Where Bedbugs Hide
One question I get a lot during a bedbugs treatment is; “where do bedbugs hide” the short answer to that is everywhere.
But first I’ll let you know who I am, I’m Jason the owner of Sunnystate Pest Control and I’ve been dealing with bedbugs now for about 20 years.
I do a few bedbugs treatments every week here in Brisbane Australia, I hear you say “every week” yes that’s right bedbugs are everywhere.
Hotels, motels, hostels and even our own homes are all places where we’ll find bedbugs. Here in Brisbane even the trains, ships and commercial planes are inspected regularly.
At the end of the day, bedbugs are transported around the world by people on planes and ships so they need inspections. You can see where I’m going with this right, bedbugs can be found pretty much anywhere and they hide anywhere they can.
Where Bedbugs Hide in Rooms:
So the obvious place to look is the bed as this is where the host sleeps, the host is whomever the bug decides to feed on. But during the day they like to hide in tight hard to reach places out of the way to help prevent detection.
I have seen bedbugs hide in the legs of beds and under the pleats of the bed edges; these are very common areas where they like to harbour.
I have also found them on the hinges of a fridge door, where a population is large they will be pushed out to other areas of the room. There is nowhere that can be left untreated when dealing with bedbugs.
Bedbugs hide in behind the skirting boards of a room and under the carpet edges in peeling paint on walls. They can also be found behind headboards. In some case, the headboard will need to be removed for treatment.
Bedbugs will also hide behind light switches and in telephones, even alarm clocks, all of these items need to be properly inspected. Draws, wardrobes and all cracks and crevices need a thorough inspection and treatment. The initial inspection is one of the most important aspects of a successful bedbug’s treatment.
If a proper inspection of the rooms that are infected isn’t done the treatment most likely won’t work.
Where Bedbugs Eggs Are Hidden:
The eggs from an adult bedbug are white in colour and look like small grains of rice; they are cemented into place in clusters of ten or more.
The eggs have been found in just the same places that the adults and nymphs hide in. Nymphs are the baby bedbugs and the go through about five moults before they become an adult. I have seen eggs in the top of a screw head in a bed frame. Again this is why the emphasis on the inspection is so important.
There cannot be any place in the room overlooked or it can lead to a failed treatment process. I always emphasize the importance of the inspection to my customers which can take me the best part of an hour to complete.
A Cheap Bedbugs Treatment:
Unfortunately, a cheap bedbugs treatment just isn’t going to work, some pest controllers will just come in and do a quick spray of the room, this just won’t be effective.
The treatments take time and patience to complete and then there will have to be scheduled follow-up visits. With any bedbug’s treatment follow-up visits to inspect the room and maybe even do a second or third treatment are essential.
The initial treatment for bedbugs will usually take somewhere between 3-4 hours to complete, this would be for a room of about 23sqm.
As I keep on saying everything needs to be looked at and inspected and then treated. During the treatment draws will be emptied and taken out for treatment. Light switch covers will be removed and inspected.
Bed legs are removed and inspected and then treated with an appropriate insecticide. Any clothing or linen left in the room will have to be bagged and sent away for cleaning.
All of these things take time to complete and this is one reason why bedbug’s treatments are costly for the owner.
Hotels with Bedbugs:
When customers come in contact with a bedbug’s problem in a hotel they have stayed in, they instantly think the hotel is to blame. In most cases this is not the case, most of the time it comes down to bad luck.
Hotels do need to maintain a good standard of cleanliness to help prevent bedbugs. This won’t stop them completely but regular cleaning and vacuuming will bring a problem to light faster. Where cleanliness is neglected a bedbug’s problem can easily turn into a serious infestation within a few weeks.
The hotel owners and managers have no way of telling who is carrying bedbugs on them at the time of check-in. There are no preventative measures that hoteliers can take to help prevent bedbugs, apart from regular inspections and cleaning of rooms.
Unfortunately, bedbugs are here to stay and they just need to be treated when they show up. The cleaners need to be aware of bedbugs and know what to look for. Most hotel cleaning staff will have had some sort of training in the identification of bedbugs.
The one thing to understand from this is you will not get rid of bedbugs on your own or with a quick spray of a room. The treatment needs to be intense and also include proper bedbug’s mattress protectors.
These pests need to be treated by a trained professional from a fully licensed pest control Brisbane Company.
As mentioned earlier I have been treating bedbugs for many years and am classed as an expert in dealing with them. If you have any questions about these little pests please don’t hesitate to call us.
The faster a bedbugs treatment is started the less likely it is to turn into a full-blown infestation.