Bed Bug Control Facts
Greater Glasgow and West Central Scotland
Bed Bug Habitat, Biology, Importance of Control, Bug Treatments, Costs & Quotes
Bed Bug Habitat
Bed Bug is nocturnal parasite, all stages feeding on mammelian blood, principally human but also dog, cat or rodents. Bed Bugs hide by day in crevices in beds, furniture, wallparer, skirting boards and emerge when hungry, usually every few days, to feed.
Bed Bug Biology
Egg - nymph - adult
Eggs - up to 200, possibly more, laid at a rate of 4 - 5 a day glued in crevices and harbourages. Eggs are white with cap. Only hatch above 13C.
Nymps - 5 moults, taking from a few weeks to several months depending on food supply and conditions.
Adults - Wingless, flattened unless recently fed, about 6 mm long.
Bed Bugs Importance
Bed Bugs are not known to be frequent carriers of disease and their importance is related mostly to the unpleasant irritation following their bites. Heavy infestations are characterised by a distinctive odour. There is also some suggestion that Bed Bugs may be partly responsible for the lowering of social standards in an area of infested housing, where some householders are tempted to move away from the area to avoid the trouble and stigma.
Bed Bug Control
Thoroughness is required and it is important to find and treat harbourages. Adult bugs and nymphs may be found by searching likely hiding places and by using a flushing aerosol. Smears or spots of excrement may be seen close to harbourages as fully fed bugs remove excess water before returning to their narrow crevices. Eggs and egg cases may be visible in harbourages. Bugs can survive many months in the absence of a host. The structure of infested rooms should be sprayed or dusted with a broad spectrum residual insecticide, paying particular attention to bed frames, skirting boards, wall switches and any other cracks and crevices likely to shelter adult or nymphal bugs. If possible, bedding materials including the mattress should be disposed of, or heat sterelised. There may be a need for a repeat treatment(s) in cases of wide-spread infestations.
Bed Bug Treatment, Cost of Control and Quotes
A Bed Bug treatment in a 3-bedroom residential property may take a full day when done properly. The thourghness is the first very important factor for a successful bed bug treatment. There has been insecticide resistance observed in some Bed Bug populations. The correct selection of insecticides is therefore the second and also very important factor when treating Bed Bugs. We do not use heat tunnels or bubbles and tents as these methods have proven not enough effective nor economical in practice. Also heat treatments are not very considerate to the treated items such as electronics, items of art or historical value and even to some things made of wood and plastics due to a risk of heat damage. In most domestic situations a substitute of using the washing machine, tumble-drier or a steam iron may be utilised by the residents to treat own clothing or other items wihout the use of chemicals. An alternative to heat treatments, suitable for museums and other institutions are freeze treatments that might be considered for items of artistic or historical value; however we do not provide this service.
We carry out conventional Bed Bug treatments using the suitable formulations of insecticides that are approved for use in domestic situations as well as in hotel rooms and other commercial establishments while paying attention to details. Non-chemical insecticide - desiccant may be used in food handling and children play areas where possible. Find our prices (quotes) of bed bug removal treatments on our Bed Bug Control page. If you are not sure whether you have Bed Bugs, a free inspection of your premises can be arranged before treatment. Please contact Czechmate Pest Control to arrange a free inspection or to book a Bed Bug treatment. Fast response guaranteed in all served areas.