avoid buying second-hand mattresses
  • replace old beds you might be using in rented accommodation
  • keep your bedroom tidy, especially under your bed, to reduce the amount of hiding places for bedbugs

Find out more about how to prevent bedbugs.

Contact us

Contact pest control by phone on 01634 283 215.