Bed Bug Treatment
Effective For All Environments
Put an end to bed bugs.
Bed bugs are small, flattened pests that survive on the blood of humans and other warm-blooded creatures. Their uniquely flat bodies allow them to nestle into minuscule spaces. Despite their name, these elusive insects are not only prone to infesting your bed but also the spaces surrounding it. This positioning lets these nocturnal nuisances effortlessly access people while they sleep, hence the name “bed bugs”.
Where Do They Come From?
Bed bugs, despite common misconceptions, are not a result of poor hygiene or dirty environments. These pests have been commonly spread across the globe for centuries. They are consummate hitchhikers, primarily transported by humans and human belongings like suitcases, clothing, furniture, and other personal items. Once introduced into a new location, such as a home or hotel room, they can move within walls, through floor and ceiling openings, or along pipes, spreading themselves throughout the building. Being vigilant when travelling or using second-hand furniture is essential to prevent a potential bed bug infestation. People often unknowingly bring bed bugs into their homes after visiting infested locations or by collecting infested items.
PRO Pest Control has a proven track record in effectively eradicating bed bugs. We employ a comprehensive approach that involves treating the existing infestation and implementing preventative measures to avoid future infestations. Our trained team starts with a thorough inspection to identify all hiding spots and determine the extent of the infestation. Based on this assessment, we deploy a combination of integrated pest control treatments tailored to your environment. This strategy is designed to eliminate bed bugs at all stages of their life cycle, from eggs to adults.
Spotting Bed Bugs
Understanding the appearance of bed bugs is the first step in identifying an infestation. Adult bed bugs are about the size of an apple seed, usually 5-7mm long, with a flat, oval shape and a brownish colour that transitions to reddish-brown after they feed. Young bed bugs are smaller, similar in size to a pinhead, and exhibit a yellow-white colour. The eggs of these pests are minuscule, approximately 1mm in size, and have a pearly white hue.
Typically, the presence of bed bugs is indicated by a few tell-tale signs. Since they are nocturnal creatures that feed primarily at night, they often leave reddish-brown stains on sheets and mattresses. These stains are excrement and may also be found along the edges of your mattress or within your bedding. These insects are adept at concealment, favouring dark, tight spaces in close proximity to humans. While mattresses, box springs, and headboards are among their preferred locations, they can also be found in the cracks and crevices of bedside tables, behind wallpapers, and even inside electronic devices.
Bed bugs emit a distinct musty odour, often compared to the smell of overripe raspberries or mouldy shoes. If you detect this unique scent in your space or around sleeping areas, it could indicate an infestation. Furthermore, bites can also serve as a clue to their presence. They are usually small red bumps on the skin, typically arranged in lines or clusters. They can cause itchiness and discomfort and sometimes lead to an allergic reaction. However, not everyone reacts to bed bug bites, so the absence of bites does not necessarily rule out an infestation.
To identify a bed bug infestation, it’s crucial to thoroughly inspect your bedding, mattress, and box springs for any signs of these pests. If you suspect an infestation, it is always best to engage with professionals. Our pest control team is armed with the necessary tools to quickly identify and confirm infestations and effectively eliminate them from your home or business.
Bed bugs are notorious for their resilience. These parasitic insects can survive for extended periods without a meal, making them incredibly difficult to eliminate without professional assistance. Under optimal conditions, an adult can live for as long as 6 to 12 months! However, this lifespan can fluctuate based on factors such as temperature and the availability of a host. Young bugs require blood to moult and progress to the next stage of their lifecycle. However, if food is scarce, the young can also display remarkable survival skills, living without feeding for up to 20 weeks. This ability to withstand prolonged periods without sustenance and a rapid reproduction cycle makes them challenging pests to eradicate.
Adult bugs can live up to a year without a meal, but our advanced treatment will have you resting easily, knowing your home is protected. We tackle these invaders at every life cycle stage, from eggs to adulthood, ensuring a thorough and effective eradication.
How To Prepare Your Home For Bed Bug Treatment
Eradicating bed bugs requires careful preparation. Prior to initiating your bed bug treatment, you will be advised to take the following steps:
- Relocate all pets from the premises.
- Remove any food items to prevent contamination.
- Strip all beds of their sheets.
- Ensure gas flames and pilot lights are turned off.
- Close all windows, external doors, and ventilators to keep the fumigant contained.
- Take out household plants, as they can be adversely affected by fumigation.
- Open all potential hiding places, including wardrobes, cupboards, and interior doors.
- Protect appliances by covering them.
- Cover fish tanks to safeguard aquatic life.
Preventing bed bugs is possible with a series of proactive measures to keep these resilient pests at bay. Firstly, a regular inspection of your surroundings is crucial! Because these insects are often transported unknowingly in luggage, furniture, and other items from infested areas, it is important to be careful when bringing new items into your space or when travelling is necessary. Secondly, maintaining cleanliness will deter bed bugs. Regular vacuuming can remove any potential eggs or bugs, while washing and drying clothes and bedding at high temperatures will kill them. Using protective covers on mattresses and box springs can also stop them from turning your bed into a breeding ground. Thirdly, sealing cracks and crevices in your home will eliminate spaces for these bugs to hide and lay eggs.
If you suspect an infestation, seek help from our professional team! Early detection and treatment can prevent a full-blown infestation and save you time, stress, and money associated with large-scale eradication. Prevention is always better than cure, especially when it comes to bed bugs.
Bed Bugs in Businesses
If you are operating a business that offers accommodation or transportation services, adopting a proactive stance towards bed bug control is critical. These industries are often major hot spots for the growth and spread of bed bugs:
Given the breadth of potential infestation sources, preventing bed bugs from infiltrating your business premises can be incredibly challenging. Therefore, the most effective line of defence is early detection, achieved by regular checks for common signs of bed bugs.