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Bed bugs are a common pest, once assosicated with unhygenic conditions, they are now more common due to peoples increased travel, the purchase of second hand furniture and possible tolerance to some pesticides.
They bite at night and feed on human blood, depending on the person bites can show up and be very itchy or not be noticeable at all. These varied reactions can lead to restless sleep and increased stress. Long periods of carbon dioxide will encourage them to emerge from their nest areas.
Apperance and Life cycle
Bed bugs are very small and resemble small flat discs, and are tan or light brown in colour. When they feed on blood they will become darker in colour and will increase in size.
Bed bugs have 5 different nymph stages of development, and a final adult sexually mature stage. They require at least 1 blood feeding for each stage of development. Each immature stage lasts about a week and full development can happen within two months.
Preparation before a treatment
Before PESTUK conduct a treatment we recommend that the following is done to aid in the success of the residual insecticide treatment-
We advise that clothes, bed sheets and curtains are removed from the bedrooms needing treatment and either washed or tumble dried. The drawers and wardrobes should be emptied and clothes must only be reintroduced to the rooms once they have been washed or tumble dried. Floors and carpets should be vacuumed and shelves dusted.
If the room is full of clutter the treatment will fail. The rooms being treated must be clear of toys, books, boxes, CDs, posters etc. Care must be taken not to put any of these objects into other rooms slept in as you may spread the infestation. Objects in the room that cannot be either washed, tumble dried or sprayed with the insecticide (books, shoes, cd’s, dvd’s etc) must be put in a freezer overnight. This should be done before putting objects back into a treated room.
Bed bugs generally only infest rooms that are slept in, we recommend treating any adjoining bed rooms to the infested room. Bed bugs can lay dormant for up to 12 months so care must be taken with any objects removed & then re introduced back into bedrooms within this time frame. If you are going to replace a bed or mattress we recommend doing this prior to treatment or once you are sure the treatment has worked fully and all bed bugs have been eradicated from the property
PESTUK use a residual insecticide spray that is sprayed onto walls, ceilings, bed frame, mattress, furniture and surrounding areas in the bedrooms with one (or both) of the following insecticide sprays: Demand CS’ which contains Lambda-cyhalothrin, HSE Number 6287 and made by Sorex or K-Othrine WG250, HSE Number 5390 which contains deltamethrin 25%. These insecticides are the most modern insecticides available.
We may use powders in voids or large electrical items: either Ficam D which contains the insecticide at 1% w/w Bendiocarb or Killgerid which works by scratching the cuticle (the shell) of the insect which causes the insect to die of dehydration. This powder is completely harmless to mammals. All insecticides are biodegradable, almost odourless, non tainting & do not corrode or stain. The areas where the Bedbugs will be expected to crawl as well as their nesting areas will be treated.
After the spray treatment is completed do not let pets or children walk bare foot on the sprayed areas until dry as it can be a mild irritent while wet.
Carpeted areas that are treated should not be vacuumed for a minimum of 2 weeks after the spray has dried. Walls, bed frames and other treated surfaces should not be wiped or washed for at least 2 months, as the spray can remain active for this time, and wiping down the surfaces can break down the insecticide. Doing so can render a treatment ineffective.
All bedding must be laundered, and the treated bedrooms must be slept in as long periods of body heat and carbon dioxide will encourage the bed bugs to move through the sprayed areas. Bedrooms should be kept dry and warm to reduce humidity and remove moisture from the treated areas either using central heating and or a dehumidifier. Expect to see bed bugs for a minimum of 2 weeks after the treatment.
New furniture should not be introduced into the treated rooms until you are sure the infestation has been dealt with or it has been sprayed as well.
In some cases one spray should be sufficient to deal with the problem but often premises will need treating at least twice. We guarantee bedbugs only after a 2nd spray (we do charge for each spray) providing the full and correct preparation has been carried out prior to each treatment.
Wait until at least 3 weeks has passed before booking another spray as it may take this long to work. Also please remember the treatment will fail unless there is continuous occupation of the bedrooms that have been treated.
The guarantee is for one month after the 2nd spray and is only valid if the 2nd spray has been carried out within one month of the 1st. Insecticide treatments will only work on clean surfaces.
Berkshire Pest Control Ltd t/a PEST UK Terms & Conditions apply.
Call 0800 026 0308 or 0330 100 2811 to book an appointment or speak to us for more details.
For more information on Bed bugs polease visit the BPCA website. The BPCA are the leading trade assosciation for pest control companies in the UK. They are a not for profit organisation, which acts on behalf of the Pest management industry. BPCA members provide professional and consistent service.
We now have a new office in the South West of London in Surbiton – PESTUK Surbiton .
Surbiton is within the royal borough of Kingston upon Thames, next to the River Thames and 11 miles from London.
Surbiton, formerly within the county of Surrey became part of Greater London in 1965 as part of the Greater London Act of 1963, along with Kingston and Richmond.
Evidence suggests that a settlement has existed within the area since at least 1179. Formerly no more than a farm or agricultural village until the London and Southampton Railway lines construction in the mid 19th Century. This saw travel from London to Southampton possible within 3 hours.
Surbiton Railway station opened in 1838, and was originally called Kingston-upon-Railway. The present station has an art deco facade and was built in 1937 by Southern Railway. The building was designed by James Robb. The station has also been used as a filming location for Harry Potter and the half-Blood Prince as well as Agatha Christie’s Poirot: The Adventure of the Clapham Cook.
Pre-Raphaelite painters William Holman Hunt and John Everett Millais came to Surbiton in 1851. Millais used the Hogsmill, near to the Tolworth Court Bridge, as background for his painting Ophelia. Hunt used the fields south of this as background for The Hireling Shepherd.
Other famous Surbiton’s include snooker player Jimmy White, author Thomas Hardy and Dr. Thomas Barnardo spent his retirement in the area.
Typical pests dealt with by PESTUK Surbiton.
With a major river and rail line in Surbiton, these can add to pest control issues providing mice and rats with ample food and cover from hunters.
PESTUK Surbiton has many contracts within the Surbiton area ranging from takeaways to schools and businesses. We also conduct many ‘one off’ jobs for rodents, insects, ants, bees and wasp nests.
As summer approaches wasps are sure to become more prevalent in gardens across the country and PESTUK Surbiton are ready to treat any nest or loft.
For further information on pests you may be dealing with check the BPCA site to find information.
Call PESTUK on 0800 026 0308 or 0330 100 2811
Certain pests will be susceptible to variances in weather here in the UK, here is a list of the most prevalent.
The life cycle of the wasp begins with the new fertile Queens breeding with reared Males and collecting food to begin their overwintering, this is usually around September time. This form of hibernation is different than that in mammals as it can begin when temperatures are still quite warm.
When the Queen emerges in Spring she begins building a new nest in which she will lay her eggs, one per cell in the nest. The eggs will hatch into larvae that are fed by the Queen on fragments of insects as a source of protein. This period of growth can be affected by sudden drops in temperature or by heavy rainfall as this can affect food sources. Out of 1000 Queens newly released from old nests in September only between 4 and 1 will actually survive through to having a working, surviving nest. After this pupation the workers begin to increase the size of the nest. If the weather prevents other insects, such as aphids from growing then this can also affect the development of wasp nests and the size of the wasps themselves.
Rats and Mice
They will make there nests within homes in the cold autumn and winter months where central heating and loft insulation provide suitable heating and nest building materials for their survival while searching for food. As the weather improves these loft nests will become hot and cause the rodents to move around outside in potentially cooler areas. With crops growing and with more vegetation providing cover as well, rats and mice will be flush for food sources.
With dry hot summer weather this can reduce levels of rat activity as they are unable to sweat or pant. TO stay cool they will often lay down to try and keep themselves cool, and with waters receding the rats will be seen moving closer to these water sources as they require water each day to survive compared to mice that collect moisture from their food. In the hot weather they may well be drinking more water than eating food.
Pests not affected by weather
Cockroaches and bed bugs are not affected by variances in the temperature and can be prevalent at any time of the year within properties.
The two main types of Cockroach to be found in the UK are the German and Oriental Cockroaches. They can survive at cold temperatures and even some species can live in Artic conditions.
Cockroaches are a mainly nocturnal insect more likely to be seen at night requiring high temperatures, but will survive in low temperatures. They are most commonly found in kitchens, laundry rooms, boiler rooms & anywhere where high temperatures occur. In a kitchen the preferred places for them to live would be near fridge motors, cookers, boilers and washing machines.
Bed bugs are wingless insects and move by crawling or riding from place to place in clothing, bags or luggage. Dispersal can be further increased in places such as cinemas and on public transport. Infestations frequently occur in hotels and other buildings where there is a high turnover of people.
They are reddish brown in colour turning blood red after feeding. The adult grows up to 5mm in length. The female lays her eggs in clusters of 10 to 50. They take an average of 10 days to hatch and can mature into adults within one to two months given ample food. The speed of development depends on temperature and food availability. Surprisingly, bed bugs can live longer without food and can go without feeding for up to 140 days; the adult typically lives for about 10 months but can survive for a year or longer in cool buildings.
For further information please visit the BPCA site.
Call PESTUK on 0800 026 0308 or 0330 100 2811
We hold a variety of pest control contracts within the Guildford area including schools, offices, restaurants and takeaways and also private dwellings.
As well as pest control contracts our technicians also do many one off jobs for pests including ants, bed bugs, cockroaches, fleas, mice and rats and bees and wasps.
The river and canal that run through Guildford increases the likelihood of rat and mouse infestations along the borders of these areas, which can be excellent harbourage and food sources for these rodents.
Our Guildford office is run by Rob Thirlwell, he has many years of experience, previously working for Ecolab. He was promoted to Senior Pest Controller where he would be asked to advise other technicians on difficult pest problems. Rob also covers the area around Guildford including Aldershot, Farnborough, Fleet and Woking.
PESTUK are members of the BPCA. The British Pest Control Association is the leading UK trade association representing organisations with a professional interest in the eradication of public health pests. BPCA are a not-for-profit organisation which acts in the interests of its members and on behalf of the pest management industry in the UK. The role of the Association is to highlight risks of poor control and offer guidance of what to look for when searching for a pest control company.
When choosing a BPCA member you’re ensuring the use of a technician who will provide a professional and consistent service.
Guildford History and area
Guildford is the county town of Surrey 40 minutes, 27 miles (43 km) southwest of central London on the A3 trunk road halfway between the city and Portsmouth and is situated between Gatwick and Heathrow airports.
The town has Saxon roots and its location is attributed to a gap in the North Downs where the River Wey was forded by the Harrow Way. In AD 978 Guildford was home to an early Royal Mint. Upon opening in 1653 the River Wey Navigation had 12 locks between Weybridge and Guildford, this added to the prosperity of the town. The canal was donated to the National Trust in 1964.
On 9th September 1966 the University of Surrey was established by Royal Charter, the main campus is located on Stag Hill and is a centre for mobile and satellite communication development. In 2014 the university along with King’s College London and the University of Dresden announced a partnership for the development of 5G technology.
Guildford now forms the Southwestern tip of the Greater London Built-up area, defined by the Office for National Statistics as the continuos urbanised area of cities, towns and urban and industrial areas.
The castle was built sometime after the 1066 invasion of England. The castle was mainly used as a royal residence and was improved upon by Henry III in the 13th Century.
In 1216 Prince Louis took the castle during the civil war, in England between 1135 and 1153. This was a conflict of succession between mainly Stephen of Bois and Empress Matilda.
The castle and gardens are open to the public and the gardens contain a life size statue of Alice through the looking glass, a memorial to Lewis Caroll who stayed nearby from 1868 until his death in 1898.
Insects that Bite
As the temperatures increase and Summer approaches people are finding themselves bitten more and more as the season goes on.
Common insect bites here in the UK will be from:
- Mosquito bites
- Tick bites
- Horsefly bites
- Midge or Gnat bites
- Bedbug bites
- Mite bites
- Flea bites
- Spider bites
Becoming more prevalent due to the increase of travel associated with trips abroad, bed bugs attach to luggage and clothing. They can also attach themselves to second hand furniture. Bed bugs are mainly active at night, feeding on human blood and hiding in bed frames, skirting boards and cracks or within bedroom furniture. They can survive up to a year without feeding.
Bed bug bites are red marks or lumps, some people can even develop severe skin reactions and can have disturbed sleep, however some people will not react to bites and couples can find one person being bitten and the other appears to be untouched.
These bites will usually be in rows on the neck, shoulders, back,or the legs and arms.
The most common type of flea is the Cat Flea, adult fleas are small averaging 2mm in size, they are wingless with legs designed for jumping.
Adult fleas are parasitic on warm blooded animals, the larval stage will feed on skin, feathers and blood rich faeces of the adult form flea.
Bites on humans will be around the ankles and lower legs, these bites can cause irritating allergic reactions. The bites are typically red spots 5mm in diameter. If the host animal is not available they will feed on humans. They prefer women and children rather than men. They can move on to beds, other furniture and clothing, but will soon return to carpeted areas.
Most active during Spring and early Summer, they feed on common birds such as pigeons, starlings, sparrows and poultry. Bird mites have short life cycles, usually seven days, they can rapidly generate large populations, and when the young birds leave the nest or die many mites will spread out from the nest and throughout the dwelling searching for new hosts.
Bird mites can not survive on human blood, the test biting, where they inject their saliva while searching for a new bird host, can lead to severe irritation with rashes and intense itching. Scratching of bites can result in secondary infections.
Bird mite bites will not be in specific areas of the body and an infestation can not be sustained on human blood, while the nest area is present the mites will remain.
To treat infestations of biting insects it is recommended to contact a proffesional pest control company. The British Pest Control Association, the leading trade assocoiation representing those with a professional interest in the eradication of public health pests act in the interest of member companies and the pest management industry in the UK. All companies joing the BPCA must prove their competence and expertise before membership is given. With insect infestaions it is strongly recommended that a pest control company be used to treat and eradicate the problem.
To prevent bites from other insects occuring when outside it is recommended that you cover exposed skin – if you’re outside at a time of day when insects are particularly active, such as sunrise or sunset, cover skin by wearing long sleeves and trousers. Wear shoes when outdoors. Apply insect repellent to exposed skin – repellents that contain 50% DEET (diethyltoluamide) are most effective.
For more information about biting insects and health visit- http://www.nhs.uk/Conditions/Bites-insect/Pages/Symptoms.aspx
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