Bed Bugs

Signs of bed bugs on mattress

It is a fact that bedbugs can be difficult to locate, especially if we have never suffered from this pest before. For the same reason, many people are unable to identify bedbugs, and their bites are often diagnosed as mosquito bites.

However, once you know the right places to look for bedbugs, you can probably detect them, so you can eradicate the pest. Adult bedbugs are easy to find if you know how to search properly.

Here’s how you can find signs of bedbugs in mattresses and sheets and other signs that will help you fight them effectively. Remember that getting to the root of the problem is vital to exterminate these pests.

Signs of bedbugs on mattresses, sheets and other furniture

Be aware that bedbugs enter your home undetected through luggage, beds, clothing, used furniture and other items. Their flat bodies allow them to enter narrow places, which are as thick as a credit card.

Even if your home is kept clean, bedbugs can still enter because they live only on blood.

Blood stains on your sheets

Waking up and noticing that your sheets have small bloodstains may be an indication that you have a bedbug infestation in your home. Sometimes people crush these bugs during or after feeding at night.

This can lead to blood splatter on your sheets, duvets, or pillows. If you wake up with bloody specks in your bed, we recommend you contact an expert to diagnose whether you have a bedbug infestation.

Dark spots on the mattress

If you get dark spots on your sheets or mattress, it is most likely due to bedbugs. They often leave faecal signs on the bedding or wherever they have gathered in large numbers.

So if you’re unlucky enough to touch any of these stains with your hand, they’re likely to leave a foul, unpleasant smell.

Presence of clusters of shells on furniture

The eggshells of the bedbugs emerge as white specks in the shape of a shell. Sometimes they can be spotted and are generated when these insects shed their skin during their growth.

Even if you find the eggshells on your mattress or headboard, you may still be able to get them under furniture or in cushions. Bedbugs prefer fabric and wood over metal or plastic.

White stains on the joints of your furniture

Another sign that you may have a bedbug infestation is the discovery of small white traces in the joints of your furniture or in the holes of your mattress. If you see these signs, it’s important to check all other places for signs of infestation.

Use a torch to check between the headboards and cushions of your furniture, removing the fabric attached to the inside of your furniture whenever necessary.

When buying second-hand furniture

It is common to buy second-hand furniture. However, there is a lot of risk involved in buying furniture of this type, as this is one of the most common ways bedbugs infiltrate the home.

The high prices charged by a professional to remove these parasites from the home may convince you that it is better to buy a new piece of furniture rather than a second-hand one.

Other signs that bedbugs are present

Presence of red spots and itching

One of the most obvious signs of a bedbug problem is located on your skin. Bedbug bites are characterised by being red, itchy and inflamed depending on how the person reacts.

Bedbugs are especially active at night, biting people as they sleep. They feed by pricking the skin and drawing blood for 3-10 minutes to feed and continue their journey.

However, people who have a bedbug infestation in their home do not always know about it, as many do not have physical reactions to bedbug bites. That’s why it’s crucial that people regularly check for bedbugs in their homes.

Linear pattern bites

Another feature of a bedbug infestation is that you can wake up with a particular bite pattern on your skin. These bites appear as a line, which means you can tell them apart from mosquito and flea bites, which have a different formation.

Moist smell for no reason

The smell of dampness is typical of leaks, but if you don’t have these drawbacks start to worry as this can be a sign of a bedbug infestation, along with all the other signs.

The musty smell is because bedbugs release pheromones that are strong enough when there are too many of them.

Dark spots on the walls

Although it may seem strange to you, bedbugs leave faecal stains on the walls or under wallpaper. If you can’t find any signs of infestation on your bed or furniture, try looking at the walls.

A history of bedbugs in your neighbourhood

One thing you should know to identify bedbugs, is that both males and females of this species are much smaller than an apple seed. And because they are so small, it is what makes them pass from one person to another, and from one house to the next without you noticing.

Just by visiting your neighbour’s bedbug-infested house, getting some of their belongings or even going to a hotel room with the same situation, you can bring bedbugs into your home.


How to get rid of wasps at home

When the hot days of summer come, they bring with them friends that are not desired by many: the wasps. Those who dislike the idea of sharing space with them, try to kill and crush them, and this unfortunately makes everything worse.

So, if you have had problems with wasps recently or if the experience was traumatic enough for you, then we invite you to read on. Learn how to get rid of wasps in your home in a preventive and corrective way.

Tips to prevent wasp infestation

Check your home for nests

It’s important to check everywhere in your home or garden for signs of wasp nests, especially in early spring when the mating and nesting season begins. These nests initially look like a golf ball or a walnut.

Small nests have fewer wasps, and therefore are the easiest to treat. Search in garages, lofts, sheds, under roofs or in hollow walls.

Make sure rubbish containers are tightly closed

Make sure that external waste containers are tightly closed and have their lids on tightly. Place containers far enough from doors and windows so that wasps are not attracted to the contents of the container.

If you see one or two wasps

If you see a wasp or two, even if you have not confirmed the presence of a nest, it is vital that you close doors and windows to prevent wasps from entering the home. Keep your children and pets safe, especially if they are allergic to wasp stings.

Wear dissuasive clothing

You should know that brightly coloured or floral-printed clothing attracts wasps because by mimicking the appearance of a flower, wasps can appear more curious than usual searching for nectar.

Avoid wearing perfume

Wasps are attracted to sweet smells, which can be present in creams and perfumes, especially in summer. Decrease the amount of strong perfumes and odours that attract these insects.

Eliminate all food sources

Wasps tend to gravitate towards protein foods in late spring and early summer, so you must set aside any food that is available to them, as is the case with pet food.

In late summer, wasps begin to like foods with sweet smells, so they identify where these are. Therefore, they will continue to search in the same place after the food has been exhausted.

Uses herbs to keep wasps away

Wasps are not very fond of aromatic odours, such as mint, eucalyptus, or thyme. Plant any of these herbs outside, so you can repel these pests when they come near your home.

Tips for getting rid of a wasp nest in your home

Make sure you have found a wasp’s nest

To verify if you really have a wasp nest in your house, the first thing you should do is to check it thoroughly in every corner inside and outside where you live. Once you have located it, make sure it is a wasp nest and not a honeycomb.

The honeycombs can be distinguished by the fact that they have hexagons, so it is vital to leave them alone. Wasp nests are made of dead wood, which makes them light brown or grey with some spirals in their texture.

Call a professional in a timely manner

Avoid removing wasp nests on your own, especially if you are allergic to their stings or if the nest is not close by. If you need a ladder to remove one of these nests, it is best to desist and call the fire service or pest control experts.

Swarms of wasps, when you try to move them yourself, can cause you to fall from high places, resulting in injuries and medical bills that are more elusive than an exterminator asks for.

Use a special spray to kill wasps

Although we strongly recommend you call a professional to take care of the problem, there are aerosols and chemical powders that are guaranteed to kill all wasps including the queen of the colony. You can buy them in physical shops or online, and you can administer these substances at night when these insects are less aggressive and slower to react. Remember, handling chemicals can be dangerous.

Kill wasps by applying do-it-yourself skills

These are methods commonly used and can be beneficial if you are dealing at a specific moment, to eradicate wasps properly, call the professionals.

Trap made with soda bottles

To make this trap you only need scissors, plastic bottles, tape and a bait (diluted dishwasher or vinegar). The idea is that you place this trap in the corner of the room with wasp problems. First cut off the top of the bottle and place bait at the bottom of the bottle.

Invert the top third of the bottle and insert it into the base. Glue these two pieces together and place the trap in any corner of the room. The wasps are attracted to the bait, and will stagnate at the bottom where they will die.

You must empty the trap periodically to ensure that any wasps that come near are exterminated and to avoid unnecessary accumulation.

False paper nest

Wasps are territorial, so they will not build a nest if they think there is another colony nearby. A false nest is ideal in these cases, and you will need a plastic bag, a paper bag, some bits of paper and some string to make it.

Fill your plastic bag with the bits of paper, these being the inside of the nest, and the plastic bag will do because this is basically the shape of the nest, and it also helps to resist the other components.

Then, wrinkle the paper bag so that it takes the shape of a nest. Once crumpled, open the bag again and place the full plastic bag inside it. Stick the string into the paper bag, making sure it is long enough to hang up easily.

It is important that the false nest is placed as close as possible to the real nest so that the wasps can notice it. Close the door to the room with the wasps and leave the window open so the wasps can leave the room with their colony.