Getting Rid Of Bed bugs

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Bed bug bites are no laughing matter. Scarring and trauma from a bed bugs bites can last a lifetime with infections and allergies a common occurrence.

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Severe Bed bug Bites

Bed Bug Control

Bed bugs (Cimex lectularius) are a smart bunch of blood-sucking ectoparasites. At just 1-5mm long, they are easily missed and in Bristol, bed bug infestations are on the rise.

Eliminating their spread without professional guidance can cost you a fortune, disrupt your sleep and even your families health.

How thin are they? Let’s imagine you have a piece of paper. If that piece of paper can slide into gaps, cracks and crevices, then so will bedbugs.

Unfortunately, bed bugs like to feed on warm-blooded animals like us. Bugs are first introduced into our homes on clothing, luggage, second-hand furniture and ourselves, etc.

Most commonly of all, bed bugs arrive in luggage following trips away from home. Visitors also pose a risk of infestation so it’s wise to ask if they have experienced any bites prior to arrival!

Bedroom furniture and upholstered furniture are among the worst affected second-hand items.

See some Pictures of Bed Bug Bites seen recently.

How Can You Identify Bedbugs?

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This well-fed bug was blatantly situated on the wall directly above its host (victim) and as the picture shows is quite distended with a stomach that is very obviously full of fresh human blood.

Bedbugs are about the size of an apple seed or lentil. They feed by injecting you, piercing the skin with a sharp feeding tube resembling a straw.

Carpet beetles are similar in size to bedbugs. Accurately identifying these bugs is vital to reduce costs and avoid significant pesticide use.

Bed bugs in a headboard

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Bedbugs are common on headboards

This bed bug infestation was concealed within the headboard frame of a bed frame and had caused significant discomfort to the occupants over a considerable period.

Hiding places like this are common sites of infestation harbourage as are the frame joints which need to be stripped right down to be confident of successful elimination.

Signs Of Bed Bug Activity

These pictures show some of the most visible and distinctive signs of bedbug activity, giving you a valuable opportunity to assess your premises.

Bed Bug droppings and shed skins on a bed, headboard fitting.

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The discarded skins from bedbugs undergoing ecdysis

Fresh bed bug droppings on bed Sheets.

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Blood on bed sheets from bed bug bites

These droppings consist of digested blood, staining sheets like this fitted sheet providing a very simple identifier of activity.

Blood staining looks very similar to the black mould seen in properties with damp and high humidity.

Because they penetrate human skin to feed, they are often attracted to areas where blood flow is greatest. In a resting human, this in blood vessels close to the skin surface.

As a result, they often puncture rich vascular areas of skin where blood flow is high. Bleeding is an inevitable consequence of direct tissue trauma and will show on clothing and bedsheets.

On the following image, you can see where the victim has bleed following a puncture wound caused by recent feeding.

Bed Bugs & Disease

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Bed bug bites are red, itchy and often bleed out!

The image above shows a typical maculopapular rash. In most cases, these discoloured blotches of skin disappear. However, the rash in others, could leave permanent discolouration, and scarring.

Horrifically, bed bugs can take so much blood from an infant during a nights feed that over a short time, the child will show signs of iron deficiency or anaemia.

Tests carried out in the US show these smart insects crossing a ceiling, then dropping onto a person’s bed to feed – so even protecting your bed might not provide enough protection.

Disease laden bed bugs have been well documented as vectors of disease, but this is not so common in the UK. Bed bugs often get the blame for other parasites, especially fleas that cause similar-looking bites on humans.

Over the past year, we helped many Bristol residents wipe out bed bugs in the home. You can often spot that you have a problem, simply by looking around the edges of your mattress, under the folded Seams.

If you find small, oval, flattened insects with dark speckles around them or nearby then you need to get things treated or at the very least, inspected.

Two massive infestations we tackled last year in Bristol presented a huge challenge, but as usual, we succeeded in taking control and eliminating them.

Where Do Bed Bugs Come From?

They are a parasite, naturally found in the environment, and in association with warm-blooded animals.

Having them does not mean you are dirty, it just means in most cases, you have been unlucky.

Most infestations begin with contaminated luggage, so those who travel regularly tend to be most at risk. Which is why September and October are the busiest times for treatments.

People go away on holiday, pick them up on luggage, and some weeks later discover they are not alone at night!

Another common cause is of an infestation is where an adjoining property is affected. Here the bed bugs migrate through the structure of the building.

Outbreaks caused by a neighbour who has the problem are the most difficult to eliminate. This is because the person responsible may not care, and ultimately won’t pay for a solution either.

When Are Bed Bugs Most Active?

They are most active at night, especially in the early hours when your bedroom is dark and cool. At this time your body is producing enough heat and CO2 to stimulate bed bugs to feed.

How Do You Control Bedbugs?

A combined, integrated and professional approach is the only way to crush most active colonies.

Treatments, when done properly, always turn out cheaper than those where people decided to suffer in silence.

Large infestations, affecting entire properties will end up costing hundreds to treat effectively. Extensive infestations also take a couple of months at best to eliminate.

How Long Does It Take To Get Rid Of Them?

It depends on many factors, but if carried out properly a single treatment should suffice.

If more than one room is affected, then it will take longer. Especially If bed bugs are given sufficient time to reach such numbers that the rest of the property becomes infested.

If you’re being bitten a couple of times a night and only one room is affected, then control will be straightforward.

Pest control treatments become more expensive when people report bedbug bites in more than one room.

Bristol Bed Bug Control – 0117 369 2709