Bedbug Pest Control & Advice
Predator Pest Solutions are specialists in bedbug pest control. If you would like a free no obligation quote, please call us on 0800 112 3480 or fill in the form on the right.
Information on Bedbugs
Bedbug infestations are on the increase and can be difficult to treat. It is therefore important that you seek professional advice and treatment as soon as you become aware of an infestation. Any property, however clean, can become infested by bedbugs, as they are attracted by exhaled carbon dioxide and body heat, rather than dirt. Bedrooms are the most likely location for a domestic infestation, but cinemas, hotels, hostels and any other office or rest room environment can also become infested.
Adult bedbugs are reddish-brown in colour, but this transforms to purple after they have finished feeding. Their body is a flattened, almond shape and approximately 4 to 6mm long, with a head which has well developed antennae and claws for their feet.
Bedbugs generally live in groups and lay their eggs, often in large numbers, on the surfaces where they live. They cannot fly, so they must either crawl or be carried in clothing, luggage or second hand furniture. Although they will try to feed regularly, they can also remain dormant for up to 1 year, which significantly increases their chances of survival.
Unhatched eggs are an opaque, pearly white colour, which becomes translucent when hatched. The nymphs that emerge are very similar to their parents but smaller. There are five nymphal stages until they reach adult form, with each stage needing a blood meal before the nymphs moult and progress to the next stage.
Bedbug Infestations & Risks
If you suspect that your property has a bedbug infestation, check your beds, headboards, mattresses, chair frames, carpets and behind loose skirting boards, pictures and wallpaper. The presence of their eggs, egg-cases and the blackish spots of their droppings are also a tell tale sign of an infestation. You may also experience a distinctive and unpleasant almond-like smell which is generated by their stink glands.
Although unpleasant, bedbugs are not known to carry diseases. However their bite can result in a hard white swelling which leaves a dark red spot surrounded by a reddened area which can cause severe irritation and an allergic reaction.
Bedbug Pest Control
Treatment is normally by the use of a HSE approved insecticide spray and/or lure traps, which should be applied around the affected and adjoining areas, driving the bedbugs from their hiding places and killing off the infestation. All our bedbug treatments are HSE approved and it is safe to return to and use the rooms that have been treated after a few hours. If you have pets, keep them out of the affected area for at least 24 hours.
In most situations it takes up to 60 minutes for our technician to complete their risk assessment, the required treatment and to brief the customer on the actions taken and next steps, but this can be extended if the infestation is in numerous areas or other hazardous conditions exist. The areas treated should not be cleaned or vacuumed for 14 days.
Once completed, the infestation should start to die off, but our technician can return after 14 days if the infestation requires a further visit to your property. Some bedbug infestations, especially those in commercial or multi-occupancy buildings may require additional visits to eradicate all activity.
If you have a bedbug infestation:
- If possible, throw away any second hand furniture recently purchased.
- Remove, hot wash or dry clean curtains, bedding and other loose coverings.
- Hot wash or dry clean any clothing that has come into contact with the infestation.
- Carefully check, clean and clear the rooms of any personal or valuable belongings, before storing them away (you should also place in a freezer for 24 hours if appropriate).
- Vacuum and clean all affected areas, then throw the waste away in an external bin.
- Ensure the edges of the rooms and any storage areas to be treated are accessible.
- Call Predator Pest Solutions on Freephone 0800 112 3480.
On arrival, our technician will:
- Establish the location and size of the bedbug infestation.
- Determine the most appropriate method to treat.
- Brief the customer on their findings and recommended next steps.
- Ensure the safety of others & protect any food preparation areas.
- Wear their protective equipment and commence with the treatment.
- Determine the correct and optimum locations for any monitor traps or surface insecticides and deploy these with minimum impact to the customer.
- If required, implement a regular monitoring regime and maintain a site plan of the locations treated.
- Ensure the area is left safe and provide a written report.