Bed Bugs Threat and Prevention

Bed Bugs Threat and Prevention

A rising number of bed bug incidents in Paris and other major cities is raising concerns about public health. The insects have been spotted in many private homes and public spaces in Paris, including cinemas, hotels, metro, and even Charles de Gaulle airport.

Singapore is a major global transport hub. Because of that, the country is extra prone to bed bugs infestations, since bed bugs typically attach themselves to clothes and luggage. As we approach the end of the year, Singapore is starting to see more travelers who could easily and unknowingly bring bed bugs into the country. In light of this situation, NEA advises people to watch for any signs of bed bug issues in Singapore and to conduct comprehensive inspections and cleaning of areas susceptible to bed bug infestations.

How to Spot Bed Bugs?

Bed bugs are on average 5-7mm in size, usually black or brown in colour. They hide in locations with regular access to food, including mattresses, wallpapers, boxes, picture frames and similar.

If you are staying in a hotel or common room, it is important to pay close attention to mattresses, the bed frame and bedside furniture, and areas where luggage is stored. Take some time to learn about other places where bed bugs come from.

Taking Preventive Measures

People are advised to have a regular cleaning routine and perform thorough inspections for any signs of bed bugs. Vacuuming all areas of the room can help you minimize the extent of a bed bug infestation and reduce the risk of spreading. And by having regular pest inspections in place, you can mitigate the risks of the infestations.

How Do You Get Rid of Bed Bugs?

If you detect bed bugs on your property, there are some DIY things that you can do to get rid of them. The infested clothing and bedding should be washed at a high temperature. Other fabrics that can’t be washed should be either treated with high temperatures or placed in the freezer for a couple of days. You will also need to vacuum all the areas that are suspected of bed bug infestations. Don’t forget to throw out the contents of your vacuum cleaner.

It is also advisable to hire a professional pest management company to locate the source of the infestation and prevent it from becoming a bigger problem.