9 things you never knew about bed bugs

9 things you never knew about bed bugs

Bed bugs are biting back, infesting households across the UK. In this article, we uncover the things you never knew about bed bugs.

9 Facts about Bed Bugs

  1. An adult bed bug can survive for up to a year without a meal

    If you want to prevent the spread of bed bugs make sure you keep your mattresses covered with a bed bug protector for at least a year and keep a close eye out for bugs in cracks and crevasses around you home. Therefore it’s always best to seek professional help and use mattress and bedding protectors.

  2. They don’t spread diseases

    Despite being blood feeders, like mosquitoes, bed bugs don’t transmit harmful diseases.

  3. A female bed bug can produce up to 500 eggs within two months

    Females can produce hundreds of eggs allowing an infestation to spread rapidly throughout the home.

  4. A bed bug cannot jump or fly

    Bed bugs do not have wings and are not able to jump large distances as fleas can. Bed bugs move by crawling.

  5. They can be found in both clean and dirty homes

    As long as there is a readily available source of food (humans or pets) Bed bugs aren’t picky about where they reside. They will hide in cracks.

  6. They aren’t just found in beds

    Contrary to what their name suggests, bed bugs are found in all areas of the home, including carpets, curtains and floorboards.

  7. Don’t just bite at night

    Bed bugs are attracted to you by the carbon dioxide you breathe and your body warmth. As a result, they are opportunistic feeders and will bite whenever they can – so you are at risk even if you work nights!

  8. You won’t feel a bed bug bite

    When a bed bug bites you it excretes a small amount of anaesthetic and feeding can last between 4 and 12 minutes. Many people don’t have a reaction to the bite until days later when it swells into a small red, itchy spot. Read more signs you’ve got bed bugs here.

  9. You might have been bitten by a bed bug without knowing it

    Not everyone has a skin reaction to bed bugs bites so you could have them without knowing. There are several signs that you might have bed bugs, including small brown dots on your bedding from their faeces or dried blood, or insect skins.

For more information and advice about bed bugs and other sleep issues, visit the SlumberSlumber sleep clinic.

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The difference between bed bugs and mites

What are the differences between bed bugs and mites?

Bed bugs and dust mites are organisms found in the home that can cause skin irritation and allergies but there are many differences between bed bugs and mites. Bed bugs are often confused for dust mites and the allergic reaction caused by dust mite faeces is regularly mistaken for the reaction caused by bed bug bites. In this article, we uncover the differences between bed bugs and dust mites, the ways you can protect yourself and your family from them and how to spot them.

What are dust mites and what do dust mites look like?

Dust mites are microscopic spiders, barely visible to the naked eye. They have translucent bodies, eight legs and are less than half a millimetre long.

What are bed bugs and what do bed bugs look like?

Bed bugs are nocturnal parasitic bugs with six legs, have flat bodies and are a brown-reddish colour. They do not jump or fly but crawl across surfaces. Although very small, they are visible to the naked eye. There are a number of signs you might have bed bugs including small brown stains on your bedding from bed bug faeces or red dots from where a bed bug has been crushed.

Where do you find dust mites and what do dust mites eat?

Dust mites are found in all areas of the home, but particularly in bedrooms and kitchens. Dust mites live on dead skins cells shed from humans and their pets. They love damp areas, so thrive in pillows and bedding, which absorb moisture from the skin while you sleep. If you want to prevent dust mites, make sure you wash your covers regularly, replace pillows and duvets every few years and use bedding protectors.

Where do you find bed bugs and what do bed bugs eat?

Bed bugs are mainly found in the bedroom, they survive in small crevices around your bed, including bedding, headboards, wooden bed frames, mattresses and carpets. Mostly active at night, bed bugs are attracted to the carbon dioxide and warmth you produce, biting your exposed skin to feed on your blood. Bed bug infestations can spread very quickly with females producing hundreds of eggs, so if you think you might have them you can find out how to eliminate bed bugs here.

Are dust mites and bed bugs dangerous to human health?

Dust mites and bed bugs are not known to transmit any human diseases but both can cause skin reactions. Dust mites do not bite, but the faeces and secretions they leave behind can cause a number of allergic reactions including:

  • eczema and skin rashes
  • asthma
  • sneezing and runny nose
  • itchy, red or watery eyes

Not everyone will have a reaction to a bed bug bite so you may not be aware that you have them. Bed bug bites tend to occur on areas which are exposed while you sleep such as ankles, wrists and neck. Bites tend to be red and normally occur in clusters or lines. They can be painful and itchy and sometimes do not surface until up to two weeks after you have been bitten. Minor bites can be treated with antihistamines but see your GP if you are worried or in pain.

How do I protect myself from dust mites and bed bugs?

Dust mites are, of course, associated with dust, so cleaning duvets and vacuuming regularly can help minimise dust mites. Bed bugs, however, are mostly associated with areas of high footfall, such as hotels and hostels, and are not more likely to occur in a ‘dirty’ home. We explain how to check for bed bugs here. Duvet covers, mattress covers and pillow covers are the best way to protect yourself from dust mites and bed bugs, as they create a physical barrier between the organism and your skin and help prevent them spreading. You can find products that eliminate and prevent the spread of bed bugs here. For more information and advice about bed bugs and other sleep issues, visit the SlumberSlumber sleep clinic.

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It’s important to remember that bed bugs can be found anywhere, from the homes of the rich and famous to well-established hotels. Follow our step by step guide and discover how you can check for bed bugs! Prepare before you check Move all clothing out of the way. If...

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What are bed bug bites and how to prevent them?

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Signs that you have bed bugs

Signs that you have bed bugs

Bed bugs have the ability to feed on you without waking you. This is because they inject a numbing agent into your body which prevents you from feeling their bite.

Symptoms of bed bug bites vary from person to person. As a result, not everyone will react from a bed bug bite, whereas, others will suffer from itchy red bumps one to nine days after being bitten. Bed bugs bites are most often found on the face, neck, hand or arm. If there is a bed bug infestation, people often become increasingly sensitive to their bites. If you are being repeatedly being bitten then the itchy welts may appear in seconds.

Unlike lice and the mites that cause scabies, bed bugs do not live on humans. Instead, they come out of hiding and feed on human blood for 4 to 12 minutes.

Bed bugs bites can often be confused for mosquito bites. However, mosquito bites are usually random in pattern, while in contrast bed bugs bites frequently occur in straight lines.

How do you know you have bed bugs?

  • Do you have an unexplained skin rash or itchy bump?
  • Are there any black spots on your mattress? This could be their dried faeces.
  • Can you see mottled shells that bed bugs could have shed?
  • Eggs and eggshells, which are tiny (about 1mm)
  • Have you noticed red spots on your bedding where you may have squashed a bug?
  • Can you see any live bed bugs?
  • Is there an unpleasant, musty odour from the bugs’ scent glands?

How do you check for bedbugs?

Follow our step by step guide for how to check for bed bugs.

Symptoms

The first sign of bed bugs may be itchy, red bites on the skin, usually on the arms or ankles. Due to this, most people don’t know they have been bitten until the next day when they notice one or more of the following:

  • Several welts, often appearing in a line that zigzags
  • Welts that itch intensely
  • Specks of blood on the bedding

The bites may not itch right away, as it can take time for your body to develop a reaction to the bites. Therefore some people develop itchy welts within a few days of the first bites, but it can take as long as 14 days before the bites itch.

Take a look at our products for bed bugs that really work.

For more information and advice about bed bugs and other sleep issues, visit the SlumberSlumber sleep clinic.

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How do you kill bed bugs?

How do you kill bed bugs?

If you’ve spotted the tell-tale signs of bed bugs, here’s our advice on how to eliminate bed bugs.

Getting rid of bed bugs usually requires chemical treatments. Treating your bed and bedroom with insecticides can be harmful, so it is important to use products that can be used safely in bedrooms. Do not treat mattresses and bedding unless the label specifically says you can use them on bedding.

It is highly recommended that you hire an experienced pest control professional for bed bug extermination.

How do you get rid of bedbugs naturally?

Getting rid of bedbugs begins with cleaning up the places where bedbugs live.

This should include the following:

  • Wash bedding, linens, curtains, and clothing in hot water and dry them on the highest dryer setting.
  • For items that can’t be washed such as, stuffed animals and shoes, place on a high dryer setting for 30 minutes.
  • To remove bedbugs and their eggs use a stiff brush to scrub mattress seams before vacuuming.
  • Vacuum your bed and surrounding area frequently but once finished place the vacuum cleaner bag in a plastic bag and put in an outside bin
  • Use a zippered mattress protector to keep bedbugs from entering or escaping. Bedbugs may live up to 12 months without feeding, so keep the cover on your mattress for up to a year to make sure all bugs in the mattress are dead. Here are some bed bug encasement products that actually work.
  • Repair any cracks in plaster and glue down loose wallpaper to reduce the number of places bed bugs can hide.
  • Remove any clutter from around your bed.
  • If your mattress is infested, you may want to get rid of it and get a new one, but take care to eradicate bed bugs from the rest of your home or they will infect your new mattress.

Will bed bugs come back?

With the help of a professional, thorough cleaning and the use of mattress encasements you should be able to eradicate bed bugs at your property without disposing of mattresses and furniture.

After a professional has visited the property, vacuum regularly and dispose of the vacuum bag straight away to ensure all of the eggs, shells and bugs have been removed.

Keep mattress and bedding encasements on your bedding for up to a year in order to prevent re-infestation of your bedding.

For more information and advice about bed bugs and other sleep issues, visit the SlumberSlumber sleep clinic.

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It’s important to remember that bed bugs can be found anywhere, from the homes of the rich and famous to well-established hotels. Follow our step by step guide and discover how you can check for bed bugs! Prepare before you check Move all clothing out of the way. If...

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What are bed bug bites and how to prevent them?

What are bed bugs? Cimex lectularius, the common bed bug is a small blood-sucking insect that can live in cracks and crevices in and around your bed. Bed bugs are brown, flat, oval-shaped insects that crawl out at night to bite your exposed skin and feed on your...
How to check for bed bugs

How to check for bed bugs

It’s important to remember that bed bugs can be found anywhere, from the homes of the rich and famous to well-established hotels.

Follow our step by step guide and discover how you can check for bed bugs!

Prepare before you check

  1. Move all clothing out of the way. If you’re in a hotel room, ensure your luggage and belongings are off the floor and away from the walls and furniture. We suggest placing all items into a clean bathtub.
  2. You will need a torch and a credit card before you begin your check.

How to check for bed bugs

  1. Start examining your bed linen by removing all bedding
  2. Run your torch over the bed sheet to look for any evidence of excrement or blood stains. However, there may not be any signs if the bedding has just been changed
  3. Examine the surface of the mattress using the torch, once again looking for excrement and bloodstains, as well as for bed bugs skins that may have been shed and eggs
  4. Take a credit card to run along the mattress seam, whilst holding it open to investigate with your torch. Look out for live bed bugs, skins or excrement
  5. Use the same process on buttons, traps and tags on the mattress
  6. Watch out for bed bugs whilst you flip your mattress and check all around the bed frame as you do so. It is recommended that this is done by two people to avoid strain or injury
  7. Move the bed away from the wall and use the torch to look for fleeing bugs, or stains of excrement or signs of blood spots
  8. Bed bugs may also be hiding in the crevices between pieces of wood or in the holes of screws, so ensure you thoroughly examine the underside of the bed frame.

Check other furniture

  1. Using the torch and credit card, examine all upholstered furniture as carefully as you did the mattress
  2. Check other areas of where people sleep, including cots and pillows
  3. Inspect tables and drawers thoroughly, by turning them over on to a white sheet so that any bed bugs are visible, as well as running a credit card through the crevices and seams
  4. Shake out any clothes stored in wardrobes and drawers, as well as examining the seams of heavy clothing and under collars. Take a torch to inspect the walls of the wardrobe
  5. All items including TVs, lamps and toys should be checked, as well as pet beds.

Check around your house

  1. Work outward from the bed in the first room and continue checking the rest of the house
  2. Check under picture frame, mirrors and loose wallpaper, as well as in the folds of curtains
  3. Move all furniture and appliances away from the wall and check both behind and under them, as well as under rugs and around the edges of carpets

Now you know how to check for bed bugs, here’s how to get rid of them and what products really work!

For more information and advice about bed bugs and other sleep issues, visit the SlumberSlumber sleep clinic.

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What are bed bug bites and how to prevent them?

What are bed bugs? Cimex lectularius, the common bed bug is a small blood-sucking insect that can live in cracks and crevices in and around your bed. Bed bugs are brown, flat, oval-shaped insects that crawl out at night to bite your exposed skin and feed on your...
Bed bug products that actually work

Bed bug products that actually work

Bed bugs are not known to transfer dangerous diseases between humans, however, their presence in the home and the itchy, red spots often left from their bites can be hugely irritating and distressing. Therefore if you have bed bugs it’s best to contact a professional to eliminate bed bugs, as well as using anti-bed bug products that work to prevent the spread of bed bugs and prevent them from biting you.

Above all, bedding encasements are highly effective. They will certainly protect your bedding from becoming re-infested and create a barrier between the bed bug and your skin. Here are two products that really work to prevent the spread of bed bugs.

Anti-bed bug pillow encasement TENCEL® Premium

How does it protect against bed bugs?

The TENCEL® fibre pillow encasement creates a breathable barrier between your skin and bed bugs. The specially engineered fibres and zipper block bed bugs from getting in, or out, of your pillow. Over time, trapped bed bugs will die from starvation.

Is it easily fitted?

The 360-degree zipper allows for easy fitting of the anti-bedbug pillow encasement and easy removal for washing.

Is it comfortable?

TENCEL® fibres are more absorbent than cotton, softer than silk and cooler than linen. For that reason, the TENCEL® pillow encasement won’t rustle or feel uncomfortable under your head as you sleep. As a result, it’s easy to clean and the fibres are eco-friendly and water resistant.

Anti-bed bug mattress encasement TENCEL® Premium

 

How does it protect against bed bugs?

If you’re worried about bedbugs, apply a mattress encasement instead of disposing of your expensive mattress. The TENCEL® mattress encasement covers all six sides of your mattress, protecting it from bed bugs, allergens and body fluids. By sealing the mattress bed bugs are prevented from getting in or out. Therefore over time, the trapped bed bugs will die from starvation.

Is it easily fitted?

The 360-degree zipper allows for easy fitting of the anti-bedbug mattress encasement as well as easy removal for washing.

Is it comfortable?

People are often worried that a mattress encasement will be noisy, rustle when you turn in your sleep or generally feel uncomfortable to lie on. However, the Allersafe TENCEL® mattress encasement has a silky smooth surface, which draws away moisture from the body and keeps you cool and comfortable while you sleep.

Is it easy to clean?

To prevent the spread of bed bugs keep your mattress protector on for up to 12 months (as bed bugs can survive without a feed for up to a year). The cover can be washed at 40 degrees and tumble dried on a normal heat. However, it is not suitable for ironing or bleaching.

For more information and advice about bed bugs and other sleep issues, visit the SlumberSlumber sleep clinic.

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What are bed bug bites and how to prevent them?

What are bed bugs? Cimex lectularius, the common bed bug is a small blood-sucking insect that can live in cracks and crevices in and around your bed. Bed bugs are brown, flat, oval-shaped insects that crawl out at night to bite your exposed skin and feed on your...

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