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Bed Bugs Control and Treatment

Bed bugs are known as nocturnal blood-sucking insects which have a very characteristics flat and oval-shaped body with no wings. They are reddish-brown in colour. The average length of bed bugs can be between 4 to 7 mm. The tiny size of bed bugs enables them to hide inside small cracks and crevices. The most common species of bed bugs reported in Singapore is Cimex lectularius (Common Bed Bug). Bed bugs are initially attracted to higher amount of carbon dioxide emitted by human during sleep time. When bed bugs are closer to the host, they are attracted by the body heat of the host.

Sign of infestation

  • Blood speckles or blood stains (commonly on bedding and wall)
  • Scattered cast skins and eggs
  • Live adult and nymph
  • Bite sign on host
  • Pungent odour when involved a heavy infestation

Cause of bed bug infestation

  • Through traveling (hotels and public accommodations)
  • Through transportation (bus, train and flight)
  • Through neighbours (interconnected homes)
  • Infected items brought home (second hand furniture)
  • Visitors (Day time visitor / Overnight visitor)

What if not treated on time?

  • Allergies, itching and swelling
  • Anaphylactic shock
  • Insomnia
  • Severe disperse of bed bug from one room to another

Types of treatment

  • Heat steaming (Most practical method to kill all bed bugs stages including the eggs.)
  • Vacuuming
  • Residual spraying

Treatment Approach

  • Conduct a thorough visual inspection
  • Identify the species and sources of infestation
  • Conduct vacuuming to remove bed bug
  • Conduct heat steaming to all infested area to kill bed bug & eggs
  • Residual spraying on surrounding area of infestation

Preventive measure

  • Inspect bed before using when staying in the public accommodations
  • Keep luggage closed when they are not in used
  • Keep luggage off the floor and bed when travelling
  • Inspect used furniture before bringing them into home
  • Seal up voids in walls, floors, window frames, and furniture

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