How Do I Know I Have Bed Bugs?
Bed bugs are nocturnal creatures and as such are active during the night. The severity of the reaction to the bites that they leave varies from person to person, with some people not showing any reaction at all. Bites are more prominent on the areas of the body that stick out of the bed covers, so do check your arms and neck for tiny red dots.
Bed bugs are visible to the eye, but they tend to hide during the day. This is why infestations often grow unnoticed until the problem becomes huge. Unfortunately, most DIY methods of bed bug extermination aren't effective enough, so you should seek help from a licensed bed bug pest controller in your London area.
Before The Bed Bug Treatment
Since bed bugs are extremely hard to eradicate, proper preparation for bed bug pest control is crucial for the success of the treatment. You need to remove and wash the bed sheets, bedding and curtains and clear the space underneath the bed prior to the treatment. You also need to clean and vacuum the rooms that will require treatment, empty your drawers and wardrobes and wash all your clothes. You can reorganise your wardrobe only when the treatment is completed. Any other clutter such as toys, books, boxes, and even furniture, must be organized and pulled away from the walls to at least a few inches. Don't move objects between rooms to avoid spreading the bed bug infestation further.
The Bed Bug Pest Control Service
Our bed bug exterminators in London will treat the walls, ceilings, the beds, mattresses, furniture and any surrounding areas that may be infested. Our standard bed bug treatment plan includes 2 visits, which will cover the bed bug life cycle in its entirety. This number of treatments is enough to control a normal infestation and to achieve a bedbug-free home.
The 1st Visit:
During the first bed bug control procedure, your exterminator will use special IGR ( insect growth regulator ) insecticide to spray your London home. It is designed to break the life cycle of the bed bug population and prevent them from reproducing. We advise you to sleep in your bed during the first night after the treatment, as this will draw the bed bugs out of their hiding and will cause more of them to be infected with the insecticide.
The Follow-Up Visit:
On the second bed bug treatment of your London flat, the technician will use a different type of insecticide that will target the rest of the bed bug population. Bed bugs form chemical resistance quite fast, so it's important to switch up the products used against them. The second treatment is a residual one, meaning that it will leave a thin barrier of protection over anything it is sprayed on. This will provide long-lasting protection to you and your family.
*Additional bed bug treatments might be required if there is a heavy infestation at your London property. Your pest technician will advise you on the best course of action.
Book bed bug pest control with 3 visits to extend your guarantee to up to 3 months (Recommended for heavy infestations).
The bed bug exterminator will arrive at your London property fully-equipped. He will have a special respiratory mask and gloves for personal protection during the bed bug treatment. We advise you to leave the property during the time of treatment and return as soon as 3 hours after the bed bug control has been completed. This will allow for any insecticides to "dry" completely before you occupy the property.
What To Do After The Bed Bug Pest Control?
After the bed bug treatment of your London property, you need to leave the insecticides to settle prior to returning to your home. Do not let pets or children walk on treated areas until they are completely dry. If your skin happens to come into contact with wet post-treatment areas, make sure to wash yourself off well. Avoid vacuuming all treated carpeted areas for at least 5-10 days because the insecticide needs to work for a longer period of time, in order for the treatment to be effective. Other treated areas such as walls, bed frames, etc. must not be washed for at least 2 weeks. This will allow for the insecticide to take full effect and protect your London home for longer.
You need to launder all bedding. You also need to occupy and heat the rooms that have been treated against bed bugs. Reducing humidity and warming up the premises boosts the bed bug eradication process. This will encourage the bed bugs to crawl over the treated areas and come into contact with insecticides. Be prepared to see some bed bugs after the treatment - it means that it works and the population is being destroyed. However, if you notice them after a few weeks since the last treatment, then another spray may be necessary to finish off the bed bug colony.
Avoid bringing in "new" furniture to a treated or infested area unless the item has been treated as well or the infestation has been eradicated.
Bed Bug Heat Treatment
Archers Pest Control offers a Heat Treatment for Bed Bugs in London. This is an advanced method of bed bug extermination and it works by applying heat under pressure to areas infested bu the bed bugs, including mattresses, skirting boards, furniture, and any other objects in a room, especially near beds. Heat kills bed bugs at a temperature above 48C for a couple of hours.
The heat treatment for bed bugs is regarded as alternative to insecticide treatment, where a single heat procedure eradicates the entire bed bug population, effectively ending the infestation since bed bug eggs are also destroyed.
At Archers Pest Control, we combine the heat treatment with insecticide treatment of bed bugs, if you have booked the heat treatment procedure. This way you get the immediate eradication of the bed bug colony, as well as the protective qualities of a spray treatment, which lasts for months ahead.