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Bedbugs - The Bad, the awful, and the ugly.

Bedbugs - Why?

It is believed that bedbugs originated in the infancy of civilization when humans first lived in caves. The close contact with bats is believed to have contributed to the evolution of bedbugs. As humans moved to different parts of the world - So did the bedbugs!

What if bedbugs disappeared entirely?

No eco system would be affected by the disappearance of bedbugs. The wide spread of bedbugs however makes this extremely unlikely. The only positive you may argue is that they encourage the regular changing of bedding and arguably promote a more militant approach to clutter, bedding changes and vacuuming.

What do they look like?

To the right you will see a bedbug up close. Not the most appealing insect by any stretch! Notice how they are flat in appearance which is why they are often incredibly difficult to find and treat. The flatness allows them to hide in the smallest cracks of a bedframe, mattress, skirting, curtains etc. The smallest of gap in the skirting or wallpaper will also provide ample opportunity to hide.

Can't I just throw the bed/mattress away?

Sadly not. Considering the potential hiding places as mentioned above. Throwing out a perfectly good mattress or bed is unlikely to eliminate a bedbug infestation.

Are they dangerous?

Bedbugs are not known for carrying of spreading disease. However, they can cause skin irritation, rashes and sometimes an allergic reaction which is likely to require medical attention. They can also cause mental strain and frustration. It is not uncommon for those affected by bedbugs to attempt to treat the infestation themselves to no avail.

How do I know if I have bedbugs?

Of course seeing a bedbug is the most obvious sign of a bedbug infestation. However, certainly in the early stages when the population is low, this is unlikely. You are far more likely to experience small red bumps the next morning following bedbug bites. Additionally, if the infestation has been present for quite some time, you may find some black marking along the bedding or mattress. The black marks are bedbug poo!

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