In 2010, a survey of 1,000 bed bug control firms revealed that bed bugs are a serious problem in the UK. Rates of reported bed bug infestations are at their highest since the 1930s, with some reports suggesting that the UK is on the verge of a bed bug pandemic.
Getting rid of bed bugs is notoriously difficult. Increased resistance to insecticides means that professional bed bug control is the only solution to rid your furniture of these biting bugs.
And they do bite! Generally, bed bugs live in bed mattresses and other soft furnishings. They feed on blood, and only tend to feed at night as that is when we sleep. Bed bug symptoms are easy to spot. If you have bed bugs you may find small red marks on your skin close together, or in a line, where they have fed from you. It is thought that the bite marks are clustered together because the bed bugs are disturbed when they feed, perhaps by a sleepy hand occasionally scratching at the irritated skin.
Getting rid of bed bugs from your home is something we, at Positive Environmental, do very well. We guarantee to rid you of your bed bug problem quickly, discreetly, and with the minimum of disruption using professional bed bug treatments.
There are 7 steps to our professional bed bug treatment service:
- We will send you a guidance note on bed bugs and the treatment we will be carrying out in advance of our arrival
- A thorough inspection to identifying all bed bug harbourages (hiding places)
- Determine the level and extent of your bed bug infestation
- Apply the most appropriate bed bug treatment to achieve control and complete bed bug extermination
- Revisit your property to deliver additional bed bug treatments where necessary
- Provide you with advice on how to prevent further bed bug problems
- Issue a detailed treatment report
Our fully trained and equipped technicians follow the guidelines of the European Code of Practice for Bed Bug Management. Registered with the Bed Bug Foundation we are committed to adopting protocols that eradicate your bed bug problem.
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Facts on Bed Bugs
Why are they a problem?
Bed-bugs are not regarded as disease carriers, but their blood feeding can cause severe irritation in some people, resulting in loss of sleep, lack of energy and listlessness, particularly in children. The bite often gives rise to a hard, whitish swelling which distinguishes it from the flea bite which leaves a dark red spot surrounded by a reddened area. Different individuals react differently to bites, some gaining immunity. Probably more important, however, is the distaste with which these insects are regarded. Bed-bug excrement gives a characteristic speckled appearance to their harbourages, whilst their "stink glands” confer a distinctive and unpleasant almond-like smell on infested rooms. In addition, the very thought of being preyed upon by such creatures is quite sufficient to make most people take immediate action to control them.
As bed-bugs cannot fly, they must either crawl or be passively transported in clothing, or more probably in luggage, furniture, books and other objects used as harbourages. Their ability to withstand many months without feeding increases their chances of surviving such transportation and the insects’ very wide distribution throughout the world demonstrates their success. Any household can be invaded by bed-bugs, but it is likely that infestations will only become established in premises with low standards of hygiene. Bed-bugs are therefore generally associated with poor, crowded and unhygienic conditions. Most bed-bugs infestations are to be found in domestic premises, usually in the bedrooms. Both juveniles and adults live similar lives, hiding away in cracks and crevices for most of the time and coming out at night, usually just before dawn, to feed on the blood of their sleeping hosts. Their hiding-places will be close to where their hosts sleep: in the bed frame or the mattress; in furniture, behind the skirting, behind the wallpaper -anywhere that affords a dark harbourage during the daylight hours for these nocturnal creatures.
The female bed-bug lays pearly white eggs approximately 1mm long, which are ‘glued’ into cracks and crevices in bed frames, furniture, wallpaper, in fact anywhere that provides dark harbourage during daylight. They will lay about 150 eggs over their lifetime which will hatch in 10 to 20 days and will reach adulthood in approx. nine weeks under reasonable conditions, but will be considerably longer if the temperature is low. There are 5 nymph stages between egg and adulthood. The adults live for up to 18 months, usually feeding weekly, but can survive for over a year without blood in cool conditions (13°C).
Increase in Bed Bug Infestations
Bed bugs are on the increase.
There is apparently a worldwide explosion in bed bug numbers. Nobody wants
them and the thought is pretty abhorrent, however it is a consequence of our
increasing appetite for travel. Bed bugs are not a symptom of poor hygiene or social class and can occur in a wide range of situations.
We have definitely seen an increase in our region, a selection of bed bug
infestations we have recently treated includes:
- A smart hotel – obviously brought in by guests. Essential to eradicate
the infestation before the room is put back into service.
- New occupants of a rented flat – left by the previous tenants. The bugs
invaded their new bed.
- A private property occupied by a couple that had visited Pakistan a few
months previously – must have brought the bed bugs back with them. They didn’t
immediately attend to the problem so the infestation spread from the bedroom
to the living room.
- A smart 4 bedroom house whose son had recently travelled. They discarded
the bed immediately.
So what is the lesson? Be alert and a careful inspection. Keep an eye
open for blood spots on the sheets and regularly inspect your mattress and
headboard for spotting and live bed bugs.
If you have an infestation and need help, be careful who you call and
what you have done. There has been a surge in products and techniques for
It is not easy to eradicate a bed bug infestation and the key is
establishing the extent of the infestation. This means a careful survey
of all the likely harbourage places, so will include stripping beds,
dismantling beds, upending chest of drawers, removing electrical sockets, etc.
Too often the survey is inadequate, the harbourages places are not all found
and therefore the treatment is not applied in the correct places.
We always send a client guidance note in advance of any treatment.
Education of clients is essential as their role in controlling the infestation
is critical. Research and product development is ongoing, so we make a
point of keeping abreast of new techniques and improving our approach.
One recent piece of research was around clusters, showing the older the
infestation the greater the likelihood of ‘break-away’ clusters away from
the host, ie the spread of the infestation.
The Bed Bug Foundation is also doing a lot of work to improve bed bug treatments in the UK, through their Code of Practice and review of products.
So if you think you might have a problem or need advice please contact
Positive Environmental immediately.