Bed Bugs – Sydney’s Newest Health Hazard

Jim's Termite & Pest ControlToday, bed bugs are Sydney’s newest health hazard indeed. The drastic increase in their population and proliferation are said to be caused by two things: fewer harmful pesticides used for pest control and the popularity of overseas travel.

The influx of international travel, in particular, continues to be a factor in the increase in the bed bug population in Sydney. If you stay at an accommodation that also houses these pests, you may inadvertently take one or more of these bugs with you when you come home. This is because bed bugs climb into bags and luggage. They can stick to clothes as well. When you unpack, these pests will also settle into your home.

Although they are called bed bugs, these pests won’t just live in your bed. They can settle in your furniture, cabinets and drawers, under floorboards and carpets – basically everywhere. As long as you have these pests in your home, your chances of being bitten by these bugs are always high.

Jim's Termite & Pest ControlHealth Risks of Bed Bugs

Different people react differently to a bed bug bite. However, most people will immediately see and experience the allergic reactions to bites which include the appearance of large welts that are really itchy and often inflamed. These often subside to red spots after a day or two, but these spots will still last for several days.

More severe allergic reactions to bed bug bites include:

  • The appearance of bullous eruptions due to multiple bed bug bites.
  • Secondary infections of the skin from your body’s reaction to bites including impetigo, lymphangitis, and ecthyma.
  • Mental and emotional distress. Being bitten often by bugs can cause some people to develop severe anxiety, insomnia, and other systemic reactions.

Dealing with Bed Bugs

To avoid bringing home and harbouring bed bugs, follow these tips:

  • Take precautions when returning home from a domestic or international trip. If you suspect you stayed at a hotel or accommodation that has bed bugs, place your clothes in sealed plastic bags before packing. Once home, wash these clothes in hot water and then dry them on high heat to get rid of the bugs.
  • Run a hair dryer on your suitcase. This will not kill the bed bugs but it will expose them.
  • Make your home uninhabitable for bed bugs. De-clutter your home and seal cracks and crevices on floors and walls. If they are in your mattress, use a mattress or box spring encasement so that the bugs will have a hard time getting to you while you sleep.
  • Wash and heat-dry bed linens and blankets regularly.
  • Always vacuum thoroughly to reduce your bed bug population. Pay careful attention to floors, carpets, and furniture. Change the bag immediately after each use so that the bugs won’t escape.

To be rid of a bed bug infestation, you may need to call the experts. Integrated pest management techniques, which include pesticide treatment, will effectively rid your home of these bugs.

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