Bedbug (Cimex lectularius)

Bedbug

Controlling and Treating Bedbug Infestations

Bed bugs are a tricky pest and one of the most difficult to eradicate. However CSS Pest Services can help remove a bedbug infestation by inspection and applying the correct insecticide to key areas of the property. This normally consists of 3 treatment visits and a recommendation plan checklist for additional tasks that we ask you to complete eg. launder your curtains, bedding etc to a high temperature.  However on some occasions, dependant of the infestation level and your preference CSS Pest Service  offer a heat treatment service to eradicate the infestation.

CSS Pest Services offer a call-out service to deal with bedbugs and other pest problems in the home. Our service is fast (usually within 12 hours), effective and offers the highest level of safety for your family and pets. You can be reassured that all our local technicians are trained to the British Pest control Association standards.

If you are concerned that you may have a bedbug problem and would like to arrange an initial consultation and inspection visit then call us free on 0800 2545003.

Why are Bedbugs here?

Due to worldwide travel, bedbugs are a significant problem in this country and around the world. They are easily spread through many means but most likely have been introduced through luggage.

The Impact of Bedbugs

Bedbugs are an exoparasite, which feed on the blood of humans. Bed bugs are not known for transmiting disease. The main concern is the irritation and distress caused by bedbug bites, which do not initially burst, but can cause itchiness from the body’s reaction that causes discomfort. Treating the bites soothes the irritation, but it can still be very distressing when there are multiple bites as is often the case with bedbugs. Multiple bites and contact with bedbugs can also lead to an itchy rash or eczema. Consult a pharmacist for advice and treatment if this occurs.

Identifying Bedbugs

Adult bedbugs are approx 5mm long and are a flattened oval shape and light brown, but become rounder and darker after feeding. They are mainly active at night and are attracted to body warmth and carbon dioxide from our breath. They are predominantly found in bedrooms.

Bedbugs and mess on a mattressThe most common harbourage for bedbugs are in the seams of mattresses, screw heads of the headboard, crevices in the bed frame, behind furniture surrounding the bed (bedside tables) or behind the gripper rods of carpets that are situated behind the bed.

 

Signs of bedbug infestation on a mattress

Small black spots on bedding are indicative of bed bug excreta from an established infestation.

Read more about heat treatment of bedbugs here.

 

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