How Do Bed Bugs Spread During Summer?
Jul 28 in Pests
How do bed bugs spread during summer?
Over the next few weeks as people return from holiday they may find they’ve brought bed bugs home with them. Infestations frequently occur in bedrooms that lots of people have used, typically where holidaymakers stay. And during the summer months, the bugs breed more as it’s hot.
Bed bugs are spread from place to place on clothing or in the seams and folds of luggage, folded clothes and anywhere else where they can tuck themselves away. And bed bugs aren’t fussy. Even the cleanest home can become infested.
How to spot signs of an infestation
Bed bugs aren’t easy to spot as they’re experts at hiding themselves away – in cracks and crevices in bed frames and furniture, in the plaster of the walls and ceiling and behind wallpaper, inside TVs, electric sockets, air vents, smoke detectors and even in light fittings. If you suspect you have bed bugs, it’s usually because you have bites. Each bug bites you multiple times so their bites are in a row or cluster. You’ll also find tiny, dried blood stains on your pillowcases and sheets. And if you look in the seams of your mattress and around the buttons you’ll see black sticky gook which is their faeces.
Bed bug infestations have been increasing since 2003 due to increased business travel, foreign holidays and immigration.
Getting rid of bed bugs
Bed bugs are one of the hardest pests to get rid of. They can withstand very cold temperatures and survive fumigation with CO2. PESTUK offer two types of treatment using insecticide or heat. The treatments will only work if the correct preparation is carried out.
Insecticide spray is applied to the walls, ceilings, carpets, bed frame, mattress, furniture and surrounding areas where bed bugs may crawl and live. The bugs crawl over the treated surfaces and absorb the insecticide. It doesn’t kill the pests instantly. The treated room has to be slept in until the bugs have died otherwise the treatment won’t work. Usually, two treatments are required so the whole process takes several weeks.
Heat treatment is a quicker solution. Steam is applied under pressure and the heat kills most of the bed bugs instantly. After the heat treatment, we recommend spraying with insecticide to pick up those bugs which weren’t reached by the steam or which hatched after the heat treatment.
PESTUK are a full member of the BPCA (British Pest Control Association), the governing body for pest control in the UK. Using a BPCA member company ensures you have a qualified, fully insured company treating your pest problem. Therefore, with PESTUK you have peace of mind knowing you are dealing with a professional pest control service.
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