Bed bugs are very small creatures that generally appear while you are sleeping. This is why you’ll find it difficult to see them or know that you are transporting them. Unfortunately they are also very tough and multiply very quickly.
In fact the first clue that you have bed bugs will be when you notice small spots that are usually very itchy; these are where the bed bugs have been feeding on you overnight.
In general bed bugs do not carry disease but they are a nuisance as you’ll be very itchy and may struggle to sleep properly.
Although the bites will alert you to the presence of bed bugs it is better to check your bed sheets. Bed bugs will leave a reddish stain on the sheets; this is where you’ve crushed them as you sleep. There will also be tiny dark spots which are the excrements passed by the bugs as they feed on you.
Spotting them is not always easy as they are about the same width as a credit card and can hide anywhere that you could slide a credit card in. That’s why it is so important to get assistance from a pest control expert if you think you have an issue. If you fail to spot one hiding place the infestation will simply start again.
It is easier to prevent the infestation by not bringing the bed bugs home with you:
Carry The Tools
If you’re staying away from home then you need to take a black bin bag and a flashlight with you. Any clothes you have worn in the place you stayed need to be placed into the bag; which must be sealed shut.
When you get home these will need to be put straight into the washing machine and then dried on a high heat; this heat will kill the bed bugs.
The flashlight will allow you to look in the bed and the surrounding areas for any sign of bed bugs.
Don’t forget that they can fit in the smallest of gaps; you may not know they are there until it’s too late.
Your suitcase must be kept above the floor, the higher the better and away from your clothing and sheets. You should also keep it zipped. In fact you could keep it sealed inside a plastic bag; this will ensure the bed bugs can’t hitch a ride home in your suit case.
It’s also a good idea to leave your luggage in the garage when you get home. This will allow you to remove the clothes and wash them straight away and prevent any bed bugs on the suitcase from getting into your home.
Change Your Clothes
You should also get into the habit of changing your clothes as soon as you get home. Bed bugs can hitchhike onto public transport and then hitchhike home with you. Changing your clothes will reduce the chances of them getting into your home.