Though seeing a single bed bug on your mattress or on a bed frame can make you panic, you must not be frantic about since according to experts a single bed bug doesn’t necessarily mean a large infestation is imminent.
The stigma about bed bugs is sufficient reason for many people throw away clothes, furniture and spend a lot of money of various treatment regimens. The main thing is that nobody wants to have bed bugs infesting their homes.
So what if you see one-bed bug, what does it tell you? And what must you do?
Make an Initial Examination
The first thing to do is to make an initial assessment for bed bugs infestation. You must carefully check areas that bed bugs normally congregate like the sheets, pillows, mattress and headboard. Check for live bed bugs, eggs, empty shells and faeces.
Get to the Source
For this, you need to seek the expertise of professional pest control companies. Whether it’s in your home or commercial establishment, pest control experts can help identify if there is a more substantial infestation of adult bed bugs that are breeding nearby. Since they have the knowledge and skills, they can perform a thorough inspection.
A single-family home is found to have a minimum number of bed bugs, pest control experts has a better chance of determining the source of infestation since possible ‘hot-spots’ are visible and that these bugs might have been carried through a luggage, clothing or a piece of furniture.
When it comes to apartments and condominiums, determining where the source of infestation can be challenging since the source of the bed bugs could be either from the apartment above, below or across the hall. Therefore, assessment and treatment regimens will be more comprehensive and may include a number or all rooms in the building and not focusing on only one.
Clear the Area
Bed bugs normally reside within five feet from their source of food. Any piece of clothing or linens must be placed in the dryer set on its highest mode for a minimum of 30 minutes. So vacuum the whole room, mattress and furniture meticulously. Don’t put items that you normally take from your house inside the bedroom. If you didn’t find the bed bug in the bedroom, make sure to check all the bedrooms.