Bed bugs are an extremely common pest and cases are on the rise since foreign travel became so much cheaper. An infestation can leave you and your family feeling extremely vulnerable due to the invasive nature of their bites and the knowledge that your blood is a tasty meal for them.
There are numerous clues to help you determine whether you have a bed bug infestation, the main one being raised, red bites on exposed skin areas. You may also spot small blood splatters on your mattress as it is common to squash them in your sleep when you turn over.
Another common clue is the presence of small black spots on your mattress. These spots are basically 'bed bug poo' and can become quite noticeable over time. If you suspect that you have a bedbug infestation, you’re search for a solution is over! At Pestcure we offer reliable, professional and effective bed bug treatments at affordable prices.
Bed bugs spread quickly due to their ability to attach themselves on to unknowing hosts. They cling on to clothing, luggage and hide inside crevices on furniture. This results in the bugs being transported to wherever the host visits. With millions of shared accommodation properties throughout the world, they can easily hitch a ride and invade your home.
BED BUGS ARE A THREAT TO YOUR FAMILY, HOME AND BUSINESS AND PESTCURE LTD WILL NOT BE SATISFIED UNTIL EVERY SINGLE BEDBUG IS ELIMINATED FROM YOUR PREMISES.
STEP 1: Inspection & Planning
Our expert British Pest Control Association (BCPA) certified bed bug exterminator will survey your premises and confirm that your infestation is actually bed bugs. They will examine the extent of the infestation and then tailor the most cost-effective individual control and eradication plan which will be thoroughly explained to you including the use of chemicals and heat treatment.
STEP 2: First Chemical/Heat Treatment
All furniture and rooms throughout the house would be sprayed with professional strength insecticide. This will kill any bugs that come into contact with the spray but will not kill eggs as the insects inside are protected by their egg shell. Heat is a different chemical-free method; when the insects are heated up to around 45°C or more, their DNA starts to break down, effectively killing any bugs. This only needs 1 treatment unlike the chemical option which requires 3 treatments to break their cycle.
STEP 3: Second Chemical Treatment
Your technician would re-visit your property one week later and repeat the above process to ensure that any hatched bugs are exterminated. Due to the continuous laying of eggs, there will still be some eggs that haven't hatched and matured yet.
STEP 4: Third & Final Chemical Treatment
By the third visit, only young bugs that haven't sexually matured would be present and therefore would not have laid eggs. These young bugs would be eliminated by the third and final spray and your house would now be bedbug free!
Bed bugs are extremely tricky to get rid of but despite this, there are a number of steps you can take to prevent an infestation occurring.
If you live in shared accommodation, or simply have an individual bed beg problem, you should try to secure the rooms by Inspecting any crevices, cracks, and holes and fill them to avoid movement in the wall cavities as this is one of their main hiding places.
You could also install door sweeps to isolate your room and contain the infestation to prevent it spreading to other rooms in the house.
Bed bugs are found hiding in many places, some that you wouldn’t even think of! By reducing the amount of clutter you have present in your home, you will greatly improve your chances of prevention. The bugs will have less hiding places to conceal in and this would make treating them more straight forward if necessary.
If you suspect an early infestation, vacuuming regularly can remove any unwanted hitchhikers. Although vacuuming alone wont solve a bed bug infestation, it will certainly help keep them under control to some degree.
Make sure you dispose of your hoover bag correctly and if your hoover doesn’t contain a bag, you should empty the contents into a plastic bag, tape it shut and dispose of it immediately. Make sure that your vacuum is cleaned after to ensure that no bed bugs remain.
Clothing is a major part of preventing the spread of bedbugs. If you suspect an infestation, you should wash and dry clothing items on the highest possible temperatures but be careful not to damage any items and always read labels carefully.
If you cannot wash them, then a deep freeze for 92 hours will ensure the bugs will not survive. A temperature of -16c is recommended.
You should aim to keep your bedrooms clean and tidy, paying great attention to underneath the bed and in and around that area.
Furthermore, you should also ensure that your pets/pet bedding is clean as bed bugs also feed on pets, rodents and birds.
If you travel frequently, then you need to be extra careful.
Hotels and hostels are prone to bed bugs due to the amount of different people who occupy the rooms. Storing your luggage bag in the garage between trips is highly recommended.
When you arrive at your accommodation, check mattress seams and bed linen for any sightings or signs of bed bugs, if there’s an infestation, you may see tiny blood/black spots or smell a distinctive sweet but sickly smell. Use a torch or flashlight from your phone to help you to do this.
Try to avoid buying or accepting second hand items such as: clothes, house furniture, bags, suitcases, books, clocks, pictures, mattresses and bed frames. If this cannot be avoided, ensure the items aren’t infested! For your safety you should be very vigilant and inspect everything thoroughly.
A bedbug infestation can get out of control very quickly; they can even spread from one house to another, exploiting the walls and floor cavities.
We recommend getting a professional bed bug exterminator to tackle the task as they have expertise and knowledge which highly increases the chances of success.
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Many people are confused about what a bed bug actually is! They are very different from harmless bugs that you might encounter on a daily basis, the main difference being that they are parasitic creatures that feed on human and animal blood.
They are approximately 7mm in length, are quite flat, and are usually a brown/red shade. After feeding, their size can increase by up to 200%
An average female lays up to 200 eggs throughout her life span and each baby bug goes through 5 stages before they reach maturity. This is why bed bugs cannot simply be eradicated in 1 or 2 visits as the infestation would more than likely contain bugs at each of the 5 stages.
Furthermore, they can live for months on end without feeding and are extremely resilient creatures.
Bed bugs (Cimex lectularius) were discovered around 3,500 years ago and fossilized bugs were found in the Egyptian times. They are believed to have arrived in England around 1583, although they stayed rare until 1670. In modern times, reports of infestations are rising due to bed bugs being associated with human habitation.
Hotels and hostels are ideal breeding grounds for bed bugs as they can easily latch on to a host and be transported back to the host’s home. Furthermore, they are a nocturnal parasite and tend to hide in the day time and appear at night to feed, making a hotel a perfect spot to ensure their survival as well as reproduce.
Contrary to popular belief, bed bugs also feed on other mammals such as rodents, cats, and dogs and emerge every few days to feed. When they are not feeding, the females are busy laying 4 to 5 eggs per day and glue them in small crevices where they leave them to hatch.
The eggs will only hatch if the conditions are favorable (above 13c) and can take anywhere from a couple of weeks to several months depending on their environment. If conditions are ideal, a bed bug lives for approximately 1 year.
London is one of the fastest growing cities in the world. It has expanded its population significantly year on year since 1988 and has led sociologists to estimate growth trends. According to population scientists, london is predicted to grow at the following rates:
• 9.20 million in 2021
• 9.54 million in 2026
• 9.84 million in 2031
• 10.11 million in 2036
This may be good news in terms of our economy, but these figures are alarming when it comes to controlling the spread of bed bugs. Just like foxes are problematic in urban areas, bed bugs are a huge problem in densely populated London.
Incidents of bed bug infestations have grown dramatically since the late 1990s and the spread of these parasites is partly due to a range of human behaviours that are uniquely linked to London.
Business owners travel to London from the four corners of the globe. Over 80 million passengers a year pass through Heathrow Airport alone and a large percentage of these travellers will stay in accommodation such as hotels.
Hotels are one of the primary modes of transporting bed bugs as they latch onto the occupiers luggage/bags, hitching a ride back to their unsuspecting host's home. Once inside, the female will lay eggs and over a peiod of 2 weeks the infestation will continually multiply. But what if you do not stay in hotels? Does this mean you are unlikely to get an infestation? Unfortunately not.
Public transport also plays a huge role due to the close and constant proximity of people, as well as the numerous nooks and crannies on trains and buses. You could be sitting on a train, reading a book and a bed bug from the lady's bag next to you could latch onto your coat. You then go home and hang your coat in your wardrobe and bingo, you now have the start of an infestation!
One of the main problems of preventing an infestation is lack of awareness. Due to the social stigma that surrounds bed bugs, people are embarrassed or reluctant to tackle the problem and hope that it will resolve itself.
Due to our busy schedules, less and less people are following basic hygiene steps such as airing bedding and vaccuming behind beds. All of these factors have led to the easy transmission of bed bugs, especially in London, but there are steps you can take to minimise your chances of bringing home an unwanted guest.
Pestcure Ltd will assist in bed bug removal and extermination is guaranteed.
A bite from a bed bug can cause allergic reactions, discomfort, itching and affect mental wellbeing.
Bed bug infestations are often, but not always associated with poorer housing where the bugs could be transported on used bedding and furniture. Rental properties, hotels and hostels are more vulnerable due to the volume of people they host.
Bed bugs produce a unique smell from their faeces and scent glands. It's possible they can ingest up to 7 times their body weight in one feed. They can also live up to one year without a blood meal or host in sight.
Thoroughness is needed and it's very important to find and treat their harbourage. Excrement may be seen close to their hiding spots and you may also see spots or smears. This is because the fully fed bugs will remove excess water before returning to their hiding spots which tend to be tight crevices. You may also see egg cases or eggs.
Bed bugs hide in bed frames, mattresses, skirting boards, wallpaper, wall switches, piping seams, furniture, clothing, window and door moldings, cracks and crevices, electrical appliances.
We offer a 3 month guarantee to all of our clients, providing that your 3 part treatment plan is carried out according to the technician's recommendations.
Although very unlikely, if you find signs of a re-infestation within those 3 months, we will return and eradicate the problem at no extra cost.
Signs of a bed bug infestation isn’t always obvious at a first glance, although the first sign tends to be waking up with bites in the morning. The bites often appear as “raised wheels” and you will not feel them biting as they will inject an anesthetic and anticoagulant cocktail ensuring you don’t feel the bite.
This sophisticated liquid also stops the host’s blood from clotting, ensuring that they can feed fully. A bite from a bed bug can cause severe allergic reactions but luckily they are not known to be a disease carrier. Other classic signs of bed bugs are:
Bed bugs omit a very distinct smell called pheromones that has been likened to a musty, damp towel that has been left. It may be mild at first, but during the later stages of an infestation the smell can become quite noticeable
Spots of blood on your sheets/mattress can suggest bed bugs as when they bite, they often leave blood spots behind. The bugs can also get squashed as you move in your sleep hence the reason you might see lots of blood speckles.
Black marks/spots are simply bed bug’s excrement. As they feed, they defecate at the same time and eventually the marks build up and become very obvious. Marks tend to be on mattress seams, the head board, bed frames or wherever you suspect a heavy infestation.
Our local British Pest Control Association (BPCA) certified bed bug exterminators near you have great knowledge and expertise in the eradication of bed bugs.
We have various treatment methods available such as chemicals, heat, and even steam.
Bed bug extermination can be a tricky task and needs to be carried out correctly or chances of success are somewhat slim.
We provide professional bed bug services throughout London and surrounding areas
We deal with both residential bed bug control as well as commercial business premises such as hotels, hostels, offices, cinemas, and vehicles such as coaches and minibuses.
We have the strongest chemicals on the market, not available to general public.
Freeze treatment is also another service we provide, we can put troublesome furniture into our big freezer effectively killing any pests with a 100% success rate.
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