Amazon Pest Control

Bed Bugs

Bed Bugs are commonly associated with bording/backpacker type premises. They are introduced into the premises through an infected item being brought on site. Typical items can include furniture, such as, couches, chairs, beds, mattresses or personal belongings, such as, back-packs, clothing, pillow cases etc.

Bed bugs feed mainly on the blood of humans, but also suck blood from other animals, birds and bats. Bed bugs usually feed at night when people are asleep. As they feed, they inject a salivary secretion into the wound to prevent coagulation. This fluid often causes the skin to itch and become swollen. Scratching causes sores which may become infected. Bed bugs are not known to transmit human pathogens, including hepatitis B and HIV.

The adult bed bug is brown, ovoid in shape, and has no wings. It is about 1/4 inch long. The newly hatched bugs are almost colorless and similar to the adult except they are much smaller. When full of blood, the body becomes swollen and the colour changes to dark red.

During the day, bed bugs hide in cracks in the walls, behind baseboards, wallpaper and pictures, where parts of a bed are joined together around slats, around the tufts of mattresses and in the bed clothes. They have a sweetish, foul odor which is caused by an oily liquid they emit. Bed bugs are carried into homes in clothes, second hand beds and bedding, furniture, suitcases, or by other people.

Life Cycle

Bed bugs lay eggs that are 1/25" long and are slightly curved. They are usually deposited in clusters. They are fastened with a cement to cracks and crevices or rough surfaces near adult harborages.

The eggs hatch in 4-12 days. The newly hatched nymph is straw colored before feeding. After getting a blood meal, the nymph turns red or purple in colour because of the blood in its body. There are 5 nymphal stages, and it usually takes 35-48 days for nymphs to mature. Female bed bugs deposit 3 to 8 eggs at a time. A total of 200-500 eggs can be produced per female. The eggs hatch in 4-12 days. Adult bed bugs can survive for 6-7 months without a blood meal and have been known to live in abandoned houses for 1 year. In some cases they survive without humans by attacking birds and rodents.

Treatment Methods

involves identifying all the infected items within the premises and treating them accordingly. Steam cleaning of infested mattresses is effective in killing bed bugs living in seams and buttons. Cracks harbouring bed bugs can be treated with residual sprays. A flushing agent containing a pyrethrin can be used around cracks and crevices to locate bed bugs and force them into the open for easier treatment.

Take the bed apart. Spray the bed frames, slats and springs with enough spray to thoroughly wet them. Pay particular attention to the tufts and seams of the mattress. Spray the woodwork and all walls in the bedroom at least 2 feet above the floor. Brush, vacuum, and steam clean mattress and pillows, then put on clean sheets and pillow cases.

Treatment Time - 30 min-1 1/2 hours depending on the level of infestation and the number of infected items to be treated.

Apart from 1 free revisit No Further Warranty can be provided because the this treatment relies also on the occupier to carry out washing and cleaning of potential sources of affected items, such as clothes, bed linen, pillow cases, suitcases, backpacks, blankets, rugs. It is only when both a proffessional pest control service and a diligent cleaning program by the occupier is undertasken that this pest will be controlled in your home.