We no longer treat Bed Bugs, the most effective treatment available is to treat with steam. The chemical products which were available to us to treat bed bugs indoors were not effective enough, so we have decided to no longer treat them.
Bed bugs can be difficult to treat as they can hide in the smallest and most unusual places. They have been found inside matresses, inside small cracks in bed framing, under carpet and underlay, in books, inside picture frames, furniture, behind architraves and wall paper, inside light fixtures, roof voids and can travel from other rooms.
Their preferred food source is human and they will usually visit their victim for a meal in the early hours of the morning, after this they travel back to their hiding place where they are usually found in groups and may remain here for several months as they can survive a long time between blood meals.
Adults live for between 50 days to 1 year depending on conditions and in this time will lay up to 500 eggs, which hatch between 7-30 days. Bed bugs are 5mm long are a dark brownish colour and are oval shaped.
Bed bugs will not bite all people, it is possible for them to attack only 1 person in a bed, leaving the other untouched. They do not appear to be associated with the transmission of disease to date, but people bitten will usually have an allergic reaction at the site of the bite (usually several bites which become large red lumps) which is followed by itching, scratching of these bites may result in infection.
Treatment is essential and several treatments may be required if the infestation is severe.
Prevention is the key with bed bugs. When on holiday check all clothing thoroughly before packing and returning home as they can hide in pockets, cuffs and in the bags themselves. Check any cracks and crevices of second hand furniture for signs of bed bugs and if in doubt, have it treated before you bring it into your home.
Overseas visitors to your home may be unwittingly bring bed bugs into your home with their luggage.