Bed Bug Treatment | Eradicate Bed Bugs | Exterminate Bed Bugs – Essex and Suffolk Pest Solutions
If you have a bed bug problem in the Suffolk or Essex area, Essex and Suffolk Pest Solutions can help. We offer a full range of pest control services to domestic and commercial clients including specialist cleaning and decontamination services to eradicate bed bugs and other household pests. We will also put measures in place to avoid unwelcome pests returning.
All of our work can be guaranteed and an emergency same day service is available if required. Our bed bug extermination service is discreet and confidential and if required we can arrive in unmarked vehicles. We work to current health and safety legislation and our pest control operatives are CRB checked and qualified to at least BPCA RSPH Level 2.
About Bed Bugs
The bed bug (Cimex lectularius) also known as the mahogany flat, the heavy dragon, the crimson rambler, the night crawler and the redcoat, is becoming increasingly problematic in our homes, hostels, bed and breakfasts and hotels. They have even been known to inhabit the beds on overnight sleepers and cruise ships.
Bed bugs are attracted to heat and carbon dioxide and feed on human blood which they access via two tubular appendages. One is used to pierce the skin and deliver anticoagulants and anaesthetics, while the other extracts blood from the host. In this way, they can feed unnoticed. The itching starts when the anaesthetic wears off and that’s when we realise we have been bitten.
Bed bugs are a cause of real anxiety in people and this is not surprising since severe cases of irritation can be very uncomfortable, lead to secondary infection and even anaemia in some cases.
The life cycle of bed bugs
Egg – The egg is 1mm long and curved at one end.
1st stage larva – 1.5mm long, has its first blood meal then moults.
2nd stage larva – 2mm long, has another blood meal then moults.
3rd stage larva – 2.5mm long, has another blood meal then moults.
4th stage larva – 3mm long, has another blood meal then moults.
5th stage larva – 4.5mm long, has another blood meal then moults
Adult – 5.5mm long, feeds repeatedly over several weeks, females continuously lay up to 5 eggs a day.
The female bed bug will usually lay from two to three eggs per day, producing a total of about 400-500 eggs in her life span. They are often laid in clusters and attached to rough surfaces with a substance similar to glue. At normal room temperatures eggs hatch around two weeks later, producing a light coloured nymph which will go through the five transitional stages or molts referred to above, before becoming a fully fledged adult. The length of time spent in the five nymphal stages can vary enormously and depends upon the food resources available, temperature and relative humidity. Each nymphal instar requires a blood meal for further development. Adults can survive for more than a year without a blood meal.
The treatment of bed bugs
First, a thorough search of all rooms needs to be conducted. Bed bugs can hide in all sorts of unexpected and inaccessible places, laying their eggs everywhere.
Carpets must be deep vacuumed and any infested furniture dismantled. Clothing and bedding must be washed at 60 degrees + and an insecticide would usually be applied. At least 3 treatments will be required, at two week intervals to eradicate this particularly persistent pest.
We endeavour to use the most environmentally friendly products in our treatment of bed bugs. Customers will need to vacate their property for a few hours while the treatment is carried out and any residual insecticide spray is allowed to dry.
Bed Bug Treatment – contact us now for friendly and effective assistance.
We work in the following locations: Ipswich, Felixstowe, Woodbridge, Framlingham, Stowmarket, Bury St Edmunds, Sudbury, Colchester, Manningtree, Harwich, Clacton, Maldon, Chelmsford, Witham and Braintree. Work further afield may also be considered.