19 Feb Bed Bug Pest Control
Bed Bugs (CIMEX LECTULARIUS)
Bed Bugs are 4-5mm in length, wingless and reddish brown in colour. They are relatively flat enabling them to squeeze into small crack and holes. Bed bugs are active at night and towards dawn, when they emerge to feed, drawing blood from humans. Bites can be very irritable and cause prolonged itching.
How infestations occur
Bedbugs cannot fly and will crawl long distances to infest a new area. A recent survey has shown that reported bedbug infestations in London are rising at an alarming rate of 25% each year.
Bed Bug Pest Control Procedure
The treatment for bedbugs is particularly intensive. Our technician will need to inspect all parts of the premises for infestation, checking cracks and crevices. Bed bugs are notoriously difficult to eradicate, so pest control depends on treating all these areas. There is additional work that the homeowner will need to carry out both before and after our visits to make the treatment as successful as possible.
Before we commence treatment:
• All bedding, clothing, cushions, curtains and any other fabric items need to be washed at 90°C, and ideally tumble-dried at 45°C for at least 45 minutes. Placing smaller pieces at a low temperature (about -17°C) for at least 10 hours is also effective in killing bedbugs. All clean items must be kept in sealed containers or bags until treatment is complete to prevent re-infestation. The chemicals we use can stain delicate fabrics; keeping items sealed will protect them.
• Non-washable items that show signs of activity should be discarded.
• All carpeted areas should ideally be steam-cleaned and then vacuumed. Bed Bugs are likely to seek refuge in undisturbed areas, such as underneath furniture and along wall/floor junctions, they may also find shelter inside furniture. Wardrobes, drawers and cupboards should be emptied and vacuumed.
• All beds must be stripped entirely of soft furnishings. Our technician will need to inspect and treat all parts of the bed frame; any fabric on the base should be opened or removed. Treatment will involve moving and possibly turning over the bed and bedside furniture.
• All storage items, (e.g. under beds, washing baskets, etc.) need to be removed, and all rooms need to be thoroughly tidied.
• Any fragile or electrical items should be moved to a safe place. MICROBEE Ltd. cannot be held liable for replacing any items that are damaged during the treatment.
• Should you come across any bed bugs as you are preparing for our visit it should be fixed to a piece of paper with sticky tape or placed in a sealed jar for our technician to examine.
• Any fish tanks and pets must be removed from the room/property during treatment and not return for the two hours afterwards.
Bed Bug Pest Control Technician visit
Visits are booked 2-3 days in advance, to allow time for the advance preparations noted above. Each appointment can take up to half a day, depending on how many rooms are to be treated. Our technician will carry out a thorough inspection of your property to determine the extent of the infestation after which all occupants will need to leave the property. Treatment takes around 3-4 hours, and our technician will notify you when you can return to the property.
During the treatment, our technician will apply a chemical spray to the infested areas, according to the findings of the inspection. The chemical spray contains a fast-acting insecticide and a growth-regulating hormone to reduce the infestation and prevent the bed bugs from breeding. Where sprays cannot be used (e.g. around electrical devices), insecticide dust may be applied. The insecticides can remain active for up to two weeks
Our technician will then fog the property using an ultra-low-volume insecticide. This will circulate in the air and get behind large items which we cannot move, (such as wardrobes).
All floors should not be vacuumed or washed for 2 weeks after treatment as this will remove the insecticide from the surface.
For Bed Bug infestations we always recommend a total of 3 visits spaced 1 month apart.