An initial inspection and assessment must be carried out for suspected bedbug infestation because of the behaviour of the pest. This will be followed by two treatment visits between 10 and 21 days apart. If there is still activity after the second treatment a third treatment will be carried out 10 to 14 days later.
The householder will need to prepare the house for treatment in order for it to be effective and the officer will advise on the preparation required. Failure to adequately prepare the property will adversely affect the success of the treatment.
Further visits thereafter may incur additional charges
Bedbugs are not considered a public health pest officially, but they can be an unpleasant and persistent nuisance due to their feeding habits.
Bedbugs draw blood from their hosts by piercing the skin. It is the bedbug’s saliva which causes the redness, swelling and itching. Some people could have an allergic reaction which is a concern for those at risk of anaphylaxis.
Unlike mosquitoes and ticks there are no confirmed cases of bedbugs spreading diseases from one human to another, even though the bedbug possesses all the correct tools to do so!
The following are signs that you may have a bedbug infestation:
Bedbug infestations are on the rise, mainly due to the increase of world wide travel. It is mainly places were people are very transient such as hotels and hostels that tend to report repeat infestations. Bedbugs are excellent travellers and holiday makers can often carry infested suitcases back and infest their homes.
By following these tips you may be able to prevent an infestation:
The treatment of bedbugs can be a long process. They are notoriously difficult insects to eradicate especially where high levels of infestation exist. Treatments often have to be tried and varied to ensure success.
Treatment can take from 2 weeks to 2 months and sometimes longer if a infestation is severe. New control methods are being tested all the time, including sealed bags around mattresses, new insecticides and even treatments with temperature manipulation.
For these reasons we do not recommend that you try and treat an infestation yourself. Treatments are extremely difficult and even professionals can struggle to control the problem completely. However, with your cooperation and understanding treatments are usually always successful.
We recommend that you seek an experienced expert in bedbug control. They should be a member of the British Pest Control Association. You can contact them by calling 01332 294288 or by visiting www.bpca.org.uk.
You should expect, even with a minor infestation, a minimum of three visits. During these visits the contractor will treat the problem and use sticky monitors to check progress.
When seeking the services of a private contractor you should always obtain a minimum of three quotes. This will allow you to compare value for money. Always ask the contractor what the price will be to eradicate (a fixed charged). Otherwise they may charge you per visit which could spiral out of control.
For further information or to book a treatment by a qualified and experienced pest control officer please contact us.