Bed Bugs Pest Control
Bed bugs are a common pest in the UK, especially in densely populated urban areas, such as London, where it’s easier for them to spread and find food. While there are many species of bed bugs in the world, bed bug infestations in the UK are caused mainly by the common bed bug (Cimex lectularius). Even though these insects are small, their presence can be very stressful and disruptive. Why? Bed bugs cannot fly, but they crawl quite quickly for their size, so they can spread throughout your property if left unchecked. They feed on human blood and animal blood, and their bites can, in some cases, lead to allergic reactions.
Bed bugs are mainly active at night and hide during the day, which makes them difficult to spot during the early stages of a bed bug infestation. Their favourite hiding places include bed frames, mattress seams, loose wallpapers, skirting boards and other tiny crevices and holes around your home, though they are more likely to choose places where they have quick access to their next blood meal.
Call Pest Control Professionals to Solve Your Bed Bug Problem!
Living with a bed bug infestation can be horrible and exhausting, but residential properties are not the only ones affected by unwanted visits from these nightmarish guests. Bed bugs can infest hotels, hostels, office buildings, movie theatres and any other places where there is a lot of human activity. It’s a serious issue that can damage your reputation if your customers or employees find bed bugs and share this information, e.g., by posting a review online.
Pests tend to be associated with unsanitary and unhygienic conditions. This often makes people too embarrassed to ask for help and hire a professional bed bug pest control company. As experts in the field, we find it important to clear up this misconception because, in reality, there’s no direct correlation between bed bugs and the cleanliness of your home or business premises. These insects can be brought inside on clothes, luggage or used furniture and make themselves feel at home without your knowledge.
However, we also understand that due to the stigma surrounding bed bug infestations, discretion is crucial. That’s why we use discreet and unmarked vans to make sure that working with us will be a stress-free and comfortable experience for each of our customers. If you’re dealing with a pest problem in London, don’t hesitate to call us!
Effective Bed Bug Control Services in London
If you’re looking for an experienced pest control company in London, look no further! At Merida Pest Control, we can provide effective bed bug treatments, including heat treatment and chemical treatments, to free your property from these insects and restore your peace of mind. You can count on our professionalism at every stage. Each member of our team has the experience and qualifications to provide the best pest control services.
We’ll start by inspecting your property to identify the source of the problem and areas that require our attention and offer advice on the best course of action to get rid of bed bugs. After treatment, you will need to leave the house for at least 3 hours. We will provide all the necessary information in advance.
Our bed bug control service always includes two treatments within two weeks. More treatments may be required in case of heavy infestations. The price of each bed bug treatment starts from £80. Call us today if you need reliable residential or commercial bed bug control services in London!
What to Do Before Bed Bug Treatment
Bed bugs are notoriously difficult to get rid of. It’s important to prepare the property properly for the treatment to be effective.
- Thoroughly clean and vacuum all areas where the treatment will take place.
- Empty all wardrobes and drawers. Pack clothes and bedding into bags and remove them from the room.
- Wash your clothes and bedding in hot water with detergent or tumble dry.
- Move furniture away from the walls to provide access to all skirting boards.
- Do not move any items into other rooms to stop the bed bug infestation from spreading.
- Make sure your pets cannot access the treated area.
- Vacate the area during chemical/heat treatment.
Only approved by HSE insecticides to be used to infested and surrounding areas. Our treatments confirm the regulations of COSHH (Control of Substance Hazardous to Health). The areas where the bed bugs will be expected to crawl as well as their harbourages will have to be treated. You will need to leave the property for at least 3 hours after the treatment is completed.
What to Do After Bed Bug Treatment
- Do not wash or vacuum the treated areas, including carpets, bed frames, and walls, for at least two weeks. The chemical treatment kills adult bed bugs but doesn’t affect the eggs. It will, however, kill the nymphs once they hatch. This will not happen if you remove the insecticide by cleaning.
- Ventilate the entire house.
- If there were any clothes or bedclothes in the treated room, they must be washed. You can also bring back clothes removed from wardrobes before treatment.
- Thoroughly clean and vacuum the area before the second treatment.
Signs of a Bed Bug Infestation
- Bed bugs: Adult bed bugs have reddish-brown, flat and oval bodies around 4-5 mm in length, with well-developed antennae on their heads. They are wingless and covered with microscopic hairs. Newly hatched insects are translucent and pale. Their eggs are tiny, elongated and white.
- Strange odour: Bed bugs emit an unpleasant, musty, or sweet smell. If you notice it around your mattress or furniture, a closer inspection may be a good idea.
- Small spots or stains: Bed bug droppings, crushed bed bugs or leftover blood after bed bugs’ blood meals can leave dark spots on your sheets or mattress.
- Bed bug bites: They typically appear as raised, itchy bumps (red on white skin, purple on brown or black skin) that resemble mosquito bites.
Bed bugs do not like heat. That’s why, unlike lice or thicks, they tend to travel on backpacks, luggage, shoes or other items that are further away from our body heat than clothes.
Bed bugs don’t bite only at night. Although bed bugs are generally nocturnal, they’re like humans—if they’re hungry, they’ll get up and get something to eat. If you go away to visit a friend for a week, come back and sit down on the couch, even though it’s daytime, bed bugs will come looking for you. Keeping a light on, unfortunately, does not keep these tiny vampires away.
Their name can be misleading because bed bugs don’t live exclusively in mattresses and beds. They could also be called pet bugs, suitcase bugs or train bugs. Bed bugs spread from beds into living areas and can be seen on any surface, including chairs, furniture, railings, and ceilings.
Bed bugs live from five months to one year. An adult bed bug can survive up to 10 months without feeding. A single bed bug can lay as many as 500 eggs.
Bed Bugs Pest Control – FAQ
What are bed bugs, and why are they a problem?
Bed bugs are small, blood-feeding insects that can infest your home or business. They are a problem because their bites can cause itching and discomfort, and infestations can quickly spread if not addressed.
How can I identify a bed bug infestation?
Look for signs like small, reddish-brown bugs, tiny white eggs, or dark fecal spots on bedding and furniture. If you suspect an infestation, it’s essential to seek professional pest control assistance.
What should I do if I find bed bugs in my home or business?
Contact a professional bed bug pest control service immediately. Attempting to eliminate bed bugs on your own can worsen the problem. Professionals have the expertise and tools to effectively eradicate them.
What methods do bed bug pest control experts use for treatment?
Bed bug pest control experts use a combination of methods, including chemical treatments, heat treatments, and vacuuming. The approach may vary depending on the severity of the infestation and the specific needs of the property.
Is bed bug pest control safe for my family and pets?
Yes, professional bed bug pest control is safe when conducted by trained professionals. They use safe and approved methods and products. However, it’s important to follow any post-treatment instructions provided for the safety of your family and pets.