Bed Bugs

Bed bugs are without doubt one of the most unpleasant insect to infest our homes. They mostly infest bedrooms and beds. Bed bugs tend to hide within the structure of the bed and emerge to bite and feed at night.

We appreciate you may have lots of questions relating to this problem, so feel free to ask.

Cost

The cost for this type of treatment depends on many factors, including the number of bedrooms infested and the extent of the population. However, most domestic problems can be controlled over three or four treatments at reasonable costs. A single treatment usually costs £80 plus vat, and visits are usually spaced at three week intervals.  Quotations can often be given over the phone.

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what to look for

Often blood spotting can be seen on the bed frames, headboards and on the bed sheets. They tend to bite areas uncovered at night. Bites are often unpleasant, but some people get bitten but show no evidence of bites. Live adult bed bugs are quite large, about the size of a drawing pin. The eggs, and juveniles range in size from less than one millimetre through to the adult size.

In severe infestations they can infest the whole room, and number into the hundreds. In severe infestations blood spotting will also be on the walls, skirting boards and around door frames.

control

Bed bugs are difficult to control and require a very professional approach. Spray treatment to the floor area, bed frames and wardrobes are required. This has to be very thorough and rarely can be achieved by D.I.Y measures. Sometimes mattresses or beds may have to be replaced. 

Often several treatments are required. Pets and children have to be out of the house during treatment, and two hours afterwards until completely dry.

Questions Answered:

Will i have to replace the bed or mattress ? It depends on the type of bed you have and how bad the infestation is. The best beds for bed bug control are wooden slatted beds, as seen in the photo below. Divan beds and leather beds have large numbers of hiding places for the bed bugs to avoid the chemical treatments. Please ask our advice if you are replacing the beds. Mattresses do not normally need to be replaced, unless they are old or the infestation is particularly heavy.

Do we have to dispose of pillows or bed linen ? Not normally, just wash the bed linen at 60 degrees where possible.

How long does it take for the treatment to work ? The initial treatment will begin to kill the bed bugs immediately, but some of the bed bugs will not move from their hiding places for weeks at a time. A normal treatment program consists of three or four treatments, with three week intervals in between treatments. So the whole process can take 6 to 9 weeks. This is also dependant on the severity of the problem and how tidy the room is. 

Where did they come from, why have i got them ? The most common cause of infestation is the purchase of second hand bedroom furniture. Bed bugs live in the bed frames, mattresses, but also in bedside cabinets and wardrobes. Bed bugs will also infest suitcases when you are travelling, and they are happy to move from a hotel room into your bedroom, travelling in your belongings. If you run a hotel or B and B customers can easily bring the bed bugs from home, and infest your premises. 

How can I prevent getting them in future ? In short you can not. You can reduce the chances of getting them, and remain vigilant to catch a problem early. We can offer regular inspections, or show you what to look for. 

Is the treatment guaranteed ? We guarantee to do a thorough job, but there are too many factors out of our control to give 100% guarantees. If you follow our advice we will get the problem solved. Problems can re-occur months after the initial treatment, so constant vigilance is required. 

Can we sleep in the room between treatments ? Yes, and unfortunately this is essential. Bed bugs only move around at night and when the bedroom is occupied. If you move out, or move to another room the bed bugs will sit still and wait for you to return. If they sit still they will not come into contact with the chemical and will not be killed. 

Are non chemical treatments possible ? Yes and No. There are other treatments used in conjunction with chemical spray treatments. Any item that can be frozen ( placed in a freezer ) will kill the insects. Soft toys, books, personal items etc can all be frozen to remove the live bed bugs. Heat treatments using steam can also be used on items that can not be sprayed, or frozen.