They spread at great speed, settle in our luggage and in our sheets to leave us small red buttons all over the body. The Grenha (Group of Entomologists of Hautes-Alpes) tells us all about these microscopic beasts which, according to the association Right to housing, infest 400 000 sites in France. This guide is going to help to bed bugs removal.
Where Do They Come From?
“They have always been there. It’s hard to say when they arrived, but it’s been thousands of years. What is certain, on the other hand, is that they are more and more present here in recent decades because of the great international mobility. They travel with us, “says Grehna.
How to recognize them?
“They are very small insects but visible to the naked eye. When they impact homes, one often becomes aware of their presence after being stung. It is necessary to call on entomologists to already make sure that it is about bed bugs and not about another insect. But clues let us know. For example, they do not bite until night falls, they will penetrate the places where rest mainly humans, namely in the bed. They position themselves between the sheets and the mattress and sting through. The bites are very localized, often on the back, stomach, lateral sides of the abdomen, depending on the position in which one sleeps. If in addition, the bedding has a few drops of blood, you know who you’re dealing with. ”
What are they feeding on?
“The bed bug feeds mainly on human blood.”
Where are they hiding?
“You have to know that this has nothing to do with the hygiene of the premises or people. These are insects that are everywhere where there are humans. So everyone can be confronted with this scourge. Bed bugs are found everywhere: under tapestry, in mattresses, etc. They are spreading at high speed in view of tourism, in planes, trains or cars. They are attracted by the human smell, so they slip into our business. They take advantage of the human to move and reproduce.
Sting: what is risk?
“There is no transmission of disease. However, if these bed bugs are significant, they can cause adverse effects on newborns or persons susceptible to stings. But doctors can not determine if your bites come from bed bugs just by watching you. We need to call on specialists “.
How to get rid of it?
“If you’re sure you’ve brought bed bugs back into your luggage, put all your laundry and travel bags in a freezer at the lowest temperature for a week. It will kill adults but also eggs. However, if bed bugs have invaded your home, it will eradicate them. For this, it is necessary to call on specialists entomologists or a company of disinsectisation. They will use heavy products to treat your home and you will be forced to leave during treatment. The cost is quite substantial.