Bedbugs

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The adult bedbug is a flat, oval shaped insect approximately 5mm in length. It is reddish-brown in colour but becomes purple after feeding.

Cost of Treatment

This service can be provided free of charge if you receive Council tax reduction benefits;

If you are not on this benefit we have an arrangement with our contractor, Monitor Pest Control Ltd, to provide a service at a competitive rates. This cost includes several visits to resolve the problem.

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Lifestyle

They are nocturnal insects which feed at night. They are unable to fly. They either crawl or can be transported in clothing, luggage, furniture and books.

Bedbugs will normally hide close to where the host sleeps. For example, in the frame of the bed or mattress, in furniture, behind the skirting board or wallpaper, or anywhere that provides a dark space during daylight hours.

The problem

Premises infested with bedbugs may be classified as being 'in a verminous condition', with the owners being obliged to have them disinfested.

Although bedbugs are not regarded as disease carriers, their blood feeding can cause severe irritation in some people, resulting in loss of sleep and lack of energy. The bite of a bedbug can cause a hard, whitish swelling. This differs from a flea bite which leaves a dark red spot surrounded by a reddened area.

The excrement of a bedbug is speckled. There is often a distinctive and unpleasant almond-like smell in infested rooms.

Prevention & control

Bed bugs enter a home through many possible ways, the most common being hitching a ride on your luggage, clothing or other belongings after you have stayed somewhere else.

  • Check for bed bugs before unpacking during a trip away from home. Change rooms or hotels immediately if you see any evidence of bed bugs
  • Take care of bed bugs that may have hitched a ride on clothing. Separate laundry into plastic bags so the clothes can be placed directly in the washer without bugs escaping. Wash and dry the clothes on the highest setting that the fabric can withstand or take items to the dry cleaners
  • Inspect luggage and other personal items for bed bugs. Vacuum off luggage and items that cannot be washed. Hand wash other items with hot, soapy water. Use a brush to scrub items, especially where bugs and eggs may be hiding in the seams and folds
  • Take care when bringing used furniture and clothing into your house. Wash clothing immediately. Furniture, however, should be inspected carefully before bringing it into your home

Treatment

Bedbugs are best treated by a professional pest control company.