Why do we get bed bugs?
Don't let the bed bugs bite!.......As you would expect bed bugs are often found around beds and sleeping areas, but they are happy to live anywhere they can find the sustenance they need. They are attracted to and feed on warm-blooded animals to survive, this can be either humans or animals. Bed bugs are so called because, although they are not exclusively nocturnal, they are mainly active at night and while we sleep we provide a constant supply of blood for them. And, beds with their seams and crevices provide a perfect hiding place. However, it is possible to have bed bug problems outside of the bedroom. Any place that humans sit, rest or sleep can be a place of interest for bed bugs.
Bed bug fact file
Here are some useful bed bug facts to help you understand the pest better.
- Adults roughly 5mm long
- Reddish brown in colour, purple after feeding
- Well-developed antennae
- Six legs with clawed feet
- Simple eyes
How do bed bugs spread?
The spread of the bed bug is proving to be a very big problem. Knowing how they get around is key to avoiding a bed bug infestation in your home. They are primarily transported by humans, and in human belongings, like suitcases. Hotel chains are spending small fortunes dealing with bed bugs and with so many people coming and going, hotels are a classic place to pick them up. They are also easily transported in second hand furniture, so beware. Bed bugs tend to move to other areas once they are disturbed. When you first identify a bed bug issue make sure to apply the most effective product as mentioned at the bottom of this article. Effective bed bug control is essential to stop the spread of these bugs.
Do I have bed bugs?
Before attempting any kind of bed bug control we highly recommend you spend enough time to thoroughly inspect the premises to identify existing and potential bed bug hiding locations. The effectiveness of any control measures will be largely dependent on your initial inspection of the area. Most small or new bed bug infestations can be dealt with using our selection of products. We have provided you below with a handy checklist of common areas for bed bugs to hide. This will help with your inspection process.
Bed bug check list
Where to look
- Joints in the bed frame and areas where fabric has been attached to the bed frame
- The mattress, particularly seams, buttons and edge beading
- Gaps behind skirting boards or floor boards
- Gaps behind loose or torn wallpaper
- Gaps behind electrical fittings
- Bedroom furniture, including drawers, particularly the joins.
- Behind pictures on the walls.
What am I looking for?
- The bed bug itself
- Eggs or empty egg cases
- Blackish spots of bug excrements
- Blood smears
What do our experts say is the best way to control bed bugs?
Bed bugs are notoriously difficult to eliminate even for the seasoned professional, but with the right preparation and thoroughness we have everything you need to successfully remove your bed bug problem. The first step we would recommend you to take is:
- Methodically prepare the room by stripping the bed and bagging up the linen for laundering. Thoroughly vacuum the mattress, floor and any other soft furnishings.
- Dismantle the bed, bedside cabinet and any other items of furniture where bed bugs would be likely to be hiding.
- Once this is prepared use our range of bed bug products to treat the room. We recommend a combination of products. For example, use smoke bombs to kill any exposed bugs, insecticidal spray for the carpets, mattress and other soft furnishings and insecticidal powder for treating bedframes, wardrobes, skirtings etc.
Product 1: Bed Bug Control Kit 1 and 2
These bed bug control kits contain everything you need to treat a single room or double room. They are ideal for amateur use and contain full instructions. Control kit 1 is best for single rooms and control kit 2 for double rooms. Each kit contains a selection of highly effective products, handpicked by our experts to give you the best results.These bed bug control kits contain everything you need to treat a single room or double room. They are ideal for amateur use and contain full instructions. Control kit 1 is best for single rooms and control kit 2 for double rooms. Each kit contains a selection of highly effective products, handpicked by our experts to give you the best results.
Product 2: Insecto Smoke Bombs
This product comes ready to use and is highly effective in dealing with bed bug infestations, particularly for targeting the adult insect itself. These smoke bombs can be used in all areas and are highly effectiveat reaching inaccessible places. Our smoke bombs can be purchased in 3 different sizes, so you are sure to be able to find the one that is right for you
Product 3: Protector C Insecticidal Spray
This ready to use surface and space spray contains cypermethrin and is a residual insecticide that is very effective against bed bugs. It is one of the few insecticides that is licenced for use on bedding, mattresses and soft furnishings, so is a must have product in the war on bed bugs.
Product 4: Insectaclear Strong Insect Spray
This is another ready to use product that contains two active ingredients, cyphenothrin and imiprothrin, which is an insect growth regulator. This disrupts how the pests grow and reproduce, thereby interrupting the life cycle of the insect. It is also safe to use on mattresses and soft furnishings.
Product 5: Residex P Insect Dusting Powder
A powder is a vital tool in the war against the bed bug. Sometimes spraying is not desirable and if electrics are involved, powder is the only option. This is a residual product, meaning it remains effective for many weeks after application. This one contains permethrin, a well-trusted insecticide.
Product 6: Protector Natural Insecticidal Aerosol
This product is particularly effective on hard surfaces and soft furnishings, ideal for bed bug control. This rapid action spray uses 100% natural ingredients with no solvent smell. Protector Natural has a rapid knockdown activity against a wide range of pests especially bed bugs.
Product 7: Oa2ki Professional Insect Spray Concentrate
The Oa2ki Professional Insect Spray Concentrate is an organic insect control agent based entirely upon concentrated natural plant extracts of food grade quality. Oa2ki contains no toxic ingredients which could cause harm to humans or other mammals. Oa2ki is very effective on bed bugs due to its physical mode of action.