Bed Bug Removal

HOW CAN I TELL IF I HAVE BED BUGS?

The following are signs that you may have a bed bug infestation:

  • Sightings – bed bugs are reddish-brown and typically roughly apple pip size, though size and colour vary greatly depending on their life-stage and how recently they fed. You may find bedbugs near the food sources, for example in mattress seams, buttons and bed frames. You may also be able to see them in electric sockets, cracks and crevices, on curtains or along skirting boards and carpet edges
  • Staining – bed bugs deposit their faeces after every meal. This will appear as dark brown stains on bedding especially around the edges of mattresses and bed frames where they are mainly found. This will be more pronounced with heavier infestations
  • Blood – spots of blood may be found in bedding. This is caused by the bed bugs feeding or from the crushing of the insect
  • Bites – bedbugs are nocturnal creatures and will feed when humans are asleep at night. These bites will be red, slightly swollen, itchy (an anti-itch cream such as calamine lotion may help) and may appear in clusters

WHAT CAUSES BED BUGS?

Bed bugs have an uncanny ability to spread using unsuspecting people and their belongings as carriers, making them skilled hitchhikers. In fact, they are primarily transported by humans and human belongings like suitcases.

Bed bugs get their name as they are usually found in close proximity to beds as they feed on humans sleeping in bed at night. The bite is painless whilst they feed and the blood meal takes about 10 minutes. They identify the presence of a suitable host through body heat and carbon dioxide from exhaled breath. Once they have fed they retreat back to their hidden harbourages for a week or so before seeking a further blood meal. This is what can make detecting the presence of bed bugs difficult while the infestation levels are low, which is why we have specially trained technicians who are experienced in bed bug detection and control.

HOW TO PREVENT A BED BUG INFESTATION?

Bed bug infestations are on the rise, mainly due to the increase of world travel. Bed bugs are primarily found where people are very transient such as hotels and student accommodation. Such places tend to report repeat infestations. Bed bugs do not fly, but they are fast walkers and excellent travellers! They can also be spread whilst hiding in second-hand furniture that is moved around.

By following these tips you may be able to prevent an infestation:

  • Store any suitcases and bags off the ground and away from your bed when staying in any multi-occupied establishments abroad or in the UK
  • If you have travelled and stayed in public accommodation then inspect your luggage carefully
  • Wash clothing at a high temperature (60ᵒ) on returning from trips away, which will kill off any bed bugs or eggs

WHAT TREATMENTS ARE AVAILABLE TO TREAT BED BUGS?

Terminix is one of the few companies that can deploy their own “Canine Detection Services” throughout the UK to identify whether bed bugs are present.

Once a problem is identified we offer a variety of treatments including our premium non-toxic option of heat treating a room, or our SID treatment, which is an integrated method of controlling bed bugs.

We provide our bed bug services to the hospitality industry, hospitals, student accommodation and residential homes.

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