Bed Bugs

In recent years, the number of bed bugs is increasing due to ease of transport and also their developed resistance to pesticides. Small blood-sucking animals can easily put on clothes or luggage and infest your home. These insects are known for their ability to survive and concealment, which makes them difficult to deal with.

Therefore, expert bed bug treatment must be done in time to avoid serious health problems and stop the infestation, immediately out of control. Our pest control expert will solve this problem.

Are you getting bitten in your sleep?

Then you may have a bed bug infestation – they like to feed on humans at night.

Bed bugs are a common pest because they are great hitchhikers and can find their way into your home or business in plastic bags, furniture, luggage, clothes – you name it.

So it’s not your fault if you have a bug infestation.

These bugs bite so you may notice you have them when you start seeing small groups of bites that look similar to a nettle sting or a rash.

One pregnant female can quickly lead to over 200 adult bed bugs and thousands of new eggs in 3 months.

Don’t worry though!

We are here to help you get rid of your problem.with our bug zapping heat treatments and our powerful (but pet and human friendly) insecticide.

We provide treatment in both domestic and commercial premises.

These common bugs can quickly multiply into hundreds or thousands in just a month, so early treatment is essential to prevent a much larger infestation occuring.

London has quite a bed bug problem because of the high turnover of people, the high amount of travelling people do in the city and also includes the many millions of tourists each year.

This all makes it easy for these bugs to get into your home as when you’re on the tube, staying at a hotel or at Heathrow airport as they could be just off a plane from Spain.

As more places get infested the random chance of bumping into this type of bug increases, this is why they are such a common pest.

So the myth that you get bed bugs because you have an unclean place is completely false – it is often times just bad luck.

Verifying  the presence of bed bugs

If you have found bed bugs or seen any evidence of them in your home. Then one of our pest technicians will come round and do a deep examination of your entire house to find out where these tiny creatures are hiding with their excellent detective skills.

With many years of experience in the pest control industry, we know all the most common hiding places.

Our trained staff will begin their inspection in the bedroom and any areas you have seen evidence of the little critters, and then work their way out from there.

They will check beds, storage spaces, furniture,  cracks and crevices, bed linen, bed framing, pieces of furniture around your home, attic insulation, mattress and box spring of your bed.

To the untrained eye it can be hard to spot where they are coming from, so finding a nest and using home remedies may not get rid of your infestation.

They are often in hard to find places because they are quite sneaky but with many years experience and armed with the best state of the art tools our pest control experts will find the little critters and eradicate them, so you can sleep soundly at night.

Treatment Plan

  • When our pest control expert has inspected your home they will then be able to recommend the best course of action.
  • They will recommend a treatment plan that is right for you based on the severity of the infestation and that has the least disruption to your life.
  • This can be insecticides, a heat treatment but using both is best for bed bug removal.
  • We usually recommend both to be sure you kill off all adults and soon to be adults (nymphs) so they don’t breed and carry on the problem.
  • They will remove all the visible bed bugs they find and treat the areas around them to kill off any that are hiding and their eggs.
  • We work quickly and use the best tools for the job to cause as little disruption to your life as possible.

Follow up treatment

Our staff will come back 2 weeks later for a follow-up visit to make sure the effectiveness of the treatment because they can sometimes be sneaky and difficult to get rid of.

This is because of the life cycle these tiny creatures lead, eggs are incredibly tiny and some can be missed, and because they mature in about 10 to 14 days it means when they are adult bed bugs they will be easily spotted a week or so later.

Once the followup visit is done they will then recommend the next steps for protecting your home and to help prevent future infestations in the future.

This is why we are one of the top pest management companies in London because our bed bug experts do a thorough job of finding where the little critters hide, getting rid of them effectively and then putting measures in place to prevent future infestations so you can sleep at night.

 

What Should You Do Before Your Bed Bug Inspection?

  1. You should remove all your bedding and clothing from the rooms that need treatment. Make sure to wash them in the washing machine above 60º C, then tumble dry on a hot setting for 30 minutes. You can also put items in a sealed plastic bag then put it in the freezer which a great way to get rid of bed bugs.
  2. Remove all items in the room especially those close to bed and under the bed, anything that looks like a bedbug could hide in it should be removed.
  3. It is a good idea to hoover in the rooms that are affected, don’t use the brush nozzle as they can latch on and not be vacuumed up. You want to hoover on both sides of the mattresses, the mattress covers, around the bed and in all the nooks and crannies you can find.
  4. It is a good idea to remove all pets from your home for a short period.
  5. To make it easy for our staff to treat your room you should position your furniture so they can treat around the skirting boards of your rooms

What Should You Do After Your Bed Bug Treatment?

  1. You should have somewhere to go for a few hours after the inspection so the insecticide can settle.
  2. When you get back you should open your windows and air out your rooms
  3. Leave the treated areas for a week which includes not vacuuming or mopping in the area.
  4. Sleep in the room where the treatment has been done because bed bugs like to feed on humans and come out only when there is someone to feed on. They will then come into contact with the treated surfaces and meet a timely demise.
  5. Be patient while the treatment takes its course and kills off all the adults, nymphs and eggs.

What Do Bed Bugs Look Like?

  • Adult bed bugs are usually brown but they can be reddish brown at certain times in their life cycle.
  • They have a flat body, are oval shaped and are about 3mm to 6mm in size (about ¼ of an inch).
  • There flat shaped body allows them to get into the tiniest of spaces and crevices.
  • They have strong legs that make it possible to crawl up vertical surfaces.
  • You can see them with the naked eye but it is best to use a magnifying glass.
  • Bug eggs are usually found close to where the person or animal sleeps and they are normally 2 to 3mm in size.
  • It is difficult to see these minute creatures during the early stages of their life cycle (nymphs) because they are so tiny.

Signs of a Bed Bug Infestation

Bed bugs are like ninjas because they are very good at hiding, however they leave evidence lying around so you can spot them.

The best indicators that you have a bed bug problem include

  • Shredded bed bug skins, shells and exoskeletons
  • Small blood stains on your duvet, sheets and around your bed
  • Brown stains on your sheets, bedding or your mattress
  • Finding small brown bugs around your bed
  • Bites on your arms about 1mm wide, neck, shoulders, back, feet or ankles

What do Bed Bug Bites Look Like?

Bed bug bites look similar to fleas and mosquito bites they look like raised red welts or a rash and can cause a burning or itching sensation.

You may see the bites in straight lines which is when the little critters are having an all you can eat banquet.

How Do You Treat Bed Bug Bites?

You can treat bed bug bites with soap and water, anti-itch cream or baking soda and water.

This should clear them up and reduce the itching, but if the symptoms persist you may be allergic to them and you should consult your doctor.

Where To Find Them

Bed bugs can hide in many places but they usually stay near to the person or animal they are feeding off.

However, they can survive for up to a year without feeding.

When looking in your bedroom you could find them in the bed frame, box springs, both sides of the mattress, any storage draws or cupboards and any dark spaces around your room like little crevices and holes in the skirting board.

Bed bugs can be found in lots of places and they can feed on your when you’re in one place for a little while.

So sitting on the couch watching TV, taking a taxi or going to your favourite hotel or cinema.

We think we are a top bed bug control company and our pest technicians are some of the best when it comes to bed bug treatment in London.

How Long After Treatment Will The Bed Bugs Die Off?

If you have a heat treatment then usually most adult bed bugs and eggs will be eradicated within a few hours because the high temperature kills them all off.

However some eggs can be missed and they take 10 to 14 days to hatch, which is why we include a follow up treatment to make sure that none of them was missed.

 

Bed Bug Infestation

  • Bed bugs often hitchhike from one destination to another.
  • They can follow you home if you’ve stayed in an infested hotel, or property.
  • Because of this second hand furniture poses a serious bed bug risk.

Bed Bug Control

  • The areas with activity need to be treated, as well as surrounding areas.
  • Bed bugs will try to avoid chemicals.
  • Treating the whole property including adjoining rooms improves chances of total eradication.
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