Bed bugs conceal themselves very well although they are visible to the human eye. They stay undetected as they retreat into cracks and crevices in your home. The bedbug feeds on the host by finding a bare patch of skin through which it forces the feeding tube of its mouthparts whilst at the same time injecting the host with its saliva. The saliva contains a chemical that prevents the blood from clotting and it is this substance that causes the itch and swelling associated with the bite.
Bedbugs are more active at night and infestations occur mainly in the bedroom and lounge areas. These insects need to be where a host is going to be and if in the bedroom, they will come out at night while the host is sleeping. Bed bugs can be found in bed frames, headboards, wardrobes, behind any loose or peeling wallpaper and in cracks in woodwork. In the living area they tend to be found in soft furnishings and are often found around the arm joints of armchairs. Generally black dots closely bunched together are signs of bed bug faeces. Bed bugs also hide under your carpets.
The initial warning of a growing infestation is from being bitten. The bite from this insect can be very irritating and the resulting irritancy of the anti-coagulant chemical around the bite site can be severe, particularly to people with soft sensitive skin. Scratching is difficult to resist but this can cause infection of the bite area. If this is a likely problem, you should consult a Doctor or Chemist to obtain appropriate medication.
How do we control bedbugs?
A thorough inspection should be made to determine the extent and source of the infestation. Bedbugs are the number one transported pest. They can be carried into homes if we have been in a location with a bed bug infestation such as cinemas, hotels, public transport or from sleeping in an infected bed.
Treatment for bedbugs is detailed and complex. We would normally need to carry out three visits against bedbugs. Treatment consists of a dual insecticide treatment to the entire premises apart from the kitchen and bathroom. Before the treatment commences the residents are asked to vacate the premises and cannot return for four hours.
We would usually need to carry out two further visits at weekly intervals after the initial treatment and the premises are treated in exactly the same way as the initial visit. Once the treatments have been carried out, our technician will fill out an online inspection report and discuss ways of preventing re-infestation.
Our bed bug treatment comes with a three month guarantee.