Bed Bug Treatment Guide
About Bed Bugs
Bed bugs are wingless, oval-shaped insects that are brown in colour and around 4-5mm in length. Bed bugs are nocturnal and will feed off the blood of a host at night, they prefer feeding off humans but will also bite dogs, cats, rodents, and birds. Adult Bed bugs can live without a blood meal for up to 1 year.
As Bed bugs require a host to feed off of a night bed bugs live near where humans sleep and will infest areas such as bedding, mattresses, bedroom furniture, underneath loose wallpaper, in carpet and cracks of floorboards and wall cracks/ crevices.
Why are Bed bugs a problem?
The bed bug’s bite can cause swelling and itching of the skin. Because Bed bugs feed from our blood of a night-time they can cause great irritation and discomfort to ourselves and family members while sleeping. Depending on the severity of the infestation this can lead to sleepless nights as well as, in more severe cases, secondary skin infections caused from repetitive itching at the site of the bite.
Inspecting for Bed bugs
Inspect your home focusing on the bedrooms inspect mattresses, bedroom furniture, underneath loose wallpaper, in carpet and cracks of floorboards and wall cracks/ crevices as these areas are likely to be where the bedbugs are hiding. Bed bugs can be hard to see as they are quite small aside from detecting live bedbugs you may also notice evidence of bedbug activity including small blood stains on bedding and mattresses, bedbug droppings – these appear as a brown/black spots on mattresses, bedding and walls. An odour may also be evident in heavy infestations, this smell is described as an unpleasant musty odour.
- Wash all bedding and affected clothing, dry in clothes dryer on a hot setting
- Thoroughly vacuum infested area including mattresses
- As far as practicable, remove items such as unnecessary furniture that could provide hiding places for bedbugs and eliminate cracks and crevices which they can hide in
How to Kill Bed Bugs
Apply Coopex Residual Insecticide at a rate of 25 g / 2.5 per 5 L water to cracks and crevices in adjacent walls, bed frames, mattresses focusing on areas where bedbug activity has been found.
Always read product label prior to use.