Bedbugs are one of those things in life that we simply do not wish to talk about or admit to having infestations in our home. Like head lice, the bed bug over the centuries has become a stigma due to myths associated with the bug, such as: only dirty, cluttered homes get bedbugs. Another misconception is that if you find you have a bedbug infestation you have to destroy all infested clothing and furniture. Totally untrue.
Zero Termite and Pest have encountered numerous bedbug infestations on the Sunshine Coast. We understand the sensitive nature of this type of infestation and use our utmost discretion in inspecting and treating these pests.
Over the past few years, Australia has encountered a rise in the infestation of the bedbug and as such, there has also been an insurgence of more myth, bedbug management devices and products. Like the myths, not all of these devices are effective in controlling these pests.
Bedbugs are small, oval shaped insects that live on the blood of humans or animals. An adult can grow to the size of an apple seed. They do not fly but they can move over floors, walls and ceilings very, very quickly. They are a nuisance and do not restrict their breeding activities or infestations to beds alone.
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Bedbugs are commonly also found in carpet, bedroom furniture, behind cornices and wall pictures, in light sockets, couches and chairs. They also like to hide out in bed sheets, pillows, quilts and other linen. The biggest problem with bedbugs (another myth dispelled) is that they do not discriminate between clean or dirty environments… they will set up home wherever they can feed and hide.
Detection of bedbugs can be difficult at times as not all people have reactions to their bite. In fact it can be quite difficult to realise that you have an infestation as these pests secrets a numbing agent within their saliva so not all people even realise they are being bitten.
Due to the exponential ride in infestation over the last ten to fifteen years, bedbug treatment is considered to be of high importance as the infestation can multiply and be transferred to another location quite easily.
If you know or suspect that you have a bedbug infestation, call Zero Termite and Pest on the Sunshine Coast. We will assess your situation with sensitivity, discuss your options with you and formulate an eradication plan.