How to Get Rid of Bedbugs
Bed bugs love to travel and can be introduced into the home easily on second hand furniture or fabrics, packages or luggage and also on humans. The adult bed bugs feed on blood and this practice can lead to itching and localised infection in humans. The infection may become more widespread if the bitten individual scratches the bite or is allergic to bed bugs.
Bed bug females can lay two to three eggs every day in a lifespan, which is usually a few months. The female deposits eggs in cracks or crevices, like mattress seams. Bed bugs hatch as nymphs and there are five nymph stages to adulthood. The nymph sheds its shell case at each stage after a meal of blood.
Finding Bed Bugs
If you have the following tell-tale signs, then you are likely to have a bedbug infestation:
- Adult bed bugs are red-brown in colour and the size of an apple pip
- Nymphs are smaller and resemble poppy seeds
- After eating, bed bugs deposit faeces, which appear as brown or black stains
- Their bites are shaped like red welts
Getting rid of bed bugs
There are some old remedies for treating bed bugs, such as cedar oil. These may provide short term relief but if all areas of infestation are not treated, the treated area will be re-infected. Washing and drying bedding at high temperatures is another effective short term solution but eggs are probably in the mattress rather than the bedding and so when they hatch the bedding will be infested again. Chemical methods available over the counter face similar problems and often leave unpleasant residue and odour.
If you suspect you may have a bed bug infestation through seeing one or more of the signs, call us in as a professional pest control company. Catching an infestation in its early stages is important for successful control of the problem.
Scoping the extent of infestation
Prior to treatment, it’s important to scope out the extent of the infestation. Here at Speedy Pest Control we can help with this task:
- Carry out a comprehensive survey of the house for signs of bed bugs, nymphs or eggs.
- Live bed bugs
- Dead bed bugs
- Shed nymph skins
- Signs of faecal deposits
- Tiny off white coloured eggs
- Assess the whole house, starting with the bed and bedroom furniture
- Document the findings
- Advise workable solutions
Treating the infestation
Targeted heat is an effective pest control method for bed bugs.
The dry heat delivered affects eggs, nymphs and adults causing extreme dehydration and death. One targeted treatment is sufficient to control a bed bug infestation. This makes it cost effective and causes minimal disruption to your business or home.
Repeat visits to check for re infestation are advisable.
Do you think you’ve spotted bed bugs in your home or hospitality business? Contact us today on 0800 690 6920 for more information about our bedbug removal service. Alternatively, you can fill in our online form to get a no obligation quote.
How bed bugs spread
Once introduced into your home, bedbugs can spread easily from room to room. They do not fly or jump, but can crawl quickly.
They can soon spread within a building by getting through holes in walls or pipes, and can potentially invade blocks of flats, hotels or hospitals. The bugs can also be transported in luggage, clothing, furniture and bedding from one building to the next.
This makes is easy for tourists and commuters to unknowingly spread bedbugs.
Getting rid of the bugs It can be extremely difficult to get rid of a bed bug infestation from your home, so it is wise to contact your local pest control firm.
Bed Bugs Pest Control
Bed bugs are parasitic insects of the cimicid family that feed exclusively on blood.There are several methods to control bed bugs. Physical methods of controlling bedbugs include steam cleaning, vacuuming, heating, freezing, washing, and throwing out items.natural products found at most stores.
Bed bugs prefer to hide in cracks and crevices during the daytime and come out to feed on the host’s blood at night, usually while the host is sleeping.non-chemical methods of killing bed bugs. The pest control operator will usually give you specific instructions to prepare for an inspection or treatment.