How Do Bed Bugs Spread During Summer? - PEST UK

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How Do Bed Bugs Spread During Summer?

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How do bed bugs spread?

Infestations of bed bugs in the UK have been increasing since 2003 due to increased business travel, foreign holidays and immigration. People bring bugs home on the clothing they’re wearing, in the seams and folds of luggage and amongst folded clothes. And they aren’t fussy… even the cleanest home can become infested.

Why do bed bugs spread more during the summer?

Holidaymakers can start infestations in their own homes by bringing bed bugs home with them after staying in hotels and shared accommodation for their summer holidays. Infestations frequently occur in bedrooms that lots of people have used which is typically where holidaymakers stay. During the summer months the bugs breed more because it’s hot.

What are the signs of a bed bug infestation?

  • Bites in a row or a cluster as the bugs bite multiple times
  • Tiny, dried blood stains on bedlinen
  • Black sticky gook around the buttons and in the seams of mattresses which is their faeces

Where do bed bugs live?

These bugs aren’t easy to spot as they hide themselves away in the cracks and crevices in bed frames and furniture, in the plaster of walls and ceilings, behind wallpaper, inside TVs, electric sockets, air vents, smoke detectors and even in light fittings.

How do PEST UK get rid of bed bugs?

Bed bugs are one of the hardest pests to get rid of because they can withstand very cold temperatures and survive fumigation with CO2. PEST UK offer two types of treatment, insecticide and heat, but for either of them to work the correct preparation must be carried out.

Insecticide treatment

We apply insecticide spray to the walls, ceilings, carpets, bed frame, mattress, furniture and surrounding areas so it reaches as many areas as we can where the bugs crawl and live. When they crawl over the treated surfaces they absorb the insecticide but it doesn’t kill them instantly. The treated room needs to be slept in until the bugs have died otherwise the treatment won’t work. Usually, two treatments are required so the whole process will take several weeks.

Heat treatment

Heat treatment is a quicker solution. We apply steam under pressure and the heat kills most of the bugs instantly. After the heat treatment, we apply insecticide to pick up those bugs which weren’t reached by the steam or which hatched after the heat treatment.

PEST UK have the tools and skills to eradicate bed bugs quickly and efficiently. For more information on how we get rid of bed bugs please click here.

If you would like advice on how to get rid of bed bugs or a quote, call PEST UK on 0800 026 0308 or email us at


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PEST UK provide fast, reliable and effective pest control services for homes and business premises. Professionally trained and qualified technicians deliver guaranteed results using biodegradable insecticides and poisons.

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