Get Rid of Bed Bugs - PEST UK

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

Get Rid of Bed Bugs

Prices from £135 +VAT

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

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

x1 Insecticide spray from £135 +VAT to treat a 3-bedroom house
x2 Insecticide sprays from £240 +VAT to treat a 3-bedroom house
Steam treatment + x2 insecticide sprays from £700 +VAT to treat a 3-bedroom house

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Guarantee

We guarantee insecticide treatment for 1-month after the second spray, only if:
  • the second spray has been carried out within 1-month of the first; and
  • the correct preparation and aftercare have been carried out.

We don’t guarantee treatments for bed bugs in hostels, hotels, HMO properties and hospitals.

Infestations of bed bugs occur year-round and have been increasing in the UK since 2003 due to business travel, foreign holidays and immigration. Infestations frequently occur in hotel bedrooms as they’re used by lots of people as well as other places where there is a high density and turnover of people such as cinemas.

Bed bugs can be brought into your home in travel bags, clothing and purchase of second-hand clothing and furniture. They usually only infest rooms that are slept in. They’re difficult to detect as they’re elusive, transient and nocturnal, leaving little or no trace other than bites. 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 beds such as soft toys, slippers, trainers, spare bedding and tablecloths.

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.

Why use a professional company to remove bed bugs?

Bed bugs are one of the hardest pests to get rid of. Sticky traps don’t eliminate them, they can withstand very cold temperatures and survive fumigation with CO2 The most effective treatment is extreme heat followed by two applications of insecticide. However, the treatment will only work if the correct preparation and aftercare is carried out.

Benefits of Full Heat Treatment

  • Kills all bed bugs immediately.
  • Kills bed bugs in all stages of their biological life cycle – eggs, nymphs, mature bugs.
  • Less preparation prior to treatment is required than for other treatments.

 

Preparation you must undertake prior to an insecticide spray, with or without heat or steam treatment

  • All items of bedding need to be put through a hot water wash (60°c) followed by a hot dry cycle.
  • Carpets and curtains must be cleaned/vacuumed.
  • Mattresses need vacuuming. If mattresses have buttons, then vacuum around each 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.
  • After vacuuming remove the vacuum bag and place in an outside bin.

Heat treatment does not require the same level of preparation. We advise washing bedding, cleaning surfaces and vacuuming carpets.

Watch our video showing the preparation required.

Aftercare

  • The treated room must be slept in continuously to encourage the bed bugs to crawl over the treated surfaces.
  • Insecticides last up to two-months on surfaces and carpets so don’t wash, vacuum or clean them.
  • Any items which were removed from the room prior to the treatment should be washed at a high temperature, briefly tumble dried at a high temperature or put in a freezer overnight before being returned to the room.
  • Don’t introduce new items to the room such as a new mattress or new furniture until a month after the technician’s last visit.

How our treatment works

Bed bugs are one of the hardest pests to get rid of. Treatments will only work if the correct preparation and aftercare are carried out. Please be aware it takes several weeks to completely eliminate an infestation of bed bugs whichever treatment is used.

Insecticide spray

x2 insecticide sprays will eliminate a bed bug infestation but this is only guaranteed if the second spray is within 1-month of the first and the correct preparation and aftercare is undertaken.

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

Steam is applied under pressure to the walls, ceilings, carpets, bed frame, mattress, furniture and surrounding areas where bed bugs may crawl and live. All the bed bugs will be killed immediately, however, we recommend following the treatment with an insecticide spray to pick up those bugs hidden inside deep cavities not reached by the steam.

Steam treatment + x2 insecticide sprays

This is the fastest way to eliminate a bed bug infestation because extreme heat kills bed bugs instantly. Eggs or bugs that are deep within cracks and crevices may not die which is why the insecticide sprays are necessary.

Products we use

The technician will state which insecticide has been used on the report they give you after they have completed the treatment. Click each product to access its safety data sheet. All insecticides are biodegradable, almost odourless, non-tainting and don't corrode or stain.

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 and 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.

Product to purchase from our online shop

The monitors listed below will help you to confirm if you have a bed bug infestation and which rooms are affected, The other products will help with the preparation and aftercare. We recommend you use one of Pest UK’s experienced technicians to treat your bed bug infestation.

Mattress covers

After any bed bug treatment, the treated room must be slept in continuously for up to 8-weeks to encourage the bed bugs to crawl over the treated surfaces.

Our specialist mattress cover isolates bed bugs present in the mattress until they die out. It has been designed to be a barrier to the entry and exit of bed bugs so it stops them biting and prevents new bed bugs from getting into the mattress.

The mattress cover can be used as soon as an infestation of bed bugs is discovered. The bed bugs present in the mattress will eventually die as they can’t survive without human blood to feed on, however, there will still be bed bugs present in other places until they are treated.

As well as providing protection against bed bugs, it also protects against dust mites and allergens. The mattress cover is machine washable hot, tumble dry medium.

Buy Protect-A-Bed Aller-Zip Mattress Covers from our online shop
Prices for Protect-A-Bed Aller-Zip Mattress Covers from £64.08 including VAT + £10 shipping/postage

Bed bug monitors

If you suspect that you have a bed bug infestation and need confirmation we recommend you use our safe, non-toxic Lureking Bed Bug Monitors. The monitors can also be used to assist in mapping the boundaries of a bed bug infestation and identifying areas with the greatest problem. A lure is included in the glue. We can identify the bugs if you email a photo of them to services@pestuk.com

Buy Lureking Bed Bug Monitors from our online shop 

Price for a pack of x100 Lureking bed bug monitors £82.80 including VAT +£10 shipping/postage

 

 

For a speedier way to confirm a bed bug infestation, we can supply TruDetx™ Bed Bug Rapid Tests which detect bed bug residue in just five minutes with an accuracy rate of over 90% (based on internal testing).

Buy TruDetx™ Bed Bug Rapid Tests from our online shop 

Price for a pack of x5 TruDetx™ Bed Bug Rapid Tests
£231.84 including VAT + £10 shipping/postage

 

 

 

 

Disposal of mattresses

If you choose to dispose of your mattress, to prevent spreading any bed bugs throughout your property it is advisable to put the mattress into a bag before removing it from the infested room.

Buy Polythene Mattress Disposal Bags from our online shop

Price for a pack of x5 250-gauge polythene bags
£41.22 including VAT + £10 shipping/postage

Laundering contaminated bed linen

To safely transport contaminated/infested bed linen from the bedroom to the washing machine with no risk of spreading the infestation we recommend using water soluble laundry bags and a wash cycle with a minimum water temperature of 20˚C.

Buy Water Soluble Laundry Bags from our online shop

Price for a pack of x25 water soluble laundry bags
£31.30 including VAT + £10 shipping/postage