Bed bug treatment
Bedbugs can hide in many places, including on bed frames, mattresses, clothing, furniture, behind pictures and under loose wallpaper.
Signs of bedbugs include:
- Bites – often on areas exposed while sleeping, like the face, neck, and arms.
- Spots of blood on your bedding – from the bites or from squashing a bedbug.
- Small brown spots on bedding or furniture (bedbug poo).
Some people have a reaction to the bites. They can be very itchy and there may be painful swelling. A severe allergic reaction (anaphylaxis) is also possible but rare.
Bed bugs feed only on human blood but can survive for up to a year without a blood meal so vacating the room and hoping for the problem to go is not the case. They can also spread to different rooms or areas by crawling or being carried on items such as bedding or clothing. Bed bugs spend most of their time in dark places, hidden in bed frames and mattress’ etc so the chances of you seeing a bed bug may be very slim.
Bed bugs have an incomplete life cycle which consists of 3 stages Egg, nymph (small version of adult), and adult. The female bed bug breeds and can lay up to 500 eggs in a lifetime at a rate of up to 5 eggs per day, the milky-white eggs are roughly one millimetre long and visible to the naked eye. The eggs are deposited in crevices and cracks on bed frames, baseboards, furniture and carpets the female uses an adhesive layer to ensure the eggs remain in place. Eggs hatch within 1-2 weeks, the nymphs that emerge can feed on blood immediately but are unable to reproduce until they have fully matured. They undergo five moulting stages before reaching adulthood, during each stage they must feed at least once. The time taken to mature depends on the temperature – from three weeks in warm weather to four months in cold weather.
One of the very few successful ways to eradicate bed bugs is to apply a direct heat to every piece of furniture in the room and then apply a residual insecticide spray to all surfaces and then repeat the insecticide spray again 2 weeks later.
All clothing and bedding in the room will need to be washed at 60c prior to the treatment taking place and the room will have to stay vacant for at least 24 hours after.
For fast and effective insect control call Richard on 07947 861855.