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 get on top of your bed bug problem.
Methodically prepare the room by stripping the bed and bagging the linen for laundering, thoroughly vacuum the mattress, floor and any soft furnishings, dismantle the bed, bedside cabinet and any other items of furniture where bed bugs might be hiding.
Use a range of our bed bug products to treat the room, smoke bombs as a first resort to kill any exposed bugs, insecticidal spray for the carpets, mattress and any other soft furnishings and insecticidal powder for treating inside divan beds, wardrobes or around electrical items and sockets.
Although bed bugs in themselves are not difficult to kill, the challenge is in finding all their hiding places. Young bed bugs can hide in crevices no wider than the thickness of a sheet of writing paper.
Unless all the bugs are eliminated, they will simple re-build their numbers and continue to give you a problem.
This is a fairly long section but if you are serious about bed bug control you should read it before starting with any control measures.
Before attempting any form of control it is essential to make time to thouroughly inspect the premises in order to identify existing and potential bed bug hiding places. The effectivness of any control measures you do will be largely dependent on the thoroughness of your initial survey.
If your problem is from a long-established infestation within houses of multi-occupancy, blocks of flats, hotels etc., then we recommend that you employ a specialist pest control company as such infestations can be extremely difficult and costly to eliminate.
Most small or new infestations can be dealt with on a DIY basis, but be aware that several treatments may be required to effect complete control because an amateur may not identify and treat all harbourages the first time.
Start your search close to the bed and gradually search the rest of the room.
Where to look for evidence of bed bugs:
What you are looking for:
How to eliminate:
Non-chemical measures play a significant role in the effective management of bed bug populations and should always be among the first control measures implemented.
The best non-chemical methods to control bed bugs are:
Synthetic chemical methods:
Insecticidal resistance is becoming an increasing problem in the treatment of bed bugs, which is further reason to try and use insecticides only as a back-up to other methods of control. No-one likes using insecticides in the home but from time to time they may be the only 'last resort' method available. However, this should not be the case with bed bugs.
Synthetic chemicals for bed bug control:
The secretive life style of the bed bug and its ability to occupy the smallest of cracks and crevices make it difficult to eliminate from an environment with a single attempt. You must be prepared to be vigilant and to repeat the treatment as necessary. It is very common, even with the services of professional pest controllers, for the bugs to 're-appear' after a few months. This may be due to re-introduction but is usually because the original infestation has not been completely eliminated.
Attention to detail is the key to effective bed bug control.
Please browse through our bed bug control products, including sprays and powders, and just contact us if you require any further assistance.
Use pecticides safely and always read and understand the labels.
Bed Bugs are closely associated with their principle prey, humans, so are to be found close to human sleeping places.
Bed Bug description:
Bed Bug life cycle:
Most bed bug infestations are to be found in domestic premises, hotels and guest houses, usually in bedrooms.
The wide diversity of potential harbourages should be kept in mind whilst searching for evidence of infestation.
Evidence of infestation:
In order to prevent future infestations of bed bugs it is important to understand how they tend to be transported between residences.
The most common sources of bed bug infestation within private residential homes are:
Whilst on vacation it is advisable to be vigilant about where staying and always be aware that you may be bringing home unwanted guests in your suitcases. Launder all clothes immediately on return and keep a suitable aerosol or steam cleaner in the house to spray/clean luggage before and after your trip.
If you wish to introduce second-hand furniture, fabrics etc into your house then carefully inspect them first and where appropriate, either launder in a hot wash, spray with Oa2ki which is pesticide-free organic insect control spray based on natural plant extracts or steam clean.
The most common sources of bed bug infestation within houses in multi-occupation are:
The best way to deal with these infestations is through early identification. Early identification can be greatly assisted through high standards of hygiene and good house-keeping which will help reveal the presence of bugs. The sooner their presence is identified and action taken the more effective and cheaper control will be.
After having successfully completed the bug control exercise, go round the room/s and seal all potential bug hiding places with a suitable mastic or decorators caulk.