Bed bugs are a wide spread and a common problem in Sydney. They can be found in households and throughout the hotel industry, including backpackers and travellers who share rooms as well as aged care residences. Although they are prevalent in budget accommodation, upmarket hotels are not immune either. The sharp increase in tourism and a ban of harsh chemicals used for bedbug control, has strongly contributed to their resurgence. Bed bugs may be introduced to your home whilst staying overnight in already infested premises. They can be brought in with second hand furniture. They can also travel in people’s luggage, on their clothing and can easily be picked up on public transport. Once they find a happy home, it can be quite a task to eradicate them.
It is not easy to detect bed bugs, especially when you are unaware of their presence. Although bed bugs are nocturnal, they are opportunistic feeders. They will happily take a blood meal at any time. Bed bugs inject anaesthetic into the skin, so they can feed in peace while you sleep.Their bites resemble welts, and that’s why bed bugs are often mistaken for mosquito bites. If you wake up with bite marks, you should suspect bed bugs. Some people will have no reaction at all to a bite.
The tell-tale signs of bed bug bites will be the red or black stains on your bed sheets. You may initially think the bite is from a flea or mosquito. With mosquitos the bite is visible, with immediate itching following the bite. Flea bites usually occur on ankles and lower body parts.
Bed bugs are more of an annoyance than a health hazard, however avoid scratching bites if possible. Apply anti itch cream and use antihistamine in order to reduce the burning sensation. Use antiseptic to reduce chances of an infection. Most bed bug bites heal quickly, but if symptoms persist or worsen, seek medical attention.