Pest Control: Bed Bugs
Pest-Tech carry out bed bug removal in Maidstone and across Kent, we have a range of bed bug pest control treatments including a steam treatment used in conjunction with a spray treatment.
Bed bugs are aptly named, as they tend to live near their food source, i.e. your bed, where they can easily feed during your sleep. You can find bed bugs in carpet, mattresses, bed frames, headboards and any small crack or crevice including picture frames.
What You Need to Know About Bed Bugs
International Travelers. Bed bugs can be transferred from an activity as simple as going to the cinema or catching a bus, but the most common is hotels or buying second hand furniture.
Bed bugs are small blood sucking insects. They are often found living in the bedroom as they are attracted to the carbon dioxide we breath out and our body heat and stillness which is why we are a most attractive meal when we sleep.
Life Cycle of the Bed Bug
Bed bugs are found around the world, not only in the UK. A bed bug infestation is a frequent occurrence, but still very surprising to the individual who discovers they have them. They are associated with built up areas of the town or city and common in hotels and hostel accommodation. The life cycle of the bed bug is egg, nymph and adult. The female will lay 4 to 5 eggs a day. The eggs are white and laid in cracks and crevices. The young nymphs moult 5 times (grow out their skin). Depending on the availability of a food source, the moults can take a few weeks to several months. A fully grown adult is approximately 6mm in size so easy to identify.
Bed Bug Removal
A bed bug infestations can be a very stressful time. First you’re having to deal with the fact you have these invaders in your personal space. Then to make things worst there is a lot of preparation required prior to a treatment being carried out. At Pest-Tech Ltd, we try and take the stress out the situation. We give you all the information you need to help us to rid you of this pest problem. Pest-Tech carry out bed bug removal in Maidstone and across Kent to deal with these infestations.
Signs of Bed Bug Activity
Full grown adults can survive over a year without a food source. This makes bed bugs extremely difficult to eradicate over the long term with DIY products. Unlike the flea, bed bugs can be seen with the eye and grow as large as 5mm in length. Bed bugs crawl as they do not jump or fly. You can identify you have a bed bug infestation by inspecting for what we call black spotting. You may also find adult bed bugs and young bed bugs. Another sign is the molts of growing bedbugs (brown in colour) as they grow and shed their skins. You may also be getting bitten or seeing blood marks on your sheets and duvets from the bites.
How Bed Bug Spread
A full grown adult will feed every couple of days but can survive for long periods of time without feeding if there is no source. However they will travel if they pick up traces of Carbon Dioxide from else where. So be warned if you choose to change rooms or sleep on the sofa hoping that they will go away. They will come in search and that is how you spread them through your property. Females need to feed regularly to lay eggs. If they don’t then they cant lay eggs. Young bed bugs need to feed regularly in order to grow as the moulting process needs them to grow.
Bed Bug Harbourage
Bed bugs will crawl into the smallest and tightest areas to lay their eggs. Picture frames, ornaments, boxes, books and basically anything in and around your bed. the most common areas are the headboard, bed frame, mattress and bedside furniture. However if the situation is not treated it can get really bad and they will be everywhere in the property.
If you have a bedbug infestation then Pest-Tech Ltd have a range of treatments that can help with this pest problem. We carry out the regular chemical spray and ultra low volume fog treatments. These deliver a residual chemical that kills on application and for those tucked away in cracks and crevices. It will kill when they come into contact.
Heat Treatment for Bed Bugs
The bed bug steamer delivers an effective treatment because it gives instant knock down. The steam gets to all the nooks and crannies that the chemical can’t always penetrate. It works at a lot hotter temperature than a regular steamer which kills immediately on contact. We also follow up with a light residual spray. This is a much more effective treatment but more time consuming.
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