Bed Bug Control
Bed bugs disappeared from Great Britain about 20 years ago, but then people started backpacking across Australia and Asia, and brought them back to the UK. Bed bugs aren't something that people like to admit to having, so some people try to deal with the problem themselves. Using the wrong chemicals enables bed bugs to build up a resistance to some insecticides, causing the pest control industry great problems in eradicating this pest.
Left untreated, bed bugs can become costly. In August 2011, two sisters were awarded £2,300 after being bitten during a stay in a London hotel. Earlier in 2011 a jumbo jet had to be grounded after a passenger was bitten by bed bugs.
How to identify a Bed Bug problem
Bed bugs are visible to the naked eye. They live in the cracks and crevices of mattresses and headboards. They also live behind curtain boards, in plug sockets and any other little gap where they can hide until feeding time. To identify a bed bug infestation, check around the edges of the mattress, the buttons, springs and the headboard for black marks. These are the bed bugs' droppings.
Often the first indication of bed bugs is blood spots on sheets followed by itching. Bed bugs appear at night to feed on whoever is in the bed, and their bites cause irritation and distress. Scratching the bites can lead to secondary infection. By the time people realise there is a problem, it will be quite bad.
How to get rid of Bed Bugs
Unlike many other pests, bed bugs do not care if their accommodation is a back-street bed-sit, or a millionaire's penthouse - once in, they are very hard to eradicate yourself.
Treatment involves multiple visits from bed bug removal services and turning beds upside down, shaking curtains, moving wardrobes and treating adjoining rooms. If a hotel room is infested, the accommodation on the next floor up and the floor below must also be treated. A different insecticide, or alternative non-chemical control method has to be used on each visit as bed bugs often demonstrate resistance to certain chemical insecticides.
Bed bugs are a menace which should be taken seriously and dealt wth by professional bed bug control services. Timely control can prevent the spread of bed bugs.
Find out more about bed bugs in our article 'Bed Bugs - prevention is better than cure'
Fun facts about Bed Bugs
- Bed bugs are small insects that feed on human blood and are most active at times during the night when we are in our deepest sleep.
- A single adult bed bug can live for up to a year without feeding as they go into a dormant state.
- Once feeding regularly, a female bed bug will lay up to 500 eggs in a couple of months.
- Bed bugs are transported from infested areas when they cling onto clothing, or crawl into luggage, furniture or bedding
- Temperatures below 25 degrees F will freeze and kill bed bugs.
- Bed bugs are exceptionally difficult to get rid of because they hide so well and don't need to feed very often.
- Bed bugs mustn’t be confused with house dust mites who also live in our beds and mattresses but feed on shed human skin rather than blood.