Bed bug infestation
Bed bugs are nocturnal insects that feed on warm-blooded animals as well as humans. In urban areas these bugs can cause serious trouble, due to a number of factors, such as the increased number of people travelling and the bugs’ natural resistance to commercial bed bug sprays. Bed bug bites are very unpleasant and for some people with certain levels of allergies to them, they could be a complete nightmare.
Even companies specialising in bed bug treatments in London and across the UK have been challenged by this difficult to eradicate pest, due to various reasons. One of those reasons is that bed bugs have evolved and developed physiological defence mechanisms to resist commercial bed bug sprays and even some professional insecticides.
These bugs are also difficult to spot because they hide very well and the newly-hatched nymphs are almost translucent in colour and as tiny as 2 mm to 3 mm in length. Despite the bugs’ behaviour and physiology, one of the most significant reasons for the surge of bed bug infestations across the most populated cities in the world is the travelling people and infested luggage.
Bed bug signs
The first signs of an infestation, apart from the bed bug bites, are usually dark specks and marks on the mattress and the bed frame, which are, in essence, bed bugs faeces. When looking for bed bugs, you should always keep in mind that these bugs are attracted to all kinds of natural insulation, e.g. wood, cardboard and carton, paper, natural fabrics and leather. Bed bugs will hide in cracks, crevices, holes or gaps, associated with the above-mentioned materials. Another sign of a bed bug infestation would be the presence of blood or rusty brown spots on the bedding, as well as shed skin, eggs or egg shells.
Some of the most popular do-it-yourself methods for bed bug extermination and control, like the bed bug sprays, may often result in spreading the infestation around the other parts of your property. As bed bug specialists, we would recommend vacuum cleaning on a regular basis (just make sure to bin the vacuum bag afterwards), hot wash at 60 Celsius or more, steam and dry clean (or tumble dry if the other options are not applicable).
Bed bug control
Bed bugs in London and across the UK have recently been causing a lot of stress and sleepless nights. The blood-sucking insect is nocturnal and hides well most of the time, coming out to bite usually at night. Bed bugs and their infestations most often spread around with infested luggage, personal belongings and clothing, as well as with second hand furniture. If you spot any of the most common signs of this pest, such as black specks on the mattress and/or the bed frame, rusty blood stains on the bedding, etc.. we would recommend that you call a professional pest control company for advice.
Prime Pest Control have developed a team of bed bug specialists that would be able to get rid of these pesky pests quickly and effectively. All of our pest technicians are trained by the British Pest Control Association (BPCA) and from their experience they have learned how to successfully exterminate and control various bed bug infestations across East, West, South, North London and all the surrounding counties. We offer bespoke bed bug treatment programmes to businesses, as well as customers in residential properties. Our individually-tailored bed bug control solutions include only the most effective methods for eradication with guaranteed high success rates. These integrated bed bug management schemes would include non-toxic or human-friendly treatments, or even both of them combined for optimal efficacy. Within these programmes, depending on the individual cases and requirements, we would include steam or carbon dioxide treatments, as well as one of the most efficient eradication method for bed bugs – the heat treatment with hot air.
The whole process of bed bug removal and control starts with a detailed inspection of the property, followed by a targeted treatment, which will focus on the most probable hideouts and nests of the bugs. The main treatment will be carried out upon agreement, by both parties, on the methods that will be used for the bed bug extermination. We guarantee that all techniques that we use are safe and compliant with all pest-related legislation, regulations and business standards. Right after the main treatment our bed bug exterminator will advise you on the best practices for prevention and post-treatment monitoring and control. You will be also briefed on the Control of Substances Hazardous to Health (COSHH) and all post-treatment procedures that you need to follow. Depending on the level of infestation and all individual circumstances, more than one visit and, respectively, treatment may be required. In such cases we discount the price for every following treatment significantly.
About Bed Bugs
The bed bug is a tiny nocturnal insect, which feeds sucking blood from humans and warm-blooded animals. The most common bed bug species in the urban areas is the Cimex Lectularius and it has been causing a lot of nuisance and stress throughout London and the rest of the UK. This bug is a well-known pest in most of the world’s capitals, big cities and tourist destinations. Nowadays, bed bugs have become one of the most difficult pest insects to get rig of because of their physiology and behaviour, but also due to the surge of people travelling and bed bugs hitch-hiking on their luggage, clothes, and other belongings. Moreover, bed bugs have developed, in the past decades, unique defence techniques to resist certain active ingredients in the most common commercial bed bug sprays as well as in some of the professionally used insecticides. In our experience we have had many cases, where our customers had spread their infestations around their properties, because of resistant bed bug populations or misuse of some do-it-yourself methods for bed bug extermination and control.
Bed bugs can easily spread around a property but rarely, in cases of severe infestations, may they migrate from one building to another. When trying to locate the bugs you should consider that they always try to settle down as close as possible to their hosts. In cases when the bugs have been unsuccessfully tackled by either you or a pest technician, they may spread around the property and hide in unusual hideouts. Bed bugs prefer to hide within natural insulation materials, such as wood, fabrics, leather, paper, and carton, and the associated cracks and crevices. If they had a choice, they would prefer wood to any other materials. These tiny insects are not as agile as other pest insects but they hide incredibly well and may even survive without blood meals for months.
These pests are nocturnal and they become active at night when they usually bite. They can sense our presence by detecting our temperature and the carbon dioxide that we exhale. If these bugs are left without a blood meal they can hibernate (as well as in cases when the temperature drops below 16 Celsius) and survive for an entire year. Bed bugs may crawl more than 70 metres in one hour looking for a blood meal and very often they spread around the property going from one floor to another or infesting the adjoining parts. A bed bug infestation will spread from one building to another only in severe cases, which have gone out of control. Bed bugs reproduce relatively quickly as an egg will pass through 5 nymph stages and become a fully grown adult within a month, depending on the availability of food and the temperature. During its lifespan of about nine months, a female bed bug will lay up to 500 eggs.