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Get Rid Of Bed Bug Problems | Bed Bug Removal Specialists

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. Infestations have been increasing since 2003 due to increased 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 are more likely to be discovered in summer as they breed and bite more when it’s hot, making them much more noticeable.

How do bed bugs get into your home

Bed bugs are usually brought into your home in travel bags, bedding, clothing, pillows and other fabric items. They are frequently picked up in hotels as well as other places where there is a high density and turnover of people, such as theatres and public transport. They can be brought into your home in second-hand clothing and furniture.

Where do bed bugs live

Bed bugs are mostly found in bedrooms. 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, 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. It’s unlikely you’ll see them unless you look for them.

  • 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.

They usually only infest rooms that are slept in. We recommend treating any adjoining bedrooms to the infested room. They can lay dormant for up to 12-months so be careful with any objects removed and then re-introduced back into a bedroom within this time frame.

Preparation prior to treatment

Whichever method of treatment is used to get rid of bed bugs, failure to prepare properly will lead to the treatment failing and the guarantee being void.

  • All items of bedding need to be put through a hot water wash followed by a hot dry cycle.
  • Carpets and curtains must be steam-cleaned.
  • Mattresses need vacuuming with a special filter to trap the bed bugs and prevent them 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.

Insecticide treatment

PESTUK use insecticide sprays to treat the walls, ceilings, carpets, bed frame, mattress, furniture and surrounding areas where bed bugs may crawl and live. Our technicians are thorough; loose carpet will be pulled back so the area below can be sprayed and all cracks and crevices in the plaster of the walls and ceiling as well as the area behind loose wallpaper will be sprayed. We use insecticide powders in voids, large electrical items and electrical sockets and light fittings.

All the insecticides we use are the latest available and are completely harmless to mammals, biodegradable, almost odourless, non-tainting and do not corrode or stain.

Insecticide sprays

  • Effect Microtech CS’* which contains Permethrin, HSE Number 6287 made by Sorex
  • K-Othrine WG250, HSE Number 5390 which contains deltamethrin 25%

Insecticide powders

  • Ficam D* which contains the insecticide @ 1% w/w Bendiocarb
  • Killgerid which works by scratching the cuticle (shell) of the insect that causes the insect to die of dehydration.

We recommend a second visit by our technicians three weeks later. Spot checks and re-treatments can be carried out in areas where bed bugs were originally found in case any eggs have hatched.

After insecticide treatment

  • Do not let domestic animals walk on treated surfaces until dry.
  • Insecticides last up to 2-months on surfaces and carpets so do not wash, vacuum or clean them.
  • The treated room(s) must be heated and occupied at night as this encourages the bed bugs to crawl over the treated surfaces. It is important to reduce humidity and keep the premises warm as this speeds up eradication.
  • Be prepared to see some bed bugs for at least 2-weeks after treatment. If you see bed bugs after this time then another spray may be necessary.
  • Do not introduce ‘new’ furniture to an infested area, unless it has been treated, until the infestation has been eradicated.

Heat treatment

Extreme heat kills bed bugs. Heat treatment works by applying steam under pressure to all the areas which would be treated with an insecticide spray. A very high percentage of bed bugs are killed immediately but rarely will a single heat treatment kill them all.

However, heat treatment is a quicker eradication process than insecticide treatment. After an insecticide treatment the occupier has to sleep in the treated room until the infestation has died off. This may take several weeks as the bed bugs have to come out of their harbourage and crawl over the treated surface to absorb the insecticide and then die.

PESTUK recommend that heat treatment is used in conjunction with an insecticide treatment. We cannot guarantee heat treatment alone.

Guarantee for insecticide treatment

We guarantee an insecticide treatment only after a second spray has been carried out and only if the correct preparation and after care has been carried out prior to and after each treatment. This includes continuous occupation of the bedrooms, otherwise the treatment will fail.

This guarantee is for one month after the second spray and only valid if the second spray has been carried out within one month of the first.

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