How to Get Rid of Bedbugs - PEST UK

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How to Get Rid of Bedbugs

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PESTUK deal with Bedbugs all through the year across our areas of coverage. How to get rid of Bedbugs is a question we are asked at least once daily by our customers suffering the effects of these biting insects. 

What are Bedbugs

Bedbugs are wingless insects they move around by crawling or riding from place to place in clothing or luggage. Distribution can happen in places such as theatres and in public transport. Infestations frequently occurr in hotels and other buildings with high density and turnover of individuals.

How to get rid of Bedbugs

Bedbugs are found in bedrooms as they feed at night when the host is asleep. When not feeding they live in bed frames or cracks and crevices around the room. They will not harbour in the mattress or bedding material.

Bedbug biology

Reddish brown in colour, turning blood red after feeding. Adults reach approximately 5mm in length and pass through five nymph stages over a period of time up to 128 days. The female will lay her eggs in batches of 10 to 50. Eggs are white in colour and deposited on various surfaces with a thin glue. They take on average 10 days to hatch and can mature into adults within one to two months given ample food. The female is then ready to start laying eggs.

The speed of development will depend on temperature and food availability. Surprisingly bedbugs can live longer without food for up to 140 days. The adult typically lives for about 10 months but can survive for a year or longer in cool buildings. This sensitivity to temperature means bed bugs will start to die if temperatures drop below 9ºC or rise above 36ºC. Modern buildings have created ideal conditions for bedbugs with central heating and easy access to adjoining properties being commonplace.

How to get rid of Bedbugs

Bedbugs are one of the hardest insects to treat, treatments will work if the preparation has been done correctly. Bed sheets, clothes and curtains must be removed from the rooms to be treated & washed before returning. The rooms to be treated must be vacuumed & cleaned. The drawers & wardrobes must be emptied & the clothes only re introduced to the rooms once they have been washed or tumble dried. Treatment will fail if the room is full of clutter. The rooms must be clear of toys, books, boxes, CDs, posters etc.

Objects in the room that cannot be washed, tumble dried or sprayed with the insecticide must be put in a freezer overnight. This should be done before putting objects back into a treated room. If you are going to replace a bed or mattress either do this prior to treatment or or once your are sure the treatment has worked & all bedbugs have been eradicated.

If you are unsure about the preparation then please phone the office on 0330 100 2811.

Treatment of Bedbugs

The technician will treat the walls, ceilings, bed, mattress, furniture and surrounding areas in the bed rooms with one (or both) of the following insecticide sprays: Effect Microtech CS’* which contains Permethrin, 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. All insecticides are biodegradable, almost odourless, non tainting & do not corrode or stain. How to get rid of Bedbugs


PESTUK are full members of the BPCA, 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.

PESTUK have offices in Oxford, Guildford, Enfield, Shepperton, Wantage, Salisbury and St Albans.

Call us on 0330 100 2811 to book an appointment regarding How to get rid of Bedbugs or any other pest problem you may have.


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