Need Bed Bug Control in Hereford?

Got Bed Bugs? We’ve Got It Covered!

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The history of bed bugs dates back thousands of years! The Cimex lectularius is the most common type of bed bug found in the UK.


After WWII, there was a reported increase in bed bugs. The increase in their population was attributed to the heating systems used in homes which created warm living conditions for them to thrive in.


Bed Bugs are small, oval, brownish insects that feed on the blood of human hosts. Adult bed bugs have flat bodies about the size of an apple seed. After feeding, however, their bodies swell and are a reddish colour. Bed bugs do not fly, but they can move quickly over floors, walls, and ceilings.


Bed Bugs | National Geographic Video



‘’Smelling a musty odour in your bedroom could mean you have a bed bug infestation’’





Signs that you may have bed bugs include:

  • Blood stains on your sheets or pillowcases.

  • Dark or rusty spots of bed bug excrement on sheets and mattresses, bed clothes, and walls.

  • Bed bug faecal spots, egg shells, or shed skins in areas where bedbugs hide.

  • An offensive, musty odour from the bugs' scent glands.

  • Bites on your body - When bed bugs bite, you often see clusters of bites. Each cluster usually contains 3 to 5 bites that appear in a zigzag pattern.


Places in your home where bed bugs live are:

  • Your mattress

  • The box spring of your bed

  • Walls near your bed or other furniture

  • Bedside tables

  • Headboards and bed frames

  • Wardrobes

  • Sheets

  • Curtains and carpets

  • Luggage and clothing

  • Sofas, armchairs or other furniture where you spend time


How did I get bed bugs in the first place?

Bed bugs come in as stowaways in luggage, furniture, clothing, pillows, boxes, and more when these are moved between properties. Moving won’t solve the problem, since bed bugs can travel and they lie dormant in properties to wait for a human host.


So, although it sounds strange, when treating bed bugs, it’s best not to sleep away from home. Used furniture, particularly bed frames and mattresses, are prone to harbour bed bugs. Watch out for items sold on second-hand sites or at car boot sales! Because they survive for many months without food, bed bugs could already be present in clean, vacated properties meaning that there could be a problem when you move into a new home.



What should everyone know about bed bugs?


YOU CAN STOP THEIR SPREAD

  • Adults are ¼”, reddish-brown and flat. You can see them without magnification but early stages of bed bugs (nymphs) are tiny and very hard to detect with the human eye.

  • They like to hide in cracks and crevices.

  • Inspect sleeping areas—if you find a bed bug, STOP looking and contact a professional.

  • Do-it-yourself pest control is often not successful. However, you can take steps to minimize your risk of having bed bugs such as washing and tumble-drying items on a hot setting, dry cleaning and deep freezing items.

  • Live bugs or eggs may drop off while moving things from one place to another—items with bed bugs should be sealed in a bag before moving them.

  • Check second-hand purchases carefully for bed bugs.