Bed bugs

Bed bugs

Upon arrival to your exotic location or downtown hotel getaway, the excitement of a new adventure often permits you to neglect some of the more unpleasant tasks. Bed bugs, two words every traveller dreads. Preparation is key to ensure that you fully protect yourself from bed bugs.

Remember!

Bed bugs can be found anywhere, from the homes of the rich and famous to well-established hotels. It is important to check for bed bugs on arrival. Once you arrive in the room, the natural motion is to throw your luggage or jacket on to the bed, this is not a good move if you have not checked the bed bug situation or you will be bringing home an infested suitcase. We would recommend that your luggage is kept off the floor and away from the walls and furniture & that you place your items into a clean bath tub.

There are different measures that you can take but first of all, the most important thing, check your bed.

How to check your bed for bed bugs

  • You will need a torch and a credit card before you begin your check.
  • Start examining your bed linen by removing all bedding
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • Use the same process on buttons, traps and tags on the mattress
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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

Find out more about checking for bed bugs here.

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.

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

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