Bed bugs

We understand how distressing it is to have bed bugs in your home. With professional treatment, and following our recommendations, it’s possible to get rid of them. 

Book a treatment  

Telephone: 020 8489 1000

  • Monday - 9am to 5pm 
  • Tuesday - 9am to 5pm 
  • Wednesday - 10am to 5pm 
  • Thursday - 9am to 5pm 
  • Friday - 9am to 5pm 

A pest control officer may be able to visit the same week you make a booking.  

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Cost of treatment  

The fee depends on whether you:

  • receive benefits or not
  • are a Homes for Haringey tenant

Please see our full list of charges.   

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Treatment process 

Treatment is carried out by one of our pest control officers. 

The treatment we use is insecticide spray. 

We will make 2 visits to check on progress and spray again. 

What we will do during treatment 

We will visit your home and: 

  • discuss the treatment with you 
  • spray insecticide on affected areas 
  • give you advice on how to stop bed bugs from infesting your home 

Treatment will be carried out in bedrooms. 

What to do before pest control treatment  

Before both visits from our pest control officers, the rooms to be treated will need to be emptied of everything except heavy furniture. 

Before our pest control team arrive, you must:  

  • pick up any objects off the floor   
  • remove all books, cds, dvds, etc from book cases  
  • strip all beds of linen and wash at high temperature  
  • remove all rugs from the floor and wash at high temperature  
  • empty out all bedside tables and clean thoroughly  
  • empty out all wardrobes as the inside will be sprayed  
  • thoroughly vacuum your entire home, including underneath every bed, and dispose of the vacuum bag in the outside rubbish  
  • move all furniture away from the walls  
  • thoroughly clean the skirting boards  

Important: if the above preparation is not made before the pest control officer visits, we won’t be able to carry out treatment. 

What to do after pest control treatment  

It is extremely important to understand that bed bugs do not go away immediately after treatment.  

They can hide in places that are difficult to reach and will only come out when they need to feed.  

They will come into contact with the insecticide when they sense warmth from a human body. For this reason, we recommend that you sleep in affected rooms after treatment.  

After treatment do not: 

  • enter the room for 2 hours after the insecticide has dried 
  • vacuum between the 2 visits from our pest control team  
  • vacuum for up to 4 weeks after our last visit  

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What bed bugs look like  

Bed bugs are:  

  • oval, flat insects approximately 5mm in length  
  • a light brown colour when unfed  
  • a deep purple colour after biting a human or mammal and feeding on their blood  

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Problems they can cause  

Bed bug bites can be extremely unpleasant, causing itching and swelling on the skin.  

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Telephone: 020 8489 1000 

  • Monday - 9am to 5pm 
  • Tuesday - 9am to 5pm 
  • Wednesday - 10am to 5pm 
  • Thursday - 9am to 5pm 
  • Friday - 9am to 5pm 

Pest Control Team - Environment and Neighbourhoods 
Level 1 North - River Park House 
225 High Road 
London, N22 8HQ 

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Page last updated:

October 24, 2022

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