Bed Bug Control
All year round, Bed Bugs can be a serious problem, although they are more active in the summer months.
Here is some information and advice about dealing with a Bed Bug infestation.
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There is one main bed bug species affecting the UK, Cimex lectularious. Most often found in bedrooms as these insects like to feed at night, however, they can also be found in lounges, particularly in sofas and chairs .
Bed Bugs feed on blood, nothing else, so they have adapted mouth parts that allow them to penetrate human or animal skin, inject anaesthetic , then suck your blood without you feeling anything. Some people react to the bite and show clear evidence in the form of the common visible insect bite marks, others show little evidence of being bitten by Bed Bugs.
The female Bed Bug can lay between 200-500 eggs during her lifetime.
This insect can go into a "dormant" mode for up to 9 months, thereby allowing it to survive long periods without feeding.
Evaluation and preparation for treatment.
Before commencing the treatment is is important to find where the Bed Bugs are hiding / living.
Strip the bed first and place all bedding in plastic bags, seal and remove from the room. Carefully vacuum the mattress and bed framework.
Check the bed frame and mattress carefully for blood spots paying particular attention to headboard (back and front) The bed frame should be broken down to its smallest components
It would be useful to have a can of Rentokil Insectrol Crawling Insect Killer to hand in case you find live adults, a quick spray will kill these before they have a chance to escape.
If the bed has a divan base, ensure you turn this upside down and carefully check the base, and, if it has drawers, remove the drawers and check those. Also look inside the divan base for any evidence of bed bug activity.
Remove drawers from bedside cabinets and check top and bottom of drawers and also up-end the cabinet in case they are hiding underneath or on the back of the cabinet.
Check behind any wall fixings (lights) or pictures hanging near the bed.
Check behind curtains of any windows near the bed
Hopefully, after the above works, you will know more about your problem and the extent of treatment required.
To protect treated mattresses you can buy special mattress covers that prevent re-infestation of the mattress. These are very effective, click on the mattress image on the right to go to our mattress cover section.
Effecting the initial Bed Bug treatment
Having searched carefully you are now ready to tackle the Bed Bug problem. We strongly recommend the use of one of our Bed Bug Packs, which come with everything you need to do the job thoroughly and properly.FOGGING: Using a fog or smoke insecticide only achieves a quick kill of exposed insects, it is NOT a complete treatment in itself.
Follow-Up Bed Bug treatments
It is vitally important to carry out follow up Bed Bug treatments, as, even if no further infestation is evident, there will still be eggs that have not hatched. By the time such eggs hatch the chemical strength will have depreciated and may not kill emerging instars. Additionally, some bugs may decide to lay dormant in view of the chemical treatment that they sense, therefore these Bed Bugs could revive themselves several months after your treatment, and in this case, all the liquid applied will have lost its potence. Only the Pro-Active Dust will remain a threat to them.
So, a second treatment should be effected two weeks after the initial treatment and then a further treatment after one month. These three treatments will wipe out most infestations if carried out thoroughly.
You follow-up treatments do not need to include the use of the Pro-Active Dust unless the original application has been vacuumed away.
Re-treat all the areas that were originally treated. On the third Bed Bug treatment it should not be necessary to strip down the bed frame, as in the first two treatments.