Bedbugs are the loathsome blood sucking invaders of our homes. These troublesome intruders cause a great deal of distress and discomfort as they attack when we are at our most vulnerable, sleeping in our beds.
We offer a prompt, thorough and discreet eradication service for homeowners and businesses. We use the latest effective and humane procedures to make sure the pests are removed and we will offer advice on how to prevent their return.
How to identify a bed bug infestation
Bedbugs are small blood-sucking insects that live in cracks and crevices. They crawl out at night and bite humans in order to feed on blood. They are attracted to carbon dioxide and body heat and feed approximately once per week.
Adult bedbugs look similar to apple seeds with legs. They are oval-shaped, flat and up to 5mm long. Their colour varies between dark yellow, red or brown Hatchlings are around the size of a poppy seed.
When inspecting for bed bugs look for blood spots on your sheets, bites on your skin, tiny black spots on your mattress and around cracks and crevices.
How fast can a bed bug infestation grow?
Bed bugs lay one to seven eggs per day after blood feeding. Eggs take from six to fourteen days to hatch.
Nymph to sexually mature adult requires around five weeks.
This means by the end of one week, a single mated female can easily lay more than twenty eggs. Around six to seven weeks later, given a steady blood supply, these 20 bedbugs are adults. If half of them are females and each one lays twenty eggs in a week, a second generation of nymphs numbering approximately 200 are possible within approximately two months. All of which come from just one mated female bed bug
Bed bugs, eggs and mottled bedbug shells (bedbugs shed their outer layer as they grow)
Bed bugs can be seen with the naked eye. Use a bright torch and search for the insect itself, as well as, tiny white eggs, black spots and shed shells in the crevices and joints of your mattress, bed frame, furniture, behind wall hangings (pictures), under carpet edges, in curtains, cushions, sofas, around electrical sockets, fire alarms, skirting boards and any other small space which can offer harbourage. This process will require your bed and normally your bed side furniture to be dismantled.
How to get rid of bed bugs
Unfortunately there are no DIY solutions to a bed bug infestation. Bed Bugs are very robust creatures and will always require professional pest control which usually involves insecticide spray treatments, heat treatments, or a combination of both.
If you have any questions regarding bed bug identification and eradication please don’t hesitate to contact us