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Think you’ve got bed bugs?

This week we’ve interviewed pest controller, Phil Martin, from PGM & SON Pest Control Hereford about the issue of bed bugs. To find out more, read on……


Morning Phil, thank you for taking time to answer some of our questions about bed bugs today.

Hello, that’s no problem I’m happy to help.

Are bed bugs a common problem?

Surprisingly, yes. People don’t realise that you can pick up bed bugs from all sorts of every-day places such as trains, planes, coaches, buses and most public places where there is a high footfall.

We handle bed bug problems frequently and we’ve seen a rise in cases over time.

Why do you think there has been a rise in bed bug cases?

The mass migration of people, people are travelling more and the onset of globalisation.

People often report picking up bed bugs in hotels – does this mean the hotels aren’t keeping their rooms clean?

No, it doesn’t mean that at all. A hotel may just be unlucky. However, it is important that the hotel acts on any report of potential bed bugs. When first reported, the hotel should act immediately to ensure they treat any problem and to carry out routine monitoring to ensure they remain bed bug free.

Hotels should train their staff to know what to look out for and to isolate and contain any problems as soon as they are spotted.

How can people be certain they have a bed bug problem?

Indicators of a problem include bites, laundry and bedding having an unpleasant smell, dark spots on bed frames and mattresses that look like ink spots, blood smears on bedding and headboards and you may also see bed bugs on your bedding or furniture if you have an active infestation.

What should people do if they think they do have a bed bug problem?

The best thing to do is to seek professional advice. A pest controller will inspect the property, may put down monitoring devices and once a problem is identified they will advise on the best course of action.

DIY treatments for bed bugs are rarely successful. Pest controllers have access to treatments that aren’t available to the general public. Also, it’s really tricky to treat bed bugs because all crevices and cracks including plug sockets and skirting boards need to be treated so it’s best to engage the services of a fully qualified pest controller.

What’s your top tip for avoiding a bed bug problem in future?

There isn’t a great deal you can do due to the presence of bed bugs in public places. Unfortunately, it’s often just down to bad luck.

You can be vigilant and carry out visual checks of temporary accommodation you are staying in or the new property you’re moving into. You should also check for signs of pests when buying second hand-furniture.

If you do find that you’ve staying somewhere which has a confirmed bed bug problem then you should take precautionary measures before returning home such as washing clothing, bedding and luggage on a 60 degree cycle, tumble drying on a hot setting for at least half an hour or you can freeze everything in the deep freeze for at least 3 days.

Ultimately, if you find you have a problem don’t panic it’s a common issue and there’s usually no health risk.

How can Hereford residents and businesses contact PGM & SON Pest Control if they think they may have a bed bug problem?

Well they can call us on 01981 241 334 or 07964 370480. Or, they can visit our website at where they can book a call back. Or they can email us at and, if they prefer, they can use the live chat facility on our website.

That’s great Phil, thank you for your time today.

No problem!


PGM & SON Pest Control Hereford can help with all your pest control needs.

We’re a local, family owned and run, award-winning pest control business.

So, give PGM & SON Pest Control Hereford a call today to book your appointment.

Call us on 01981 241334 or 07964 370480.



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