Bed bugs are not something that comes to mind until you are traveling the world, but instead of being a thing of the past, bed bugs are on the rise in the UK and posing a serious pest control problem.
While bed bugs were previously a widespread pest problem in the UK, they had been mostly eradicated from houses, but increased travel has resulted in a fairly quick surge in reports of local infestations in Birmingham, Bristol, London, Manchester, and other areas of the country.
How fast can bed bugs spread?
Bed bugs are one of the most dreadful parasites! They survive by sucking the blood of human hosts. They are nocturnal, which means they feed on our blood as we sleep. Although they cannot transmit serious disease to people, their bites and presence in general can cause allergic responses. Furthermore, their bites induce irritation comparable to that experienced after a mosquito bite. Bed bugs are extremely difficult to detect and can go for weeks without feeding. If there is a bed bug infestation, homeowners should seek expert assistance. However, how rapidly do bed bugs spread?
When it comes to the outdoors, these pests frequently infest bat, bird, and other animal nests. Bed bugs are around 14 inches long, so they may readily enter our houses. They are also capable of entering hotels, guest homes, and residential complexes. When they discover an appropriate place to live, they begin reproducing.
This replication procedure is quite fast. In one day, a female bed bug can lay up to five tiny eggs. Their hatchlings are about the size of a poppy seed. When the young bed bugs hatch, they only require one “portion” of blood to go to the next stage of growth. Bed bugs attain adulthood after about one month, which means they may begin reproducing. On average, one female bed bug may produce a second generation of roughly 200 bugs.
These bugs spread quickly from one location to another. They enter through cracks and gaps in the ceilings, walls, and floors, as well as windows and door frames. It is common to find them in crevices and cracks where they lay their eggs.
How to Detect a Bed Bug
Despite their name, bed bugs may be found almost anywhere. Bed bugs are commonly found on mattresses, bedding, and furniture, but they may also be discovered in fittings and personal objects like bags and children’s toys.
However, it is their propensity of feeding on people’s blood as they sleep that has earned them the moniker “bed bugs.” They will suck blood as people sleep in bed, seeing the human body as a food source and leaving little bite scars where they have eaten.
Because bed bugs may go up to 10 days without eating, they are frequently located not on the bed but in the surrounding area, making removal difficult.
The emergence of little red insect bites on your body is the most visible symptom that you may have a bed bug infestation. These might be many and irritating.
Aside from bites, you may see blood or brown patches on the bed.
Where do bedbugs originate?
Bed bugs are commonly picked up while travelling, which is why the increased travel has been blamed for the rise in bedbugs. People frequently pick up bedbugs at hotels and hostels and then inadvertently bring them home with them, either in their clothes or in their bags.
Although the risk extends to every public location where bedbugs have established themselves, including public transportation and even airplanes.
Insect Control – Bedbug Elimination
Because bedbugs are so difficult to detect and eradicate, the only logical course of action is to seek the assistance of a professional pest control agency.
To destroy any bedbugs, you will also need to wash bedding and garments on high heat or freeze them.
To reduce your risk of exposure, keep your sleeping environment clean and tidy, and remember to vacuum your mattresses on a regular basis.
When returning from a vacation, always inspect your luggage and exercise caution when purchasing used furniture.
If you have a pest infestation in your home or workplace, call Pest Services by Panther for free consultation and quick, dependable assistance.