Having a problem with Bed Bugs or Fleas?
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If you’re suffering from itchy lumps or experiencing bites on your skin, then you’re right to be concerned as you may have a bedbug or flea problem.
Bites and itching are often the first sign of a problem and usually when someone gets in touch with pest control.
As the weather starts to warm up and with more and more of us spending long periods of time indoors, fleas thrive in these conditions. Bed bugs look for human hosts to feed on and with the property market currently booming and sale and rental properties going on and off the market regularly this creates a problem as bedbugs lie dormant waiting for their next human host to take up residence.
This week we’ll take a look at common signs for both bedbugs and fleas as people often mix up the two when the first sign is bites.
Where are bedbugs and fleas commonly found?
Bedbugs tend to lay their eggs in cracks and crevices near human hosts so often will be found in bedrooms. Common areas we find evidence of bedbug activity are bed frames; skirting boards; behind loose wallpaper and plug sockets. These are all ideal places for bedbugs to hide out and lay their eggs.
Fleas love a pet so often people first spot signs on fleas on their dogs or cats but fleas can also be found in pets’ bedding; furniture; carpets and rugs.
TOP TIP: Back brush your pets or brush over a piece of paper to spot fleas or their droppings more easily
Bites – bedbugs or fleas?
Bedbugs mostly feed at night on their human host so you may find itchy red spots or lumps on your body. Flea bites, on the other hand, tend to be around the ankles and legs and typically are a small red spot around 5mm in diameter.
Spotting a bedbug or flea?
Take a closer look at your bedding, bed frame and mattress for signs of bedbugs such as dark ink line spots or blood smears. Also, you may find your laundry and bedding smells unpleasant.
Check pets for fleas – are your pets scratching?
Look closely at carpets and rugs – fleas jump!
Treating your bedbugs or fleas
A common complaint we hear from people is that they have tried to treat bedbugs and fleas themselves but they keep coming back. Whilst it is possible to treat bedbugs and fleas yourself DIY treatments don’t usually work in our experience.
That’s because DIY treatments aren’t as effective as those used by qualified pest controllers who have access to solutions that aren’t available to the general public.
Fleas and bedbugs can be extremely unpleasant and people sometimes leave it until the problem gets really bad before they report it because they feel embarrassed. This often leads to people trying to treat the problem themselves unsuccessfully.