How to Get Rid of Bed Bugs
A Bed Bug
Bed Bugs have an incomplete life cycle.
The "usual" insect larval stage of a Bed Bug is missing.
Bed Bug eggs are creamy coloured and are found deposited in clumps in cracks and crevices of furniture or behind skirting boards etc., close to where the Bed Bug problem or infestation has been noted. Bed Bug eggs hatch after 7-12 days.
The young or "nymph" Bed Bugs emerge through a series of 5 skin moltings or sheddings. This process takes between 30-50 days. The adult Bed Bug is normally about 1/4" or 8mm long.
Bed Bugs vary in colour, being cream-beige prior to feeding to dark red-brown after a feed. Bed Bugs who feed regularly have a life span of about 10 months. But Bed Bugs can survive for several months with a blood meal, if the hosts are not present. In this case Bed Bugs can live for more than a year.
Bed Bugs emerge at night from their breeding and hiding places, hungry and in search of a blood meal.
Bed Bugs are a worldwide problem and infestations are very prolific in the UK due to the close proximity of the population and current high level of travel.
The widespread introduction of central heating has extended the "northern limit" of the Bed Bug population. Bed Bugs like warm conditions.
Bed Bugs are not known to be carriers of disease but are known more for their unpleasant bites.
How do you get rid of Bed Bugs?
Any room with a Bed Bug infestation should be sprayed with a residual insecticide Bed Bug Insecticide Spray. You should pay attention to bed frames, skirting boards, wall switches, joints in bedroom furniture and any other cracks and crevises where Bed Bugs are living and breeding. If possible think about replacing your mattress. If this is not possible, a thorough bug spray of the mattress is our advice.
We advise that a Bed Bug killer powder be used around carpet edges or where the floor meets the wall, which is another place where Bed Bugs like to live and breed.
Lastly a full room fumigation should be done with a smoke bomb / fumer - these give off a fumigating smoke that infiltrates every nook and crany. We advise wardrobe doors and drawers of cupboards be left open for maximum effect.
Another Bed Bug species is the "Martin Bug" (Oeciacus Hirundinis)which is smaller than a Bed Bug. This insect pest is found in the nests of house martins and swallows. Occassionaly it will enter domestic or residential premises when the birds have flown the nest. They the will look for a blood host either human or animal.