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Don_t Let the Bed Bugs Bite
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Bed bugs, unfortunately, are experiencing a renaissance. For a while it seemed they had been eradicated, but they have recently made a come-back Ė spreading quickly Ė especially in big cities.

Here are some top tips from Croydon pest control experts, Envirosafe for dealing with bed bugs, whether at home or while travelling:

What are bed bugs?

Bed bugs are small, parasitic insects that feed solely on the blood of people and animals while they sleep. They are reddish-brown in colour and canít fly. But they can live for several months without a blood meal. Bed bugs are not generally considered a health hazard, as they donít spread disease.

Are those bed bug bites?

You may wake up some mornings with small, reddish bite marks on your skin. They can be random or appear in a straight line. Confusingly, the bite marks can be similar to those caused by mosquitoes, fleas or spiders. Bed bugs are very good at hiding, so you probably wonít spot them, but if you are actually dealing with an infestation, you will soon notice other telltale signs, such as the molted skins of the nymphs, rusty-coloured or black spots on your bedding, or even the actual bed bugs, once you start lifting your mattress.

If your home has been infected

Doing it yourself will first of all mean cleaning your bedroom and possibly your whole house in a meticulous fashion. Depending on how severe the problem is, you may have to get rid of your mattress altogether. Take everything in your bedroom apart and clean it thoroughly. Wash and dry all bedding at the highest temperature possible.

Watch out for bed bugs when travelling

Donít feel guilty when discovering bed bugs in your home. You may have inadvertently brought them home with you from your last trip. Bed bugs can now be found in luxury hotels and unfortunately they are great travellers. On the road, make sure you check your hotel room carefully for any sign of bed bug invasion before calling it a night, and request a bug-free room if you find anything suspicious.

While bed bugs may be on the move, you now have some good options for keeping them out of your life.

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