Why do we get bed bugs?
As you would expect bed bugs are often found around beds and sleeping areas, but they are happy to live anywhere they can find the sustenance they need. They are attracted to and feed on warm-blooded animals to survive, this can be either humans or animals. Bed bugs are so called because, although they are not exclusively nocturnal, they are mainly active at night and while we sleep we provide a constant supply of blood for them. Beds with their seams and crevices provide a perfect hiding place. However, it is possible to have bed bug problems outside of the bedroom. Any place that humans sit, rest or sleep can be a place of interest for bed bugs.
Bed bug fact file
Here are some useful bed bug facts to help you understand the pest better.
- Adults roughly 5mm long
- Reddish brown in colour, purple after feeding
- Well-developed antennae
- Six legs with clawed feet
- Simple eye
How do bed bugs spread?
The spread of the bed bug is proving to be a very big problem. Knowing how they get around is key to avoiding a bed bug infestation in your home. They are primarily transported by humans, and in human belongings, like suitcases. Hotel chains are spending small fortunes dealing with bed bugs and with so many people coming and going, hotels are a classic place to pick them up. They are also easily transported in second hand furniture, so beware. Bed bugs tend to move to other areas once they are disturbed. When you first identify a bed bug issue make sure to apply the most effective product as mentioned at the bottom of this article. Effective bed bug control is essential to stop the spread of these bugs.
Do I have bed bugs?
Before attempting any kind of bed bug control we highly recommend you spend enough time to thoroughly inspect the premises to identify existing and potential bed bug hiding locations. The effectiveness of any control measures will be largely dependent on your initial inspection of the area. Most small or new bed bug infestations can be dealt with using our selection of products. We have provided you below with a handy checklist of common areas for bed bugs to hide. This will help with your inspection process.
Bed bug check list
Where to look
- Joints in the bed frame and areas where fabric has been attached to the bed frame
- The mattress, particularly seams, buttons and edge beading
- Gaps behind skirting boards or floor boards
- Gaps behind loose or torn wallpaper
- Gaps behind electrical fittings
- Bedroom furniture, including drawers, particularly the joins.
- Behind pictures on the walls.
What am I looking for?
- The bed bug itself
- Eggs or empty egg cases
- Blackish spots of bug excrements
- Blood smears
What do our experts say is the best way to control bed bugs?
Bed bugs are notoriously difficult to eliminate even for the seasoned professional, but with the right preparation and thoroughness we have everything you need to successfully remove your bed bug problem. The first step we would recommend you to take is:
- Methodically prepare the room by stripping the bed and bagging up the linen for laundering. Thoroughly vacuum the mattress, floor and any other soft furnishings.
- Dismantle the bed, bedside cabinet and any other items of furniture where bed bugs would be likely to be hiding.
- Once this is prepared use our range of bed bug products to treat the room. We recommend a combination of products. For example, use smoke bombs to kill any exposed bugs, insecticidal spray for the carpets, mattress and other soft furnishings and insecticidal powder for treating bedframes, wardrobes, skirtings etc.
Products to get rid of bed bugs
Bed bugs can be a big problem for all of us if they are not dealt with effectively. The key to bed bug control is to correctly identify areas of infestation, prepare the area properly by removing the bedding, dismantling the bed and treating EVERYWHERE, including inside wardrobes and cabinets, not forgetting the drawers and all the joints. Don’t forget behind skirting boards, behind picture frames or in any little nooks and crannies a bedbug might hide. All of our products have been handpicked by experts to help you deal with these pests. We appreciate that bedbugs can be difficult to deal with so, If you have any questions or need any advice feel free to get in touch with a member of our team. We hope this bed bug guide has answered some of your questions and given you an insight into the world of bed bug control.