Bed Bug Treatment and Pest Control Service
Bed bugs have to be treated differently from other bugs, such as cockroaches. For example, sticky traps won’t work to prevent them. There could be thousands of bed bugs in one room without any being caught on a sticky trap.
Bed bugs make blood feeds but do so in a way that means you do not feel the bite. This means that they can be difficult to detect, until bite marks become visible on a person. Adult bed bugs may deposit eggs on a mattress but then move off, making them harder to control as well. They have no wings so they are dependent on people to carry them from one place to another, often on things that get moved around. For example, suitcases can take them from one hotel room to another, and they can even be found in and carried on antique furniture.
Furniture stores and mattress companies will often offer to take away an old mattress when they deliver your new one. Unfortunately, this sometimes means placing old mattresses containing bed bugs in the truck alongside the new ones to be delivered, thereby spreading the problem further. They can also be transported to and from schools in and on bags without anybody noticing.
How to Kill Bed Bugs
It is extremely difficult for someone without training to find and then successfully treat infestations of bed bugs, as they are small and their bodies are flat, which makes them easy to overlook. They can also fit into small spaces around rooms, meaning they can hide even if you are trying to treat the problem.
At AMES, we have many years of experience in bed bug pest control and we can offer you the best course of action for bed bug treatment, if we find them on your property.
Our Bed Bug Exterminators Will:
- Look for signs of any bed bugs activity currently at the premises
- Give advice on the best course of treatment
- Provide recommendations to help you maintain a bed bug-free environment
- Point out risk factors contributing to a bed bug problem
- Give a no-obligation quotation for the removal of the bed bugs infestation
- For contracts with commercial clients our technician will be able to advise you of the most appropriate integrated pest management program for your organisation, along with the number of scheduled visits appropriate to create and maintain a pest-free environment.
If you believe that you have bed bugs, please get in contact with us for fast, reliable bug removal at prices that will always remain competitive. We are experts who know how to eliminate bed bugs and we will do everything we can to make sure our treatment lasts.
Bed bugs can live in many places, but prefer environments where they can easily hide. These are usually soft things with plush material, for example in a child’s slipper or soft toys, carpets or rugs, or even in shoes or trainers kept under a bed.
Spare sheets, bedding or table cloths kept under a bed can harbour bed bugs. Literally thousands of bed bugs can be contained within a coat hanger just by itself. Electrical sockets and the space within them can also be a hiding place for the insects. These need opening and cleaning with a specialist dust product, to prevent further outbreaks.
Often carpet that has been glued in place and is loose will need to be pulled back and the area treated. Similarly gripping nails which hold carpets in place can need treating, especially if there is loose carpet along the bar. Cracks and crevices where wallpaper is loose, and cracks running along the ceiling of a room may also need treating, as bed bugs can fit themselves into these gaps.
The best way to get rid of bed bugs is to use a heat treatment. This consists of exposing them to a very high temperature, which will kill the bug at all stages of its life, from egg to adult. Using the correct temperature kills bed bugs instantly, making it a more reliable method of removal than insecticides, bed bug fumigation or other, home-style treatments. The latter treatments can take up to four sessions to completely remove the problem.
As qualified professionals, we aim to dispose of infestations in the most efficient way possible. Get in touch with us for professional service and advice. This also covers advice about treatments you can do yourself, after one of our qualified exterminators has identified the main issue and taken care of it using our own methods. This treatment will cover the two most common areas bed bugs could still be hiding in your home, these being your bedding and your mattress.
All bedding in the infested area will need to be stripped off, bagged and put through a hot water wash and a hot dry cycle. This will kill any bugs that could be living there unnoticed. Headboards from the beds will also need to be removed, as this can often reveal cracks in either the wood or the wall behind it, which bed bugs might hide in.
Hotel beds can often have carvings within the design of the bed, as well as wooden or metal grooves which hold parts of the headboard or bed in place. All of these areas can and most likely will also require treatment, once a professional exterminator has found the problem and applied treatments to other areas on the property.
Vacuum cleaners with special filters can be used to trap the bed bugs and skins thoroughly, preventing them escaping to cause allergic reactions. If mattresses have buttons, then vacuuming must be done around every button as well, in case they are hiding beneath them. Anti-allergy mattress covers can then be used to seal the mattress entirely.
Box springs will need opening and vacuuming, with every crack and piece of wood vacuumed thoroughly. All parts of the bed will also have to be taken apart, inspected, cleaned and treated. Luggage racks in hotels or households need meticulous treatment, including unscrewing every piece of equipment and removing all bugs found. Cracks around air vents should also be treated, as should cupboards and wardrobes, tvs and tv cabinets, ironing boards, sofas and smoke detectors, as they can all harbour bed bugs. Bathrooms in houses and hotels can also have bed bugs, even contained in toilet roll holders.
A further visit from our technicians is often required, perhaps two or three weeks after the original treatment has been carried out. Spot checks and second rounds of treatments can be performed in areas where the bed bugs were originally found, once any eggs have had a chance to emerge.
Once all the bedding has been washed and dried extensively, an anti-bed bug mattress cover can then be used to prevent any more from hiding inside. AllerZip Mattress covers seal a mattress completely, creating a layer that is impermeable to bed bugs. You can read more about these anti-bed bug covers and anti-allergy covers on our mattress covers page in the products section of this website.
For more information on the most effective treatment of bed bugs and their eggs, or to book an exterminator to come to your property, get in touch with us. We are professionals with many years of experience at bed bug removal, and we do everything we can to prevent bed bugs from hiding in or on your property in the future.
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