We are able to provide a pest control service to remove any infestation.
Pest Exterminator Essex takes steps to try and prevent another infestation occurring whether it is through one-off treatments or continued maintenance.
Bed bugs are small oval-shaped insects which can cause irritation, both literally and figuratively.
They are unusual in that they are not insects with a natural environment in the UK like other pests such as moths, flies and ants and they are also one of the only pests that aren’t attracted to food.
Despite the name, bed bugs aren’t a problem exclusive to beds as they can also be found on furniture as well which makes them a problem for both residential and commercial properties.
It is likely that there are one of two types of bed bugs that could be in your bedding or furniture but both will cause the same problems and will need to be treated in the same ways.
Why do I have a bed bug infestation?
Bed bugs are not commonly found in the UK so where they come from isn’t always clear.
Ultimately, bed bugs are attracted to humans so they like to attach themselves to something which allows them to get into a house and live in bedding or furniture.
Bed bugs live in tropical countries but make their way to the UK by hitching a ride back through luggage and clothing.
They may also sneak their way into second-hand furniture to find another way into your home.
There is no clear thing you can do to make sure bed bugs aren’t attracted to your luggage but being extra-vigilant when you pack can help although they are very hard to spot.
Signs and consequences of a bed bug infestation
The most obvious sign of bed bugs are bites on your skin which are painless and will not cause any health problems but it may make your skin around the bite marks very itchy.
As mentioned above, bed bugs are minuscule but it is possible to spot them although it is unlikely that you will spot them if you aren’t looking for them.
Bed bugs are unlikely to show themselves but if you know where they are or where they are coming from, you may be able to see them if you investigate the infested area.
The good news is that bed bugs do not reproduce quickly in comparison to other insects with an adult female producing one egg a day which hatches after ten days.
Other signs include:
- Dark stains on your mattress and bed frame
- Small dark blood spots on the bed from your body squishing them in the night
- An unpleasant smell.
Bed bug eggs can be spotted as well; they are small and white coloured and can be vacuumed up and disposed of.
How to cope and deal with a bed bug infestation
It is difficult to remove a bed bug infestation yourself but there are steps you can take to limit their damage until a professional provides pest control treatment.
If there are bed bugs in your bedding, you should wash all your bedding at a high temperature to kill some of the bugs living there.
- Once your bed is bare, you should check the mattress and the frame for bed bugs which can be vacuumed up to eliminate them.
- After this, you can place plastic covers over the mattress to try and prevent any bed bugs from getting in or out.
This is a good idea to reduce the number of bed bugs in the property but to be sure they are all eliminated, it is best to call pest control to ensure the problem is solved.