Professional bed bug control throughout Bracknell, Wokingham, Crowthorne and surrounding areas.
Why are bed bugs such a problem in Bracknell?
Bed bugs are the 21st Centuries major pest problem; as international travel increases we’ve seen a huge rise in the number of calls for bed bug treatments and in Bracknell this is no exception. These bloodsucking insects can be picked up from hotels, hostels and even on public transport with the aircraft we travel on being frequent carriers of bed bugs.
Bed bugs are highly adaptable insects, their ability to change to outside influences means that we are seeing that we are having greater difficulty in treating bed bugs and some strains have developed immunity to certain chemicals used by pest controllers. The insects are not known to be vectors of disease like mosquito’s and pose few health problems aside from leaving you with itchy bites Adult bed bugs are roughly the size and colour of an apple pip they like to hide in dark areas of the bed frame, underneath seals around your mattress and we’ve even found them behind the photos on the wall.- the Victorians knew them as bed bugs and wall bugs!
How would we know if we have bed bugs?
You’ll know if you have bed bugs as they bite where the junction any fabric fall over skin; your neck resting on a pillow. They will journey along the junction of the material an skin biting several times eventually forming a line of itchy lumps. All insects grow and shed their hard exoskeleton and bed bugs are no different; these discarded skins will be found and are the colour of a peanut skin.
Bed bugs will feed every three or four days; more in hot conditions; you can easily mistake bed bugs bites for mosquito's and the connection isn’t made until you return home from your trip – bringing the bed bugs back with you.
Eradicating bed bugs in Bracknell - Our treatment:
As bed bugs adapt and become more resistant to the chemicals we use we adapt our treatment processes: we now treat bed bugs in three steps.
Step 1 – We the bugs and eggs instantly. Extremely effective but there is still the need for a chemical attack.
Step 2 – Surface spray, we use an advanced chemical that contains as part of the composition an Insect Growth Regulator; IGR’s prevent the young bugs called nymphs from shedding their exoskeleton. This won’t kill them but it does prevent them from reaching sexual maturity.
Step 3 – Room fogging, we acknowledge the resistant to chemical but we introduce a cocktail of insecticides that combined together form a potent mix.
If the three steps isn’t enough to combat chemically resistant bed bugs we can carryout heat treatments where we bring in portable heaters and raise the room temperature to 60 degrees Celsius, every living thing has a thermal death point. The TDP for bed bugs is between 45 degrees and 50 degrees Celsius, by heating an entire room to 60 we ensure that the heat penetrates deep into mattresses killing every bed bug hiding there.
Preparation is the key to exterminating bed bugs and we will need your help in preparing the area for treatment:
Clothing may need to be taken out of the room and either washed at 60 degrees, placed in a freezer for the cold to penetrate and kill the bugs or dry cleaned.
The area needs to be thoroughly vacuumed and ensure that the Hoover is emptied OUTSIDE of the building otherwise you will leave them inside the body of the machine and they will spread to unaffected areas.
Pets will need to treated with a flea preparation as bed bugs can and will be carried on your dogs and cats.
We can offer a completely non-toxic alternative to a chemical treatment using pesticides, a recent development has meant that we can kill insects through the application of a water based chemical that is completely non-toxic; it works by throwing a three dimensional web over the insects preventing them from carrying respiration. The chemical has no residual effect so is only active when wet but with quick drying times when used in conjunction with steam this treatment means that your rooms are ready for re-use within a couple of hours.
Bed bugs are not associated with dirt as they can be picked up anywhere, when staying in hotels or hostels check the ends of a mattress for the distinctive blood spots left over from feeding. Carefully examine the fabric seam of the mattress and check around the headboard paying close attention to the side facing the wall. If you find blood-spots or the discarded exoskeletons do not unpack your case and leave the room immediately. For an in-depth explanation on how to leave unwanted holiday souvenirs on holiday, read our (link to holiday survival – aaps)
Got a problem with bed bugs in Bracknell?
Don’t delay phone us on 01344 534 311.
Sleep tight hope the bed bugs don't bite.