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.
Bed Bugs – FAQ
Can pest control get rid of bed bugs?
Yes, a pest control technician can eradicate bed bugs, technicians are trained in the biology and behaviour of bed bugs, which means they can eradicate not only the roaming bed bug but also find the source to stop any reinfestation. The technician can also determine whether a chemical treatment or a heat treatment would be preferable.
Are bed bugs a threat to health?
Yes, bed bugs are a threat to health. Even though there is no evidence of bed bugs transmitting diseases, there are a number of negative effects like mental health issues, economic consequences and physical health issues. The bed bug bite in some cases can be extremely unpleasant and some people have allergic reactions to the bite.
How much does a bed bug treatment cost?
The cost to professionally remove bed bugs varies from job to job and would very much depend on what type of treatment is done, chemical or heat treatment. There are also other variables in regards to the size of the property, a one bed studio would cost a lost less than a six bedroom detached house but any reputable pest control company will offer a free survey.
How do I know if I have bed bugs?
The signs of bed bugs normally start with the bites and then when inspecting, you will normally find dark spots of excrement on the mattress, sheets, walls and bed clothes, you may also find blood spots on the sheets or pillowcases. There is sometimes an odour which very much depends on how long the bed bugs have infested the area and you could find shed skin or eggshells.
How long does it take to get rid of bed bugs?
A bed bug chemical treatment will normally take around an hour with treatments being carried three times over a two-week period. A bed bug heat treatment will normally be done in one day taking around 8 to 10 hours. These times can vary depending on size of the property and the severity of the infestation.
What precautions do I need to take during bed bug treatment?
Remove headboards and all items from under the beds, Remove bedding from the beds, and contents of drawers and cupboards, place in bin liners and close tightly for storage. Thoroughly vacuum clean the bedrooms and place the waste in a bin. It is not normally necessary to throw away infested items these can often be treated. The pest control officer will advise you on this. You must turn off any aquarium pumps and cover the tanks. Residents and pets must move out of the property for at least four hours after the treatment is completed.
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