Bed bugs Perth – outbreaks in Perth and Western Australia are rampant. Bed bug infestations are exploding throughout the Perth metro area. Bed bug bite symptoms can be debilitating. Although you can get rid of bed bugs, they are difficult to control for a variety of reasons. For most infestations, a professional bed bug exterminator that uses the proper treatment techniques and products is needed to eradicate them from your home.

Signs of a bed bug infestation

How do you know if you have bed bugs Perth? Bed bug bites: Bed bugs feed on human blood, biting during the night as this is when bed bugs are most active. Bed bugs typically bite uncovered areas of the body, such as arms, neck, legs and face. Usually, the first sign of a bed bug infestation is bed bug bites, but people often misidentify the bites as mosquito or spider bites, skin rashes or even hives.

Here are other bed bug signs to look for if you suspect you have an infestation:

  • Bed bug bites and live bed bugs, particularly in mattress seams. Adult bed bugs are the size of an apple seed. So you can see them.

  • Dark spots about the size of a pin-head that are bed bug excrement and may “bleed” on fabric much like a marker or felt pen.

  • Eggs and eggshells that are white and about 1 mm in size

  • Skins shed by bed bug nymphs as they grow

  • Rust-colored or reddish stains on bed sheets, mattresses and box springs caused by bed bugs being crushed and by their excrement

Jim’s Termite and Pest Control is a top-rated bed bug exterminator in Perth and Western Australia. People often spend a lot of money on DIY bed bug removal only to find that they are unable to break the cycle and they still get bed bug bites.  Many people unknowingly reintroduce bed bugs into their home once they have had an exterminator eradicate them. Understanding a few basics about bed bugs will help you from bringing then back into your home.

What are the causes of bed bug infestations?

The first question we usually hear is, “How did bed bugs get into my home?” Bed bugs are often called “hitchhikers.” They come into your house on old furniture, luggage, clothing, boxes and other items that are brought into the home. Because bed bugs are so small, reproduce so quickly (a female lays 5-7 eggs per day) and hide in a variety of areas, they often go undetected until they have already established a huge population and the home owners experience bed bug bites.

How to prevent bed bugs

Knowledge is the best way to prevent a bed bug infestation and bed but bites in your home. Here are a few recommendations that will help you to reduce the likelihood of a bed bug infestation:

  • Check used beds, couches and other furniture, including wood furniture, for bed bug signs before bringing them into your home

  • Wash secondhand clothing or bedding before bringing them into the house to prevent nasty bed bug bites

  • Buy a high-quality protective cover that encases your mattress

  • Reduce clutter in the home to reduce hiding places for bed bugs

When travelling:

  • Check the hotel mattress and headboard before bringing your luggage into the room or sleeping in the room, unless you want a bed bug bite to be the first sign

  • Use luggage racks for suitcases rather than setting them on the floor or bed

  • When you return home, unpack directly into a washing machine and immediately wash your clothes

  • Inspect luggage carefully for signs of bed bugs

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