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Bed Bugs

Frequently Asked Questions

I think I might have bed bugs, what are they like?

Bed bugs are flat, oval shaped insects about 5mm (approx ¼") in length. They are a reddish brown in colour but turn purple after feeding. They are not flying creatures, they can only crawl but can be transported in clothing, luggage and furniture.

What is their habitat?

Most bed bug infestations can be found in domestic premises, usually bedrooms. They hide away in cracks and crevices for most of the time only coming out at night usually before dawn.

How can they be prevented?

You should give special attention to bedding which should be hot washed regularly.

How are bed bugs treated?

The bed bugs are treated with a spray by the Pest Control Officer.

Prior to the visit by the Pest Control Officer you should vacuum your entire house including sofa’s and chairs and clear as much floor space as possible (not the infected furniture).

How long does it take?

Once treatment has been carried out, do not vacuum for a minimum of 10 days and be prepared to see bed bugs for some weeks after. The existing adults will die but eggs may be developing at different times in large numbers, and the emerging adults will die off as they come into contact with the insecticide.

Do I have to throw away all my bedding/beds, etc?

The Pest Control Officer will advise you. This may depend on how severe the infestation is.

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