Everything on bedbugs and how to get rid of them
Bedbugs: what a nightmare! Unfortunately, a bedbug infestation is more and more common. Moving more frequently, taking trips, elsewhere or in Quebec, and buying second-hand furniture and objects can all lead to bedbug contamination. We bring those bugs home; this is how they get there.
What are the signs of a bedbug infestation?
Here are some ways to help you know if you are facing a bedbug situation.
Some clues will be found on the skin. Note that often, bedbugs will only attack one person, even if there’s more than one in that room. The bites can look like a mosquito bite. The difference is that they are often in a group. They will itch but when they bite, bedbugs release an anaesthetic, so you won’t feel it when it happens. That’s why they don’t wake you up when they attack, which is always during the night.
You could also find clues in your bed, like small black marks on your sheets, mattress or bedspring. These are their excrements and the blood they feed from. You could also find some bedbugs, dead or alive, or their eggs, near where the person sleeps.
Where do bedbugs hide?
- Bedspring, seams or underside of the mattress and seams of sheets and covers;
- Bedhead, furniture and drawers;
- Clothing, backpacks, purses and suitcases;
- Chairs, wheelchairs, couches and slipcovers;
- Moulding and door and window frames;
- Behind the heating system and electrical outlets;
- Unstuck wallpaper, frames and posters;
- Cracks in the plaster, wood or flooring;
- Papers, books, phones, radios and clocks.
As you can see, some hiding spots are more related to travelling and others, to second-hand purchases. Once they are in though, they have the ability to hide in some pretty random spots!
If you find some far from the bedroom or other main infestation sites, it’s unfortunately the sign that they are moving and that the contamination is serious.
Just so you know, being victim of a bedbug infestation is not at all a sign of bad hygiene or filthiness. Even the nicest hotels can be infested!
Solutions against bedbugs
The best advice we could give you, and it’s not because that’s our job, even Health Canada recommends it first: call a professional extermination service. If you are a renter, contact your landlord right away.
Before having the exterminators over, we recommend that you unclutter the rooms (bedbugs love clothes and piles of stuff that lay around). In the infested rooms, remove rugs and curtains and empty drawers, wardrobes and closets. Put all textiles (clothes and sheets) in the dryer at high temperature for 30 minutes. You can wash your mattress with a steam cleaner and then place it in a anti bedbugs bag. Put everything you treat in airtight plastic bags.
You will have to stay out of your home for between 6 and 24 hours after the treatment, depending if you have kids and pets.Bedbugs are a real nightmare, but we can help you. And our techniques are ecofriendly with a low environmental impact!