Bed bugs are small insects that feed on your blood and that of your pet. They live in your bed, furniture, carpets, clothing and other personal belongings. They are more active at night, feeding on people while they sleep. Very widespread in Geneva since the late 1980s. Thanks to the wooden floors… Bed bugs can measure from 0.5 to 8 mm long. They are flat, oval-shaped and reddish brown in colour and more lying down when they just ate. They don’t have wings, so they count on animals or humans to transport them from one place to another (suitcases). Although bed bug bites are rarely dangerous, they can be very irritating. In some cases, they become infected or cause an allergic reaction that can lead to severe swelling. Many cases are reported every year in Geneva. If you suspect that there are bed bugs in your at home, it is important to get rid of it as soon as possible.

Everything you need to know about bed bugs

Bedbug before / during meal
Bed bugs are back in the spotlight. The increase in international travel (Geneva Airport) and immigration, as well as the loss of effective insecticides, have helped this insect to spread faster than any other insect. Bed bugs are incredibly small and can enter cracks as thin as a credit card. This makes bed bugs difficult to find at home.

How to check for the presence of bed bugs

1 – Check the common bed bug caches

Using a flashlight and a rigid object with flat edges, such as a credit card or paint scraper, check beds, mattresses and other places where you suspect bed bugs may be present. Look for bedbugs, eggs, feces or molted skin as evidence of an infestation. Be sure to look into cracks, crevices and creases in fabric and furniture. You may also wear protective gloves during this inspection. Bed bugs are attracted to heat. The number one hiding place for bed bugs is in mattresses and beds. Inspect your sheets for blood stains that bed bugs may have left behind. Be sure to carefully inspect the seams, tufts and folds of your mattress in addition to any corners or cracks in your bed. Bed bugs also like to linger where humans sit or remain inactive for long periods of time. Sofas, recliners and even office chairs are popular places to hide bed bugs. Don’t forget to look under the furniture, where the fabric meets the furniture legs, and between the seat cushions. Bed bugs also hide around the perimeter of a room. The edges of the baseboards and carpet must also be inspected.

2 – Inspect the less frequent places where bed bugs are hidden

Bed bugs are treated directly, so it is important to know exactly where they are, and where they are not, in your home. This will help you target areas to treat bed bugs in Geneva and avoid wasting chemicals. You also don’t want to miss bed bugs, which can cause a longer and larger infestation. Use your flashlight and a flat-edged object to inspect your bedside table and chests of drawers. Empty each drawer and examine the cracks and joints in the drawers. Don’t forget to return your drawers and inspect the funds. Inspect curtains, around window and door frames, around the ceiling (especially in the corners of the room), behind wallpaper, behind socket covers, under lamps, inside frames, clocks and other home electronics.

Have you found bed bugs in your apartment or house in Geneva?

Bedbugs under a mattress
Have you discovered bed bugs in your home in Geneva or have you been bitten by bed bugs? Do not wait and contact us for a quick intervention in Geneva. A treatment done by a professional pest control company or exterminator may not be part of your budget or your work schedule. Fortunately, it is possible to treat a bed bug infestation yourself without spending a fortune. You must be diligent and committed to the treatment process, but you can eliminate bed bugs yourself! Read our guide below for the 4-step bed bug treatment process.

1 – Preparation of a room for the treatment of bed bugs

Before you start your own treatment for bed bugs, you will need to prepare the room(s) where they were found, in addition to the rooms that share the walls with the infested rooms. Remove from the document any object that you absolutely cannot process or that has already been processed. Cover items that will be removed from the room with plastic bags before moving on to the next room to prevent invisible bed bugs from infesting another room. Remove paintings or works of art from walls. Be sure to check all items that are removed from the room to ensure that bed bugs are not transferred from one room to another. If you have a mattress that is heavily infested, we recommend that you cover it with a bed bug-resistant mattress cover or mattress cover before moving it. You will also need to cover your box spring with a box spring cover. If your mattress needs to be disposed of and replaced, be sure to cover it with plastic before discarding it to protect sanitation workers. Labelling a mattress or cover with “bed bugs” is also useful. Infested sheets, household linen and clothing should be washed and dried in a domestic dryer at high temperature (over 60°C), as heat kills bed bugs. Clothing that cannot be washed should be dry cleaned or discarded, as insecticides cannot be used on these materials. Alternatively, you can store them for two days in a cold room at least -6° to kill bed bugs. If stuffed animals, books or stuffed toys are infested, place them in an airtight container with steam strips to kill bed bugs.

2 – Treat cracks, crevices, tufts and folds in your home for bed bugs

Some bed bug products cannot be used where others can. In addition, bed bugs can develop resistance to some pyrethroids, making them difficult to treat. Therefore, the use of a variety of products to kill and control bed bugs will give the best results. To get rid of bed bugs in a mattress, use a labelled spray can for bed bug treatment, such as Bedlam Aerosol Spray, and spray or spray the insecticide on the mattress. Focus on the seams, tufts and folds of the mattress and spray until the mattress is damp. Let the mattress dry before redoing the bed with freshly washed sheets that have been dried in a high temperature dryer. After treating a mattress or bed bug box spring, we recommend wrapping them in a bed bug-resistant cover. This will prevent re-infestation and facilitate future inspections and treatments. Make sure that any product that has been sprayed or applied to your mattress is dry before covering the mattress with a bed bug cover. You can make the bed with your freshly washed sheets on a bedspread proof mattress cover. After the installation, you will no longer need to reprocess your mattress or box spring. If you do not wrap your mattress or box spring, you will need to reapply the spray every 7-10 days until you no longer see bed bug activity.

3 – Treat the part with a concentrated insecticide

After taking care of your mattress, it is time to treat the rest of the room or the rooms where bed bugs have been found and the rooms that share the walls with infected rooms. Mix an insecticide labelled for use on bedbugs with water in a pump sprayer using the ratio indicated on the product label to create a bedbug spray. Spray on baseboards, in corners, around door and window frames, around bed frames and under furniture. Do not spray on the fly over an entire carpet or floor. Allow the spray to dry before proceeding to the next step. Some areas that require special attention:
  • Bed and furniture legs – Treat wheels, casters, posts and legs of all furniture, as bed bugs can fit in them.
  • Wall to wall carpet – Treat and spray along the edges of the carpets and at the junction of the carpets and baseboards.
  • Door and window frames – Spray around all door frames, window frames and thresholds.
  • Repeat if necessary. Be sure to read the product label to find out how often you can safely reapply.
Bed bug traps can be placed under furniture legs and bed frames to trap bed bugs before they can climb on furniture. It is also a good way to monitor an infestation.

4 – Kill living and active bed bugs

We recommend spraying Steri-Fab in areas where bed bugs are visible. Steri-Fab combines a synthetic pyrethroid insecticide and isopropyl alcohol to quickly kill bed bugs on contact. Steri-Fab also acts as a disinfectant. Steri-Fab leaves no residue, which means it can be applied almost anywhere. Simply shake well, then apply to the areas to be treated. Insect mortality is imminent, usually within 10 minutes of spraying.

REPEAT! REPEAT! REPEAT!

You must repeat step 2 in its entirety (except for the treatment of the mattress and box spring if you wrap it) every 7 to 10 days until no one at home is bitten by bed bugs and no other evidence (live bugs, molded skins or fresh blood stains) is found. This is absolutely crucial! Depending on the severity of the infestation, it can take a minimum of 7 to 8 weeks, including repeated treatments. A lack of rigour can prolong the process of removing bed bugs and can make it more difficult to remove them. For more information, you can contact us Tel: +41 79 179 45 93 Bed bug detection company in Geneva

Shravaka is a cleaning expert in Geneva for more than 11 years.