Get Rid Of Bed Bug Problems | Bed Bug Removal Specialists
Bed bugs are one of the hardest pests to get rid of. And infestations have been increasing since 2003 due to business travel, foreign holidays and immigration.
Facts 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.
- Their lifespan is approx 10-months. They can lay dormant for up to 5-months.
- They 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.
- 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.
When do bed bug infestations occur
Bed bug infestations happen year-round. However they’re more likely to be discovered in summer as they breed and bite more when it’s hot.
How do bed bugs get into your home
Bed bugs are usually brought into your home in travel bags and clothing. 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. They can also be brought into your home in second-hand clothing and furniture.
Where do bed bugs live
Bed bugs usually only infest bedrooms 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. They don’t live in mattresses or duvets.
How to spot signs of an infestation
Finding an infestation of bed bugs early is essential in managing them discreetly. However it’s unlikely you’ll see them unless you look for them. The signs to look out for are:
- Bites that are in a row or cluster.
- 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.
Get rid of 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 work. The most effective treatments are insecticides or extreme heat. However, the treatments will only work if the correct preparation and aftercare is carried out. The treatment process takes several weeks.
Preparation prior to treatment
- 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.
- Box springs 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.) Do not 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.
PESTUK use the most up-to-date insecticides that are biodegradable, almost odourless, non-tainting and do not corrode or stain, as well as being completely harmless to mammals.
An 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. The bed bugs crawl over the treated surfaces and absorb the insecticide, although they don’t die instantly.
The treated room must be slept in continuously to encourage the bed bugs to crawl over the treated surfaces. We recommend a second spray three 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. The process takes several weeks.
- Insecticides last up to 2-months on surfaces and carpets so do not wash, vacuum or clean them.
- Following treatment, the room must be slept in continuously to encourage the bed bugs to crawl over the treated surfaces.
- 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.
- 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.
Extreme heat kills bed bugs instantly so this is a quicker solution. 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.
Guarantee for insecticide treatment
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.
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