How to Get Rid of Bed Bugs
As a pest control service provider in Birmingham, we see a lot of things that would make most people queasy.
What are Bed Bugs?
Bed bugs are one of nature’s most perfectly evolved human blood-sucking insects, and if a couple of these get into your home, you will soon realise.
Bed bugs are one of Britain’s most notorious pests and if they are not dealt with effectively, they can cause serious discomfort.
The Importance of Bed Bug Control
Over 95% of single-family homes are reported to have bed bugs inside. Whilst they are very common, they aren’t exactly life-threatening. All you may receive from a bed bug is small red bump from a bite. Despite this not being a massive inconvenience, they are still an annoyance.
AMES have taken the time to identify what makes a bed bug a bed bug, what they are capable of and finally, how to get rid of them.
Getting Rid of Bed Bugs – Advice from Dr James Logan
Dr James Logan is continuously trying to work out how to combat the growing bed bug problem. His lab plays host to thousands of bed bugs, and James knows all too well when the bed bugs bite.
When asked “what does the bite feel like” James responded:
Bed bugs have piercing mouth-parts, almost like a needle. They inject that into your skin to find the blood capillary and then they start feeding from the blood. When you’ve got bed bugs, you know you’ve got them. Your arm will come up in a big red, itchy lump and what your immune system is doing is reacting to the chemicals that are injected into your body in their saliva and it contains a cocktail of chemicals that basically act as an anti-coagulant and also an anesthetic. So you can’t feel the bed bug feeding on you.
We thought these little vampires were taken care of after we bombed them with DDT in the 1950s. But they’re back! DDT was outlawed in 1972 so it’s not longer legal to use.
The official name for bed bugs is cimex lectularius and they’re parasites that feed off their sleeping host’s blood. The largest they get is only a quarter of an inch, and they’re flat so they’re easy to miss. They’re brownish and wingless with six shiny legs. They use their syringe-like mouth-beaks to pierce your skin and suck your blood.
Now unlike Dracula, bed bugs rarely wake their victims whilst feeding and can even take 3-10 minutes to gorge on your blood. While drinking, they release their own saliva into your broken skin, which can eventually cause an allergic reaction. Luckily they don’t spread disease, but the bites can swell and itch.
Still, they probably won’t drain you dry. It takes 100,000 bed bugs feeding on your at least once a week to make you anemic. Let’s also put one misconception to bed; bed bugs aren’t a sign of poor hygiene, even the most immaculate properties can be at risk. It only takes one to enter the property and infect your whole home.
While they are renowned for hiding in beds (predominantly your mattress and box springs) as well as warm covered areas, they will also nest in any cracks and crevices within your property.
Here’s a short list of spots where they can conceal themselves:
- Bed frame cracks
- Light switches
- Wallpaper cracks
Basically, anywhere dark and protected is idea for bed bug infestation. One way to tell you’ve got them is from the coriander-like odour they release when they’re alarmed. The worst part is they can live up to a year without eating. So, even if you move into a vacant residence, they could still be there.
So, then how do we get rid of bed bugs? Like with any pest management task, you should hire a professional. To successfully eradicate bed bugs, sometimes takes up to four different treatments. Such as:
- Dry ice sprays
- High heat and hot water
Sustained exposure to temperatures of 130 degrees will also kill them. Which is why you’ll need to wash all your linens and blast them inside a hot dryer.
Bed Bug Infestations Can be Dealt With
AMES Group are Birmingham’s longest serving pest control companies and specialise in bed bug removal. If you are concerned about bed bug infestation, there’s no need to fret. Our specialist bed bug control team regularly deal with infestations and we’re able to visit your property within the same day of your call.
Using professional treatments is essential for complete bed bug removal and elimination. Prevention is better than a cure, so not only will we get rid of your bed bugs, we will do everything to ensure they do not return.
For more information on bed bugs and how we can help, please visit our bed bug page.