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How bad can a bed bug infestation get?

What are bed bugs?

Bed Bugs are small reddish insects with round shape.
They are parasites and are feeding with blood. The bed bug bites can cause red rashes and the area will become extremely itchy.  Bed bugs have segmented abdomens with microscopic hairs that give them a banded appearance. Adults grow to 4–5 mm (0.16–0.20 in) long and 1.5–3 mm (0.059–0.118 in) wide.

Usually, one bed bug will bite you a couple of times in one area until the insect finds good enough blood vessel to feed from. Once the bed bug starts feeding it will stay approximately 4-5 minutes until fully fed.
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How serious bed bug infestation can be?

People are often asking us how bad can a bed bug infestation be. Well, in this article we are going to show you one infestation that we have successfully treated recently with our bed bug control program.

In this particular case, the residents of the property had the bed bugs for more than 6 or more months according to our pest control technician. You think that's impossible right? Then we will leave the maths to you! 
After mating, females lay white, oval eggs (sugar crystal looking)(1/16" long) into cracks and crevices.  An individual bed bug can lay 200 to 250 eggs in her lifetime. The eggs hatch in 6 to 10 days and the newly emerged nymphs seek a blood meal. Under normal circumstances, adult bed bugs will live for about 2 to 4 months

Pretty scary isn't it?

If you still want to find out how bad can the bed bug infestation be, have a look at the pictures from our treatment below. 
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An example of extremely heavy bed bug infestation

Our pest control technician was sent to a property according to the landlord, who described it as "extremely infested with bed bugs"

During the pest control inspection, the technician found out that one of the bedrooms (the source) has the bed frame, mattress, and surrounding furniture infested with hundreds of bed bug eggs and alive insects. The technician had his PPE overall and was ready to perform the bed bug treatment with insecticides. For infestations as bad as this one, we recommend a Heat Treatment. In this case, the bed frame and mattress had so many blood stains and marks, that they had to be disposed. The landlord was advised we can still eliminate the bed bugs with our insecticide program, but 3 visits will be required due to the severity of the problem.

On the pictures, you can see bed bug droppings (small black blood dots, made of digested blood), around the skirting boards, window frames, and radiator pipes.

This is sometimes disappointed for landlords renting out their properties, as this flat have to be completely refurbished now before it can go back on the rental market.

Don't delay bed bug treatment! Call Archers Pest Control now!

Call us: 020 8144 8757

How can i get bed bugs?

To get bed bugs in London is not very difficult unfortunately. Bed bugs can travel from one place to another using people as hosts. There are some other options you have to consider, in order to avoid being infested with bed bugs.

  • Second-hand furniture
  • Low-cost hotels (check always people reviews)
  • Public transport in London
  • Visiting a friend, who have them
Is there a DIY bed bug treatment, I can do myself?

We strongly don't recommend you to treat or approach treating a bed bug infestation yourself, even if it looks like a minor one. Bed bugs can be extremely resistant from insecticides, especially the products you can buy from the internet. All products you can get are "amateur use only", which means they are ready to use. Spraying with ready to use chemical can disperse the insects from their harbourage to other locations in your room or even the whole house. The amount of chemical also is not the "greatest". As an amateur, who don't have appropriate training to perform such a treatment and store safely the product, all of the insecticides in the web are with extremely low concentration.