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Providing pest control services in Berkshire, Buckinghamshire, Essex, Hampshire, Hertfordshire, London, Northamptonshire, Oxfordshire, Surrey, West Midlands, West Sussex, Wiltshire. Est. 1985.

PEST UK / Pests / Get Rid of Bed Bug Problems | Bed Bug Removal Specialists

Get Rid of Bed Bug Problems | Bed Bug Removal Specialists

Prices from £135/£160 +VAT

To get rid of bed bugs from your home or business premises call 0800 026 0308

Bed bugs usually only infest rooms that are slept in. They hide in cracks and crevices in bed frames and furniture, ironing boards, sofas, curtains, behind wallpaper, inside electrical equipment such as TVs, electric sockets, air vents, smoke detectors, light fittings and items kept under a bed such as soft toys, slippers and trainers, spare bedding and tablecloths.

Why use a professional company to remove bed bugs?

Bed bugs are one of the hardest pests to get rid of. They can withstand very cold temperatures, survive fumigation with CO2 and sticky traps don’t eliminate them. The most effective treatments are insecticides or extreme heat. However, the treatments will only work if the correct preparation and aftercare is carried out.

What treatments do we offer?

We offer several treatment options. Please be aware it takes several weeks to eliminate an infestation of bed bugs whichever treatment is used.

x1 insecticide spray   this has a high probability of success in eliminating a bed bug infestation but is not guaranteed.
Prices from £135/£160 +VAT to treat a 3-bedroom house

x2 insecticide sprays   this is guaranteed to eliminate a bed bug infestation provided the correct preparation and aftercare is undertaken.
Prices from £240/£280 +VAT to treat a 3-bedroom house

Steam treatment + 2 insecticide sprays   this is the fastest way to eliminate a bed bug infestation and is guaranteed provided the correct preparation  and aftercare is undertaken.
Prices from £700/£820 +VAT to treat a 3-bedroom house

Full heat treatment + 2 insecticide sprays   this takes several hours to carry out and requires raising the temperature of the room being treated and maintaining it for several hours whilst being completely sealed. It is guaranteed provided the correct preparation  and aftercare is undertaken.
Prices from £500/£580 +VAT to treat each room

Mattress covers

The drawback of any bed bug treatment is that afterwards the rooms have to be slept in continuously for up to 8-weeks to encourage the bed bugs to crawl over the treated surfaces. You can use one of our specialist mattress covers to isolate the bed bugs present in the mattress during the time it takes them to die out. This stops them biting as well as prevents new bed bugs from getting onto and into the mattress.

You can use this mattress cover as soon as  you discover a bed bug infestation and the bed bugs present in the mattress will eventually die. However bed bugs may still be hiding in the walls, ceilings, carpets, bed frame, furniture and surrounding areas so treatment is still necessary.

Prices for Protect-A-Bed Aller-Zip mattress covers from £60.50 including VAT + £8 shipping/postage
Buy Protect-A-Bed Aller-Zip mattress covers from our online shop

Insecticide treatment

Insecticide spray is applied to the walls, ceilings, carpets, bed frame, mattress, furniture and surrounding areas where bed bugs may crawl and live. Our technicians are thorough; loose carpet is pulled back so the area below can be sprayed and all the cracks and crevices in the plaster of the walls and ceiling as well as the area behind loose wallpaper is sprayed. Insecticide powders are used in voids, large electrical items and electrical sockets and light fittings. Bed bugs crawl over the treated surfaces and absorb the insecticide, although they don’t die instantly.

We recommend a second spray 3-weeks later. Spot checks and re-treatments will be carried out in areas where bed bugs were originally found in case any eggs have hatched.

Steam treatment

Extreme heat kills bed bugs instantly so this is a quicker solution than an insecticide treatment. Steam is applied under pressure to the walls, ceilings, carpets, bed frame, mattress, furniture and surrounding areas where bed bugs may crawl and live. Most of the bed bugs are killed immediately, however, we recommend following the treatment with an insecticide spray to pick up those bugs which weren’t reached by the steam or which hatched after the treatment.

Full heat treatment

The room being treated is sealed and its temperature raised and maintained at that level for several hours. All the bed bugs which are not hidden inside deep cavities will be killed by the heat, however we recommend following the treatment with an insecticide spray to pick up those bugs which weren’t reached or which hatched after the heat treatment.

What preparation do you need to make prior to treatment?

Before we come out to treat your property the following needs to be done

  • All items of bedding need to be put through a hot water wash followed by a hot dry cycle.
  • Carpets and curtains must be cleaned/vacuumed.
  • Mattresses need vacuuming with a special filter to trap the bed bugs and prevent them from escaping. If mattresses have buttons, then vacuuming must be done around every button.
  • Headboards need to be removed and every crack in the bed frame vacuumed.
  • Divan bases need to be opened and every crack and piece of wood vacuumed.
  • Drawers and wardrobes must be emptied and every crack vacuumed. Clothes can only be re-introduced to the rooms once they have been washed.
  • Clear all clutter (toys, books, boxes, DVDs, posters, shoes etc.) Don’t put them into other rooms as you may spread the infestation. Items that cannot be either washed, tumble dried or sprayed with insecticide must be put in a freezer overnight before returning them to the treated room.

What do you need to do after treatment?

  • The treated room must be slept in continuously to encourage the bed bugs to crawl over the treated surfaces.
  • Insecticides last up to 2-months on surfaces and carpets so do not wash, vacuum or clean them.
  • Untreated objects and furniture removed from a treated room shouldn’t be put back for at least 5-months as the bugs can lay dormant for this time.

Be prepared to see some bed bugs for up to 2-weeks after the treatment. If you see bed bugs after this time then another spray may be necessary.

What are the signs of an infestation?

Bed bug infestations occur year-round. They are difficult to detect as they are elusive, transient and nocturnal and leave little or no trace other than bites. They only come out at night so they are difficult to spot during the daytime. The signs to look out for are:

    • bites on the torso (they don’t bite everyone).
    • tiny, dried blood stains on pillowcases and sheets.
    • black sticky gook (their faeces) in the seams, corners and around buttons of mattresses and upholstered furniture.

If there is a low level infestation there may not be any signs other than bites, and not everyone will be bitten.

Bed bug monitors

If you suspect that you have a bed bug infestation and need confirmation we recommend you use our non toxic, pesticide and insecticide-free bed bug monitors. The monitors can also be used to assist in mapping the boundaries of a bed bug infestation. Unfortunately monitors may not work if the infestation is low level.

We can identify the bugs if you email a photo of them stuck to the sticky pad to services@pestuk.com

Price for a pack of 20 Trappit bed bug monitors £17.30 including VAT +£8 shipping/postage
Buy Trappit bed bug monitors from our online shop

PEST UK’s Guarantee

We guarantee insecticide treatment for one month after the second spray only if:

  • the second spray has been carried out within one month of the first; and
  • the correct preparation and aftercare have been carried out.

How much does it cost to get rid of bed bugs?

x1 insecticide spray   from £135/£160 +VAT to treat a 3-bedroom house
x2 insecticide sprays   from £240/£280 +VAT to treat a 3-bedroom house
Steam treatment + 2 insecticide sprays   from £700/£820 +VAT to treat a 3-bedroom house
Full heat treatment + 2 insecticide sprays   from £800/£920 +VAT for each room treated

What products do we use?

Each of the products below has a data sheet on our Data Sheets page

Insecticide sprays
Effect Microtech CS Permethrin 8% w/w HSE 9401
K-Othrine WG250 Deltamethrin 25% w/w HSE 8092

Insecticide powder
Ficam D Bendiocarb 1% w/w HSE 4829

All insecticides are biodegradable, almost odourless, non-tainting and do not corrode or stain.

Download the safety data sheets for the above products

PEST UK are a member of the BPCA (British Pest Control Association)

How do bed bugs get into homes and business premises?

Infestations of bed bugs have been increasing in the UK since 2003 due to business travel, foreign holidays and immigration. They can be brought into your home in travel bags, clothing and purchase of second-hand clothing and furniture. Infestations frequently occur in hotel bedrooms that lots of people have used as well as other places where there is a high density and turnover of people such as cinemas.

About bed bugs

Bed bugs are oval-shaped insects about a ¼-inch long. Reddish brown in colour, they turn blood red after feeding. They feed entirely on human blood.

Bed bugs bite at night. They’re almost weightless so it’s impossible to feel them crawling on your skin when you’re asleep. Their bites are small so easy to miss, but they are often in a row or cluster as a bug bites multiple times. They breed and bite more during hot weather.

Their eggs are pearl-white and the size of a grain of salt. They are laid in batches of 10 to 50 and are covered with a sticky substance which adheres to almost any surface. The eggs take approx 10-days to hatch and can mature into adults within one to two months. A bed bug’s lifespan is approx 10-months. They can lay dormant for up to 5-months.