Bedbugs

Bedbugs - Pest Control London

Bedbugs Control in London

Bedbugs were once a common public health pest worldwide, which declined in incidence through the mid 20th century. Recently however, bed bugs have undergone a dramatic resurgence and worldwide there are reports of increasing numbers of infestations. Bed bugs are one of the great travelers of the world and are readily transported via luggage, clothing, bedding and furniture. As such, they have a worldwide distribution.

Some Basic Facts:

  • Bed bugs are persistent. Eradicating, exterminating or just killing an entire infestation requires persistence.
  • They can hide in extremely small cracks and crevices making it difficult to locate breeding sites.
  • Bedbugs are rarely seen in daylight. They emerge from their hiding spots at night.
  • They can live a year or longer without food (blood) and thus stay in their hiding places.
  • Bed bugs can travel long distances and survive in suitcases, clothing, vehicles, aircraft, cruise ships and other modes of transportation.
  • Bed bug females lay about 300 eggs and the eggs hatch in 10 days

Symptoms of a Bed Bug Infestation

Most bug bug problems are not detected until someone has been bitten. The bite is painless. The salivary fluid injected by bed bugs typically causes the skin to become irritated and inflamed, although individuals can differ in their sensitivity. A small, hard, swollen, white welt may develop at the site of each bite. This is accompanied by severe itching that lasts for several hours to days.

A bed bug infestation can be recognized by blood stains from crushed bugs or by rusty dark spots of excrement on sheets and mattresses, bed clothes, and walls. Fecal spots, eggshells, and shed skins may be found in the vicinity of their hiding places. An offensive, sweet, musty odor from their scent glands may be detected when bed bug infestations are severe.

Hiding Places

Bed bugs can live in almost any crevice or protected location. They will usually stay close to their food source (blood) but can rapidly spread through a multiple residence building, hotel or other accommodations. The most common place to find them is the bed. Bed bugs often hide within seams, tufts, and crevices of the mattress, box spring, bed frame and headboard.