Bed bugs are oval flat insects approximately 5mm in length. They are light brown in appearance when unfed, changing to a deep purple immediately after the ingestion of a blood meal. Adults are wingless and flat, unless recently fed.
Bed bugs hide by day in cracks and crevices in beds, furniture, wallpaper, skirting boards and electrical fittings. One reason why bed bug infestations are so difficult to eradicate is that they are highly resistant to low temperatures and capable of surviving for up to eighteen months without food.
There are no specific diseases associated with bed bugs and their importance is related mostly to the unpleasant irritation following their bites. The itchiness and swelling occurs due to the saliva that the bedbug injects into the host to prevent the blood from clotting. A severe bed bug infestation may result in sleep disturbance to the host and is extremely unpleasant. Heavy infestations are characterised by a sweet almond type odour.
Bed bugs can be very difficult to eradicate however control may be achieved by the use of powerful broadband insecticides. Such insecticides are only available for professional use, therefore unless the infestation is minimal the use of a reputable professional pest control team is advisable. When spraying with insecticide particular attention is paid to the bed frames, skirting boards, wall switches and any cracks or crevices in which the bedbugs are likely to be hiding.
It is extremely important to recognise that the eradication of bedbugs is not achieved immediately after a course of treatment. The bed bugs hide deep within harbourages in inaccessible areas. Therefore the bed bug will only come into contact with the insecticide when it emerges to feed. The bed bug will only emerge to feed if it senses the presence of a blood meal. It is the carbon dioxide that humans exhale coupled with the warmth of the body that draws the bedbug out of its harbourage.
For this reason it is recommended that people sleep in affected rooms after they have been treated. Otherwise the bedbug will not emerge from its harbourage and so will not come into contact with the insecticide.
A full list of charges can be found in our Pest Control Charges page.
We are here to help and advise so if you are unsure about a pest problem or wish to arrange a treatment, please contact us. Unfortunately, we are unable to arrange a course of treatment via email.
All information in regards to the treatment will be kept confidential.
- Monday - Friday 9am to 5pm
- Tel 020 8489 1335
Pest Control Team
Level 1 North - River Park House
225 High Road