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Signs You Have Bed Bugs in Your Brisbane Home

Updated: May 1, 2022

Although bed bugs typically seem like a foreign concept to many, studies show that bed bug populations are increasing rapidly and, consequently, so are infestations in Australian homes. Here at Combat Pest Solutions, we understand that these unwelcome guests can show up unexpectedly, so here's a list on 5 ways to identify bed bugs in your Carindale home so we can get you back to a good nights sleep. 



1. Check for any visible larvae or crawling bugs


The best way to determine if you have a bed bug infestation is to see them, although even an experienced eye can find it hard to spot an infestation before its out-of-control. Bed bugs are round, flat, brown crawlies with adults being roughly the size of an Appleseed before feeding.


2. Check your skin


Something worse than the mere sight of bed bugs is the affect it has on your health. Bed bugs have a long proboscis (mouth-part) that is inserted into the skin of mammals to feed on blood. This leaves small bites behind in clusters, which can further lead to many critical conditions such as anaphylaxis or hallucinations. 


3. Check for odours


One way a bed bug alerts its presence is through an offensive odour that they produce from their sweat glands. This smell can be characterised by a musty and stale aroma that increases in pungency the longer an infestation is present. 


4. Check the state of your linen


Another indicator of a bed bug infestation is soiled sheets. Search for any blood and faecal stains, as well as discarded shell castings. 


5. Check for eggs


One of the worst parts of bed bugs is they breed fast, with every adult female laying between 1-7 eggs per day. For example, if you were to have 10 female bed bugs you could be looking at up to 490 eggs in just one week.


Bed bug eggs are small and white, and typically clustered together. They tend to be in the hiding spots of these critters, so make sure to check every nook, such as in the tufts, folds, and seams of mattresses.


If all these signs point to a bed bug infestation, don’t worry, Combat Pest Solutions offers Brisbane pest services to help you rest easy again.


If you are a Brisbane homeowner and have any questions about a potential bed bug infestation, don’t hesitate to contact our team by phoning 0419 734 501 or emailing scott@combatpestsolutions.com.au.


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