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Ever felt as though you're being bitten in bed?

Ever woken up in the morning with large, reddened and itchy welts that later fade to little red spots on your arms, shoulders, legs and back? Have you travelled recently or had someone stay with you that’s travelled recently?

You might be experiencing a bed bug infestation! Time to call in the bed bug pest control experts!

Understanding bed bugs

Bed bugs are small, wingless, nocturnal insects capable of piercing skin and sucking up blood – the real world albeit smaller version of the mythological vampire.

Bed bugs live exclusively on blood, preferring human blood to other mammals, although they won’t hesitate to bite another mammal if a human host isn’t readily available. They require blood for nutrition and development, typically needing at least five feeds between nymph and adulthood.

Bed bugs are oval in shape and normally quite flattened, which enables them to crawl and squeeze into the smallest of cracks and crevices – as well as hide from all but the most expert bed bug pest control treatments. They’re light brown in colour, changing to rusty red following a blood meal. Post-feed, the insect’s body expands and becomes more egg-like in shape.

Bed bugs are usually between 4-5 mm long and have a varying life span from as short as 45 days to as long as over a year, depending on conditions. They can also survive several months without a meal, so you need a professional bed bug control to get rid of them.

They’re also expert travellers, hitching a ride into your home from furniture, luggage and even on your clothing! If you think you have a bed bug infestation, it’s important to not spread it from one room to another by moving bedding, furniture etc. A minor occurrence can become a major outbreak from a simple chance transfer before you call the bed bug pest control expert.

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What attracts bed bugs?

Bed bugs are nocturnal bloodsuckers attracted to body heat and expelled carbon dioxide — both of which they use to seek out a host.

When we sleep, we’re confined to one space — usually our beds — and in our rooms. Our body temperatures are kept relatively even and warm from our sheets and blankets, and our rooms accumulate with the carbon dioxide we breathe out.

Our body temperatures and the expired carbon dioxide in the air signal to bed bugs that a blood meal is close by. At night, they emerge from their hiding spots in your bedding and mattresses to tuck into the tasty blood feast which they can get from any part of your body.

This is why the first place your bed bug pest control expert will check is the bedroom.

Bed bug bites

Bed bugs have advanced piercing mouthparts. During feeding, their feeding organ (the proboscis) swings forwards and downwards, piercing the skin of the host. Their saliva, which contains an anticoagulant, is then injected into the skin.

It is this injection of saliva that causes the itchy, swollen and reddened weal allergic reaction in some people, whereas there are others who don’t react at all. A bite is otherwise painless.

Everyone reacts differently to being bitten. If you think you’re being bitten but your partner is looking at you as though you’re making it up, don’t worry. Your partner may be one of those people who just doesn’t react to bites. The only way to know for certain is to book in a bed bug pest control treatment to exterminate them for good.

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Bed bug hiding spots

Bed bugs get their name as they’re typically found in and around beds, bedding and mattresses (where their food typically spends 6-10 hours of every day). But don’t let that fool you — they can be found literally anywhere in your room: the bed frame, power points, behind picture frames, amongst books and even behind wallpaper!

Because of this, your bed bug pest control expert will need to check the whole room (and probably the rest of the house) to confirm the infestation.

Tell-tale signs of bed bug activity include:

  • Bites on arms, shoulders, back and legs
  • Dark spots of bug excrement on mattresses, bedding, bed framing or walls
  • Small bloodstains on sheets or mattresses post-bite or from crushed bugs

How to get rid of bed bugs: Pest control treatment & management

Throwing away furniture will not fix the problem. Just call us —the specialists in bed bug pest control!

Our bed bug treatment follows three steps:

  • A room by room inspection of your premises
  • Targeted treatment of the affected rooms
  • Follow up inspection of treated rooms and areas

Bed bugs are often thought to be the source behind bites and welts on the body when, in fact, carpet beetles, fleas, mosquitoes and bird mites cause similar reactions.

At Defender, we conduct a thorough inspection of your property to correctly identify the nuisance pest, determine the extent of the infestation and which rooms are to be treated. Identifying the extent and level of infestation is key to exterminating bed bugs.

Bed linen should be washed on a hot water cycle (40 degrees plus) followed by a hot dryer. Sensitive fabrics and materials can be placed in the freezer. To be effective, the entire item must reach the temperature of the freezer.

DO NOT return the washed or frozen items to the affected rooms without first sealing them in plastic bags, as even after your bed bug treatment, there’s a chance they will return. Where possible, it’s best to leave these items out of the affected rooms for a 7-10 day quarantine period.

A bed bug treatment involves the direct use of a registered product to harbourages such as the bed base, bed slats, carpet edges, cracks & crevices, wardrobes and cupboards.

A follow up inspection should be conducted 7-10 days post-treatment. A reapplication may be necessary at this stage if further live bed bugs are found.

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Why Choose Defender for Bed Bug Pest Control?

Melbourne Based Family Business

As a Melbourne-based enterprise, Defender understands the local community's needs. Our bed bug pest control services are tailored to Melbourne's unique environment, providing personalised care that only a local family business can offer.

Trained & Licensed Technicians

Our seasoned technicians are experts in bed bug pest control. With continuous training and adherence to the latest industry standards, we’re equipped with the knowledge and skills to handle any pest problem.

Fully Insured

With Defender Pest Control, you're in safe hands. Our fully insured services mean you can trust us with your bed bug pest control needs without any worries. We take every precaution to ensure that our work is conducted with the utmost professionalism and care.

We Use Child and Pet-Friendly Products

Your family's safety is our priority. That's why we use child and pet-friendly products, from our bed bug pest control to bees nest removal services. We're committed to providing effective solutions without compromising the well-being of your loved ones.

Guaranteed Results

At Defender Pest Control, we stand behind our work. All our services, from bed bug pest control to bees nest removal, come with a guarantee of results. If the pests return, so do we. Your satisfaction is our success, and we won't rest until your home is pest-free.

Take back your peace of mind today!

Struggling with bed bugs? Defender Pest Control offers expert bed bug pest control in Melbourne and surrounding areas. Don't wait — reclaim your comfort now. Click the button below and let us make your home a sanctuary again!

​Good night, sleep tight, and don’t let the bed bugs bite!!!

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