Mattresses & Base Sets
On any given day, you might unwittingly bring bed bugs into your home; the likelihood of this increases drastically if you list your home on Air B&B or run a small guesthouse too. When it comes to bedbugs, it’s important to know what to look out for and how to prevent it…
What exactly are bed bugs?
Bed bugs are small, flat, reddish-brown insects that grow to about 5mm in length. As they are found everywhere – from schools to offices and shopping centres – bed bugs spread extremely easily, often stowing away in clothing, luggage and other belongings. This means that every time you leave your home – no matter how clean it is – there is the chance that you could bring bedbugs back inside with you! Once inside the house, bedbugs have numerous favourite hiding places: mattresses and headboards, bed bases… even in cracks and crevices in the wall.
Bedbugs feed on human blood, usually at night, while you are sleeping. After feeding, their bodies swell and and they crawl back to their hiding places, often undetected. When you wake up in the morning, you might be forgiven for thinking that you have been bitten by mosquitoes or fleas instead. Unfortunately, over a lifetime, female bedbugs may lay hundreds of eggs (about the size of a speck of dust), which only exacerbates the problem.
Tell-tale signs of bedbugs:
How to get rid of bedbugs:
The good news is that it is easy to get rid of bedbugs – either as a treatment… or as a preventative measure. Just follow these 10 steps.