Bed bugs are one of the worst offenders when it comes to pest infestations. They can crop up anywhere, from countryside cottages to city centre dwellings, resulting in very itchy sheets wherever they reside. Empire, based in London provide a fully qualified bed bug removal service to home owners and businesses alike within 24 hours of contact.
It’s essential that pest experts are called in to identify possible bed bug habitats and behaviours, confirming an infestation, and finding the safest solution to such a problem and the right treatment to eradicate the existence of bed bugs completely, from the bed and surrounding areas that could also be infected.
Infestations of bed bugs can occur in furnished rooms, such as those in hostels, hotels and shared or rented housing. They can remain in these locations for quite some time if the environment is left undisturbed or the sheets unchanged for extended periods. Before moving into a property, you should always consider and investigate whether or not there are any signs of a bed bug infestation.
However, even those who maintain their rooms to a good standard, following good hygiene patterns and practices, are not immune to bed bugs. That’s why knowing that there is a local, professional pest service that can be relied upon is so important. And for London, Empire Pest Control is that company.
About Bed Bugs
Adult bed bugs measure approximately 5mm in length, and their bodies are flat and oval in shape. Males’ and females’ shapes differ slightly in that the former have more of a pointed shape, and the latter have more rounded abdomens. They also have distinctive features with 3-segmented beaks, 4-segmented antennae, and vestigial wings, as well as short gold hair covering the body.
Interestingly, their usual colour is brown, but after each blood meal, they turn purple. It is also worth noting that bed bugs can survive many months without feeding, and it only takes one full blood meal for their nymphs to move on to the next stage of their five-stage development.
Naturally, their reproduction plays a significant part in the scale and rate of infestation. After “traumatic insemination” bed bugs will lay their eggs on surfaces, which can be transported passively onto other materials, luggage and so on. In this same way, the bed bugs themselves (who cannot fly) can be moved.
This is one of the most efficient ways for the population, and, therefore, for the infestation to spread. In fact, bed bugs will travel anything between five and twenty feet to find a host on which to feed. And being nocturnal feeders, sleeping humans make easy meals, but they will also feed on other mammals, birds and rodents.
How Bed Bugs Affect You
For any property suffering a bed bug infestation is “in a verminous condition” according to the Public Health Act 1936, the owners of these properties are obliged by law to seek professional treatment.
Whilst bed bugs aren’t considered to carry diseases; their feeding can incite nasty skin irritation, as well as a lack of sleep and energy, or listlessness. Their bites can be hard, white swellings, but their reactions and severity can vary.
Other unpleasant effects of a bed bug infestation include the distinctive, musty, almond-like smell emitted by the insects, as well as the speckled excrement they leave. However, these same things are a good indication as to whether or not you have an infestation.
So if your property is displaying symptoms of an infestation, or suffering from one outright, call Empire Pest Control and make use of our experience and specialist bed bug pest control services. We will provide a free inspection of the property, as well as an on-site report, before discussing the problem and any further advice or treatment.
We can then rid your property of bed bugs 24 hours a day, using safe extermination. All we ask is that you vacuum and wash any soft furnishings or clothing you suspect could be infested, to ensure our procedures are as effective and successful as possible.
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