People traveling abroad or shopping for used furniture can risk taking bed bugs with home with them. Bed bugs are blood-sucking parasites and like humans. Common symptoms of a bite is swelling and redness along with itching.
Bed bugs (Cimex lectularius) are the size of an apple seed, 4-5 mm. The female lays 1-5 eggs a day. When the bed bug is hatched after 1-2 weeks, it can start sucking blood immediately. An empty bed bug is transparent while it becomes reddish brown when it has been sucking blood. If the bed bug have lack of food it can go dormant for up to a year. Then it is no thicker than a credit card and is very difficult to detect. Bed bugs can easily hide in everything from beds to sofas, picture frames, curtains, wheel chairs, radios and smoke detectors. Other places it can be is behind baseboards and loose wallpaper or storage boxes and books.
During the day they live in crevices in the bedsteads or furniture. At dusk they come and seek a suitable host, often a sleeping person, to suck blood from. You cannot get rid of bed bugs on your own.
You can avoid them, by:
- Being careful when you take home used furniture
- Never keeping your suitcase open on the floor when you are on holiday
- Not keeping your suitcase in the vicinity of the hotel room bed
- Leaving your empty suitcase out (e.g. garage, back porch) for a short period of time before bringing it inside your home
- Washing clothes at 60 degrees
- Add objects you think are bed bug infested in the freezer for at least 24 hours
Common bed bug questions:
Are bed bugs dangerous?
The sting from a bedbug is not painful but some people develop an allergic reaction to the bed bug’s saliva as it injects during the meal. The sting causes itching, redness and swelling but can be difficult to distinguish from mosquitoes or horse-flies at first sight. Bed bugs do not cause any material damage, but cause a lot of physical and psychological discomfort for people who are afflicted.
Can I get rid of bed bugs on my own?
There are no quick solutions to get rid of bed bugs. In order to effectively sanitize bed bugs without using heavy pesticides, a lot of knowledge is required about what makes bed bugs thrive and multiply. At Flick Anticimex we have, in addition to our many years of experience, the latest and most effective combat methods and tools such as heat and freezing. To get successful results, time, resources and cooperation is required amongst all parties involved.
How do bed bugs spread?
Bed bugs can crawl into your luggage and accompany you home from a trip abroad. Once there, they can spread even further, for example, through used furniture, suitcases and backpacks. A bed bug cannot jump or fly, but will move around crawling. They can also spread further within a building by walking through cavities to nearby people and areas.
Tips and tricks for before and after treatment:
- Before treatment, remove objects, vacuum and clean so it’s easy to inspect. No major cleaning! Do not move around furniture and mattresses during the treatment process.
- Follow the advice that our technicians provide in connection with treatment process, by doing so you increase the possibility for faster results.
- Do not enter the treatment area within 2 hours after completed treatment. Children under 2 years old or people who are sensitive should not go into the sanitized area within 24 hours after treatment. When the substance used in the treatment has dried (can take up to 24 hours), the sanitized areas can be used again. Items that have been removed can be put back in place.
- Do not swab or vacuum the sanitized areas for 5-6 weeks. The substance that was used during the treatment shall remain and have effect on the insects which come in contact with treated areas.
- Treatment of textiles: wash over 60°C (see tips on washing); or freeze at -18°C for a week; or heat by tumble drying for about 50 minutes.