Bed Bug Treatment
Our Bed Bug treatments are carried out in accordance with the Australian Environmental Pest Managers Association (AEPMA) recommended Code of Practice for the control of bedbugs. The treatment involves using a chemical spray in various places in a particular room, dusting of cracks and crevices and applying the dust in and around furniture and bedding.
Prior to our arrival you will need to vacuum your house. This will assist in removing bugs and eggs from mattresses, carpets, walls and other surfaces. You should pay particular attention to seams, tufts and edges of mattresses and box springs, also the perimeter edge of wall to wall fitted carpets. Afterwards dispose of the vacuum cleaner contents in a sealed trash bag and additionally replace, or wash in very hot water, any hepa filters within the vacuum cleaner itself. Steam cleaning of carpets is also helpful for killing bugs and eggs that the vacuuming may have missed.
Wash or dry clean everything moveable (clothes, bedspreads, throw rugs) in the hottest water.
Bed bugs are elusive and usually nocturnal (peak activity usually occurs between 10:00 p.m. – 6:00 a.m.), which can make their detection difficult. They often lodge in dark crevices, and the tiny adhesive eggs can be nestled by the hundreds in fabric seams. Aside from bite symptoms, signs include fecal spots (small dark sand-like droppings that occur in patches around and especially beneath nests), blood smears on sheets (fecal spots that are re-wetted will smear like fresh blood), and the presence of their empty molted exoskeletons.
Although bed bugs can be found singly, they tend to congregate once established. Although they are strictly parasitic, they spend only a tiny fraction of their life cycles physically attached to their hosts. Once feeding is complete, a bed bug will relocate to a place close to a known host, commonly in or near beds or couches in clusters of adults, juveniles, and eggs which entomologists call harborage areasor simply harborages to which the insect will return after future feedings by following chemical trails. These places can vary greatly in format, including luggage, inside of vehicles, within furniture, amongst bedside clutter, even inside electrical sockets and nearby laptop computers. Bed bugs may also nest near animals that have nested within a dwelling.
We sell zipped mattress encasement protectors which are certified to prevent Bed Bugs from gaining access to your mattress. Prices start from $50 incl GST. Pillow protectors are $25 incl GST.
Please Note! It’s not uncommon to be bitten following treatment. You need to give the treatment time to work – at least 7-10 days.