How to tell if you have bed bugs and how you can get rid of them

Dad and daughter playing on double bed in London shared apartment

Heat treatment and professional pest control services will help free your home of bed bugs so you can get a good night's sleep and enjoy your house once more. - Credit: Getty Images/iStockphoto

Daniel Neves from Inoculand Pest Control in London reveals how to get your bed bugs under control so you can get a good night’s sleep.

Q: How can you tell if you have bed bugs?

A: Look out for bites on your arms, chest, and neck. If you’re bitten repetitively for a few weeks, after sleeping on your bed or sofa, then it’s likely you have bed bugs. Check for other signs of an infestation such as blood droppings and skin moults.

Inspect the foot of your bed, back of your headboard and bedsheet creases to see if you can spot adult bed bugs or their eggs.

Q: How do bed bugs spread?   

A: Bed bugs can attach themselves to your clothes, belongings, and furniture. You can pick up bed bugs from your holiday accommodation, in your luggage, or from other people you come into contact with.

Q: Are bed bugs a common problem?

Diagram from Inoculand pest control explaining how bed bugs spread

Bed bugs can attach themselves to your clothes, belongings, and furniture. - Credit: Inoculand

A: Bed bugs are often found in high-turnover rental properties. The more tenants living in a property and the more frequent the tenancy change, the more likely bed bugs are to be an issue.

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In London, infestation can be a common problem as there is an extensive amount of flat-sharing and lots of people travelling to and through the city.

Q: How can I prevent bed bugs?

A: I recommend steaming or hot washing your travel bags and clothes when you return from a trip. Ensure any second-hand furniture or clothes are cleaned before use and check regularly for signs of bed bugs. If you notice an infestation, it’s best to get it treated quickly, to prevent them from spreading throughout your home.

Q: How can you get rid of bed bugs?

Heat treatment pest control from Inoculand in London

The benefit of heat treatment is that it tackles bed bug infestation quickly and effectively. - Credit: Inoculand

A: Use a product that contains insect growth regulators and killing agents. Perform repeat treatments to fully remove adult bed bugs, nymphs, and eggs.

Often people use products that are ineffective or don’t perform multiple treatments, which can result in the infestation returning. Using the wrong product can make your problem worse, as bed bugs can develop a tolerance, which is why I recommend enlisting the services of a professional pest control agency.

Q: Why should I use heat treatment to help end my bed bug problem?

A: The benefit of heat treatment is that it tackles bed bug infestation quickly and effectively. Heat treatment is an alternative form of pest control to using chemicals. It involves raising the temperature of an infested room above 56 degrees for an elongated period. The result is it kills all adult bed bugs, nymphs, and eggs. We can also use it against other pests such as fleas, moths, and cockroaches.

It’s safe to use, is pesticide-free, organic, and eco-friendly. I recommend using heat treatment if you have children, pets, elderly relatives living at home, or are pregnant.

Bed bugs can’t build a resistance to the treatment, and it’s able to reach all areas of a room. Heat treatment takes less than a day to complete and to ensure the bed bugs won’t return, we reinforce the treatment by spraying insecticides and perform a follow-up treatment two weeks later.

Heat treatment pest control demonstration on double bed by Inoculand in London.

'Heat treatment is safe to use, organic, and eco-friendly. I recommend using heat treatment if you have children, pets or are pregnant.' - Credit: Inoculand

We also offer a pesticide-based bed bug treatment. The chemicals we use are all HSE-approved, safe to use, and effective at killing bed bugs at all stages of their development.

Q: How can I book an appointment?

Call us, visit our website or send us an email. We have the expertise, experience, and knowledge to help you tackle any pest problem. We’ll help you find the best solution to remove your pests, protect you against future infestations, and ensure you can relax and enjoy your home once more.

Inoculand provides professional pest control services to businesses and homes in and around London. They specialise in removing all kinds of pests from mice, to bed bugs, moths, and more.

Visit inoculandpestcontrol.co.uk for a quote or to book an appointment.

Call 0203 405 5000 or email info@inoculandpestcontrol.co.uk.

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