Do you have a bed bug problem?

Clients are often ashamed to admit that they are having a problem with bed bugs and unfortunately, bed bugs are becoming more of an issue in the UK. Since bed bugs live solely on blood, they are not a sign of dirtiness and even the cleanest of homes can have problems. Nowadays they can enter your house through a wide range of ways, such as on your luggage after a holiday, on your clothing or on recently purchased used furniture.

Bed bugs live in the cracks and crevices in and around your bed. This includes the bed frame and mattress, but they can also sometime be found a little further afield in plug sockets, behind paintings and headboards. Bed bugs will hide in these cracks and crevices and hide until they come out to feed.

There are several signs to look out for that might indicate that you have some bed bugs sharing your bed at night! These include:

  • Bed bugs are visible – Contrary to what most people believe, bed bugs are visible to the naked eye and are about the size of an apple pip. They have a small flat brownish body that becomes redder after feeding.
  • They can leave a nasty bite – Bed bugs feed on blood by biting exposed skin. People can have varying reactions to these bites and this can lead to a secondary infection.
  • Marks on the bedding – When the bed bugs are feeding, you may find small blood spots on your bed sheets along with small black marks on the mattress, bed frame or headboard. These black marks are the bed bug droppings.
  • A strange smell – Large bed bug infestation can produce a musty odour so if there’s an odd unexplained smell, it could be this.

How can I get rid of bed bugs?

Once a bed bug population is established, they can be quite tricky to completely eradicate by yourself. The best place to start is by having a thorough clean. Since they can hide in many cracks and crevices, it’s a good idea to clean bedding, linen, curtains, clothing and even stuffed toys! Vacuum the mattress, bed frame and the surrounding area and don’t forget to get rid of the contents of the vacuum cleaner straight away.

Professional treatment for large bed bug infestations usually involves multiple visits. For a thorough treatment, all furniture needs to be moved so all cracks and crevices can be treated. It may be that beds have to be turned upside down, wardrobes moved, and even adjoining rooms treated! Bed bugs can be known to go through cracks and infest neighbouring rooms, so it is always a good idea to inspect and if necessary, treat any neighbouring bedrooms. There are also a number of beg bug monitors on the market now which can be used to check if bed bugs are present.

An emerging market for bed bug treatment is using heat treatment, but this can be very costly. It involves sealing up the room and maintaining a high temperature (preferably over 60oC) for several hours!

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