Wednesday, 7 October 2015

How to Detect Bed Bugs at Home?





As soon as you hear the word bed bugs, many might conjure up images of dirty homes littered with food, dirt, and general poor housekeeping. That is very far from the truth as anyone living in Singapore can have bedbugs, from the poor, to middle class and the rich families. Not only Hotels and Guest lodgings have the danger of having bed bugs either.

Traveling business individuals that frequently sleep in different beds and other countries unknowingly bring those critters back to their own bed in Singapore. It hides in luggage, clothing, and any item that were exposed to any part of your luggage. Visitors also bring in infested shoes, baggage, clothing and more. If you recently moved to Singapore or had furniture or boxes delivered to your home, you could also unknowingly had a bed bug delivery.

Where Do Bed Bugs Hide?

It is possible to find bed bugs almost anywhere as they can live without food for up to one year, but you would usually find them close to your sleeping quarters. It is a bed bug, after all and aptly named as it lives inside beds and bedding and feed while the bed’s occupants are sleeping and at night. Look at some of a bed bug’s prominent hiding places on their way to your bed:
· Beds
· Bedding
· Box springs of your bed
· Under tags, buttons and in seams of mattresses
· Headboards, bed frame, foot board
· Any cracks, corners, or screw holes in the bed’s frame
· Nearby bedroom furniture, dressers, nightstands, curtains, window sills, baseboard heaters, drawers and luggage in the bedroom
· * Recliners, sofas and upholstered furniture

When to Suspect That You Have Bed Bugs at Home
The best protection against bed bugs especially if you are a frequent traveler, have a frequent traveler in your household or have visitors from other places visiting you in Singapore, is looking for these signs:
· A sudden appearance of red, itchy skin welts in the morning
· Dried remains of possible shed skin of bed bugs
· Tiny dark spots on either the bedding, the bed box or mattress that appears to be droppings of some kind
· Small smears that appear to be blood, from a crushed insect

You have to keep in mind that other insect bites such as mosquitos, ticks, fleas, and many other can leave you with bites that look similar to that of bed bugs. When you have bites alone, it is not an indication that you have a bed bug infestation.

How Do You Detect Bed Bugs at Home?
As soon as bed bugs enter your home and remember they cannot fly, they will look for another hiding place apart from their entry point, which we established earlier by personal and unintentional transportation to your home. These places can also mean under wallpaper and switch plates apart from beds and bedding, but their goal is beds as they live of blood.
A female can carry eggs into your home as well aside from the creatures multiplying at a terrifying speed. Hundreds of bugs can be living inside your home before you notice anything indicating that you have an infestation. If you notice any of the above-mentioned signs, which will more likely, be bites that was not present before you went to bed without any signs of other insects in your home it is time to start an investigation in your bedroom.
You need to familiarize yourself with a bed bug’s behavior and feeding patterns as well as conditions then it will be easier to detect them. While they feed on your blood for example, it is common for them to leave droppings, which turn into blood smears as the feces is in fact blood. This is often the best method of detection especially when you use lighter bedding or white sheets on your bed.
Removing all your bedding, you need to look for physical evidence apart from live bed bugs itself, as this might prove to be more of a problem, as they would hide away. Turning on your light at night or actually setting an alarm clock to wake up before daylight and using a flashlight on your sheets might sound cloak and dagger, but remember that is their feeding time. However, do this for two weeks as they could go without food for a period and simply do not feed on that particular night.


Bed Bug Habit and Behavior
You have to know your enemy in order to destroy it and in this instance, understanding bed bug habits and behavior will make it easier to detect. Their living, feeding and reproduction times and cycles aid in finding an infestation before it escalates into a full-blown infestation. Continuous monitoring of bed bug presence will also prevent further bed bug problems after you got a bed bug specialist to clear your home.

Living Conditions:
· Tropical bed bugs love Singapore’s temperatures, as they require higher average temperatures than common bed bugs
· Common bed bugs are found anywhere that humans can live
· A bed bug can remain active and survive in temperatures as low as 46 degree Fahrenheit and high temperatures of 112 degrees Fahrenheit

Reproducing:
· An egg to life cycle take about a month
· A female lays between one and three eggs a day
· In order to reproduce eggs both female and male bed bugs have to feed at least once in two weeks
· A bed bug must have a meal in order to develop to one of their six life stages

Feeding:
· Bed bugs prefer human blood, but it is not uncommon or them to feed of birds and mammals
· They will travel from their usual hiding spot anywhere between five and twenty feet to feed
· A typical feed takes from three to twelve minutes
· When very hungry they will seek food, that is your blood in daylight but primarily feed during the night

As soon as you established that you have a bed bug infestation in your lovely home in Singapore, immediately contact the specialists, as you will have an even harder time getting rid of them yourself than it was to detect them.