bed bug

 

What do bed bugs look like?

Bed bugs are usually around 5 mm in size and are reddish-brown in colour with flat, oval bodies.

Are they only found in beds?

No. Although they are usually found on mattresses and within bed frames, they can also be found behind loose wall paper, headboards and within other furnishings such as bedside tables, wardrobes, picture frames and electrical sockets! They feed on our blood at night, attracted to the heat, vibration and carbon dioxide, that we breathe as we are asleep.

How did they get in my property?

Homes can become infested with bed bugs in a number of ways, but more often than not it is by luggage or clothing from recent travels. They can also be brought into a home through second hand furniture and in extreme infestation cases they can come from adjoining properties. When a tenant vacates or moves away from their infestation the next blood meal is only a 9" brick wall away !

Do they carry diseases?

Bed bugs themselves do not transfer diseases but they can cause a great deal of discomfort and bacterial irritations to the skin following a bite. However bed bugs have been shown more recently to harbour viruses (such as Hepatitis B) which can be transferred back to humans through faecal deposits potentially entering the bloodstream in the process of scratching.

Do bed bugs feed every night?

No.  Bed bugs typically feed every 5 to 10 days, spending up to ten minutes to take their blood meal. So if you are experiencing bites every night, there is a very good chance that you are living with quite a few of them! 

How quickly can an infestation develop if left untreated?

Very fast indeed!  If conditions are favorable (suitable hosts and warm ambient temperature 30 degrees ), females can lay up to 12 eggs a day and up to 500 in a lifetime, which can be up to 18 months.  Each egg will hatch within 8-11 days a minimum 4-5 days producing tiny bed bugs called nymphs.  These nymphs go through five molts phases over a 5-8 week period, rapidly increasing in size during each phase, to reach adult bed bugs.

How long can bed bugs go without food?

Adult bed bugs can go up to 6-8 months without feeding! 

No eggs will hatch if the temperature is above 37 degree or below 13 degree. Eggs that have not hatched within 3 months will die. 

What is my best way to get rid of these bugs? 

European code of practice recommend chemical insecticides they quote "non-chemical solutions are not currently capable of providing rapid, reliable control."

Will your treatment work and kill the bugs? 

The simple answer is yes, if you put insecticide that has been designed to kill insects in a property it will kill the bugs; it also follows that if advice from a trained technician is followed then the treatment will be successful. Bed bugs globally have been showing resistance to chemical treatments but by applying the latest chemical combinations and using the dust provided you will be successful.

Will a single treatment work? 

This is very dependent on the initial infestation encountered. If you have a lot of bugs and the infestation has been mismanaged then you may require further treatments. This is not to say the process is not working but a more integrated pest management system would have to be adopted.  

 

 

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