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Facts and Information about Bed Bugs

Do you have bed bugs in your home, hotel, guest house, hostel or B&B? For urgent pest control in the Manningtree and Ipswich areas, call on the services of Essex and Suffolk Pest Solutions – or you could end up with a major problem on your hands.

Bed bugs feed on the blood of humans and their bites can cause adverse reactions such as allergies, rashes and psychological distress. Bed bug bites could damage the reputation of your establishment and your company may end up being ‘named and shamed’ with a bad review. So if you have bed bugs, it is vital to call Essex and Suffolk Pest Solutions immediately, as we are experienced in this field and can rid your establishment of these persistent pests.

Whether you require pest control in the Manningtree and Ipswich areas, or further afield in Suffolk and Essex, we are the people to contact. We provide a friendly, local service at very competitive prices and, in addition to this, we can guarantee our work so you can rely on us for our service.

Essex and Suffolk Pest Solutions offer fast and effective domestic or commercial pest control services including bed bug eradication services in Essex and all areas of Suffolk.

Where are you most likely to find bed bugs?

Bed bugs are most associated with hotels, bed and breakfasts, and guest houses. However, they can also be found in privately owned homes, rented establishments, hospitals, residential homes, student accommodation and hostels, including homeless shelters. Not only can they be found in the creases and folds of mattresses and sofas, but in some cases, even on walls and furniture.

Are bed bugs on the rise and why?

Before DDT was banned in the UK in 1984, bed bugs were almost eradicated from homes in the western world. However, unfortunately, the population has escalated dramatically in the last two decades. This is for several reasons but one of the main ones is international travel, as bed bugs can get to and from buildings on people, clothing and in bags and suitcases. A second is a rise in popularity of second-hand furniture and other items, which again can transfer bed bugs from one place to another if they have come from a place that is already infested. Another is that these pests are becoming more resistant to popularly used insecticides, which now makes it harder to get rid of.

How long do they live?

The life span of a bed bug varies according to temperatures and how often they feed, but they can live many weeks or even months. During their lifetime, a female can lay up to 500 eggs.

Can you get rid of them yourself?

Keeping premises clean and well vacuumed, including regular hot washing and tumble drying of fabrics, is a good way to keep the bed bug population down. Wrapping mattresses also help. However, bed bugs are hard to get rid of and tend to be resistant to over-the-counter pesticides. So, for effective pest control in Manningtree, Ipswich, Colchester and Stowmarket, it is always best to call Essex and Suffolk Pest Solutions who can eliminate the problem so you and your guests can sleep easy.

How do Essex and Suffolk Pest Solutions tackle bed bugs?

Our first step is to complete a thorough review of the premises to check how extensive the problem is. Carpets, bedding, clothing and infested furniture are thoroughly cleaned and washed and an insecticide applied. Up to three treatments, once a fortnight, are recommended to eradicate these pests.

Nine things to know about bed bugs:

  • These creatures are generally nocturnal, so humans won’t notice when they are feeding.
  • Bed bugs, their faeces and their sticky eggs can be found in their hundreds or even thousands on furniture and upholstery of infested property.
  • Once they have fed on human blood, they can return to their host for another feeding by following a chemical trail.
  • They have a distinctive odour which has been likened to rotting fruit.
  • Their droppings, if wetted, look a bit like blood smears on fabric.
  • They feed every five to ten days.
  • Female bed bugs can lay up to five eggs a day.
  • Bed bugs can be eaten by cockroaches, ants and spiders.
  • They are a problem not just in the UK, but all over the world.

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