What to Do When You Find Bed Bugs

We know the feeling, that first hint of detection and then the glaring fact – you have found bed bugs. The first thing to do is to remember that, no matter the scale of your problem, there are many effective ways of getting rid of bed bugs fast and permanently. Professional solutions are effective and there are also many simple home remedies for bed bugs 

The key to reacting is taking action fast, to make sure that you eliminate the bed bugs before they spread. You can take the following immediate measures:

  • Wash all affected clothing or bedding, ideally one a hot setting. After washing you can try an additional hand wash in a bowl, again try and use the highest temperature water that you can safely handle.
  • Thoroughly clean affected areas. Extensive vacuuming, mopping, and scrubbing can help remove dust and bed bugs. Make sure to throw away the contents of all vacuum bags immediately in a sealed plastic bag.
  • Try some home remedies. Bed bugs do not like certain essential oils, so try using tea tree oil, chamomile oil or cinnamon oil in the cracks and crevices of any furniture and the edges of floors where you have found bed bugs.

Now that you have minimised the problem you can more easily focus on making the remaining areas safe. The key to doing this is looking for any signs of bed bugs, and killing them when you find them. As providers of a range of pest control solutions, we are a reliable source of information on where to look for bed bugs. 

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How to Detect Bed Bugs

Now that the immediate problem presence of bed bugs is confirmed you can search for bed bugs in other areas. The main test is looking for a visible cluster of bed bugs in any corners, cracks, nooks and joins within furniture or any other fabric. 

A common sign is the smell of rotting raspberries. Areas to examine include the following:

  1. Bedside tables: Empty your bedside table or nightstand and fully inspect it. Some bedside tables also feature drawers, so you should take the drawers out and completely examine them up close. Clean and hoover the inside shelves and the railings of all drawers.
  2. Bedside lamps: Bed bugs can cluster in the areas underneath bedside lamps, which are commonly padded and can be an ideal environment for bed bugs. You should remove any bedside lamps on the walls and inspect them too, as the fabric of any type of lampshade has the potential of hosting bed bugs.
  3. Underneath chairs: You might check the cushions and pillows of a chair, but have you examined underneath? The fabric on the underside of many dining and living room chairs can prove to be valuable real estate for these gravity-defying bed bugs. You can vacuum and use hot water sprays on the area to clean it.
  4. Curtains: A lot of people find it hard to think of the unusual areas where bed bugs can cluster. The fact that curtains may be affected does not occur to most people, but they can be a happy home for many bed bugs. Curtains that touch the floor, particularly a carpeted floor, are most at risk from bed bugs.
  5. Carpets: Probably the most obvious but important place to check is the carpets. This includes fully carpeted floors or single rugs and other floor coverings. Check the corners of the room in particular, you can also take up the edges of the carpets for a thorough check. Carpet cleaners can help clean a rug or carpet and vacuuming will also prevent the accumulation of dust that bed bugs love.
  6. Bed frames: Aside from mattresses, bedding or clothes the presence of bed bugs in a bed frame is probably the most common. Bed frames and headboards that have padding are the most likely culprits. Examine all joints and cracks within the bed frame, and take it apart before thoroughly cleaning it if possible.
  7. Picture frames: Bed bugs can cluster inside of picture frames. The smooth backing of felt that many frames feature can be an ideal surface for a bed bug cluster to form. Also, the inside of a picture frame is a place where people will not commonly access it – so bed bugs can take advantage of the lack of human presence.
  8. Electrical sockets: The seclusion and warmth of an electrical socket make them a great home for bed bugs. It is easily possible for bed bugs to creep up the short distance up the wall where most electrical outlets are placed. Try unscrewing it to check behind the socket.

If you have underside drawers in your bed make sure that you check those too, carefully examining all rails sliders and rollers. If you have a wallpaper that is fabric then it may also be possible for bed bugs to nest there. Thoroughly check all over for any indication of further signs of bed bugs, you can try using a magnifying glass and a bright light for a clearer examination.

How to Kill Bed Bugs

It is possible to kill bed bugs using a variety of household items. You can try the following techniques when you want to get rid of bed bugs at home:

  • Use an iron: Bed bugs are survivors, but one thing they cannot survive in is high temperatures. Using an iron can provide intense heat to a piece of fabric without damaging it. Some irons have spray and mist settings that help with stubborn creases but can also help penetrate deep into a mattress or clothes.
  • Rubbing alcohol: Using a household disinfectant such as rubbing alcohol can kill bed bugs effectively. You can use ethyl rubbing alcohol, the same type used as an antiseptic, to kill bed bugs on fabrics and flat surfaces. If you dilute it in some water you can cover a large area. Rubbing alcohol will then naturally evaporate, so there is no chemical residue once dry.

Killing bed bugs is the only way to get rid of them, and most people will be able to effectively do this at home by using the above tips.

How to Get Rid of Bed Bugs Permanently with a Professional Solution

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If you find bed bugs again, it is likely the problem has not been sufficiently dealt with. Sometimes the only solution is a professional approach to bed bug extermination.

The following professional solutions may be necessary:

  • Anti-allergy vacuum treatments: By using powerful vacuum cleaners with special filters it is possible to remove bed bugs and small particles of dust in a mattress, carpet or furniture.
  • Hot washes: You can treat bedding with hot washes yourself, but using hot washes with powerful cleaning chemicals and intense dry cycles from commercial tumble dryers will fully treat large bedding and other fabrics.

Using a professional solution you can get rid of bed bugs in one day. Fumigation with CO2 can also help, but there are many ways for bed bugs to survive this. Other sprays and treatments can kill bed bugs with chemicals that are made organically.

How to Get Rid of Bed Bugs When You Find Them

It is a horrible sinking feeling when you find bed bugs in a mattress or anywhere else, but there are many home remedies for bed bugs that can help you to get rid of them permanently. If you inspect one room or find them in the whole house you may need a professional solution at home. Professional solutions can work in just one day.

Mattress covers or full mattress encasements will reduce or eliminate the risk of bed bugs in a mattress and prevents them from occurring before they spread to other areas. To get rid of bed bugs with a professional result in the Midlands region of the UK please feel free to get in touch today.

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    The Latest and Best Bed Bug Treatments

    Using the most up to date and effective treatments for bed bugs gives you a better outcome. The bed bug treatments used by professional pest controllers are an excellent way to efficiently get rid of bed bugs.

    The best bed bug treatments include the following options:

    • Hot water treatments.
    • Anti-allergy vacuuming treatments.
    • Mattress sealing.
    • Specialist sprays and powders.

    The type of treatment that works best will depend on the situation, which the following factors will influence:

    • The scale of the problem, a large bed bug infestation requires more extensive treatment.
    • The presence of bed bugs in cracks and crevices, box springs, bed frames or electrical outlets. 
    • Any existing bed bug control measures, if bed bugs bite it is a sign that preventative strategies are not working.

    The bed bug treatments that we use as professional pest controllers include the latest and most effective options. There are a variety of home treatments and commercial treatments that we have experience in providing, which makes us an ideal source of information on the best available options.

    We provide bed bug treatments in many places across the Midlands region of the UK. For a professional solution in this region please feel free to get in touch today.

    The Most Effective Bed Bug Treatments and Costs

    When it comes to bed bug treatments the most effective option will depend on the unique nature of the situation. 

    There are some home remedies for bed bugs, including specialist bed bug sprays, which can help with prevention and are useful for small-scale problems. Home treatments are generally less effective than professional solutions.

    To understand the best treatment we need to understand a little bit more about the nature of bed bugs. Bed bugs, which come from the ‘cimex’ genus of insects have the following characteristics:

    • High survivability: Bed bugs are born survivors. The insects can thrive in even the coldest conditions, including freezing weather. They can also survive fumigation with carbon dioxide, so they are very challenging pests to control. The survivability of bed bugs is evident in the way they can quickly come back if you carry out an ineffective treatment.
    • Low food requirements: Unlike other pests, such as rats or mice, bed bugs do not need a food source for a very long time. Bed bugs can live for up to 70 days without feeding, so they can remain dormant in fabrics and other areas where they live and lay their eggs. With an adequate food source, they are likely to spread a lot quicker as they can grow extremely fast.

    Bed bugs are parasitic and will maintain their populations with very little help, they congregate in high-density areas and will thrive in small flats. As a result, they often need specialist treatments to effectively get rid of them.

    The following are the most effective bed bug treatments:

    • Hot water treatments: When dealing with bed bugs heat treatments work very effectively, and using hot water prevents any possibility of bed bugs and dust. Using hot water washes will allow all bedding and other fabrics to be free of any small particles of dust and a hot dry cycle will kill all bed bugs.
    • Vacuuming treatments: Special filters and professional powerful vacuums are an excellent way to get bed bugs out of beds and mattresses. Beds can be tricky as they often have padded headboards, bed boxes and other areas where bed bugs can hide – taking apart and vacuuming is the most effective option in this case.
    • Mattress sealing: Overall, the most effective method of treatment is prevention. Mattress seals using specialist anti-allergenic covers will seal a mattress completely, which helps to reduce the chances of bed bugs as well as reducing any risks from other allergies and conditions such as asthma.

    These are the most effective bed bug treatments that are in use by professionals, which means they are suitable for a range of commercial and domestic settings. These solutions are scalable, meaning they can be useful in any area – from a single second-hand chair to the beds of an entire hotel.

    How Much Does Bed Bug Treatment Cost?

    The price you can expect to pay for a bed bug treatment will vary substantially. Large-scale commercial bed bug infestations can be difficult to price, but as a general rule the bigger the problem is the higher the overall costs will be. 

    However, water treatments can take time to complete and the mattress vacuuming process involves the use of special equipment. As a result, these types of treatments can be more expensive to complete – depending on the scale of the problem.

    Mattress sealing is quite economical but costs will exponentially increase if you have a large number of mattresses.

    What Are the Most Effective Home Treatments?

    If you would like to try home treatments, tea tree oil can be one of the most effective solutions to small scale problems. Other essential oils you can try include peppermint oil, cinnamon oil and clove oil. Further basic home treatments such as sprays may also help low-level problems before they get out of hand.

    A popular home remedy for mattresses is to use baking soda. The belief is that putting baking soda powder on the surface of a mattress will help absorb fluids and dry out the shell of the bed bugs – thereby killing them. While it might help, and it may be harmless to try, there is no scientific evidence that baking soda kills bed bugs.

    Can I Prevent Bed Bugs?

    Bed bugs can be present on any piece of fabric, so it might not be possible to prevent them in all cases. 

    Any piece of luggage, a cloth slipper, hat or other fabric is susceptible to bed bugs as it provides ideal conditions for them to feed and lay eggs – as a result, prevention is best achieved by practising constant vigilance.

    To prevent bed bugs you can introduce the following strategies, most of these are good practices for general hygiene and can help prevent other pest problems too:

    • Frequently washing bedding, clothes and other fabrics.
    • Washing bedding at very high temperatures.
    • Frequently vacuuming floors, especially carpets.
    • Reducing or removing carpets in a house, bed bugs hate tiles and wooden floors.
    • Avoiding second-hand furniture or thoroughly checking and cleaning any second-hand items.

    Sometimes you will bring bed bugs home with you. This is a horrible thought, but a bed bug can easily crawl onto your suitcase or clothing. You can help reduce the chances of this by doing the following:

    • Check hotel rooms and mattresses before you use them.
    • Hanging up clothes and avoiding dropping clothing on the floor, in a hotel you can leave all your clothes in your suitcase.
    • Putting suitcases on a raised platform, such as a shelf or suitcase stand.

    You cannot avoid all contact with bed bugs as they are so common, but you can prevent them from spreading and becoming an issue. If you often experience skin reactions from bed bug bites these preventative measures will help a lot.

    The Best Bed Bug Treatments Explained

    If you have a significant problem then a professional solution is the only option. Professional solutions involve the use of heat treatments, vacuum treatments and mattress sealing, which will be the most effective options for most cases. The costs of treatments depend on the scale and nature of the infestation.

    Home treatments can help, but basic sprays and powders do not work as well for larger bed bug problems. We are happy to explain the most effective treatments for bed bugs, which we use in our role as pest controllers in the Midlands region of the UK. For a professional bed bug treatment service in this area please get in touch.

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      Professional Tips on How to Check for Bed Bugs

      Whether you have just moved into a new apartment or are regularly travelling in hotel rooms, you will definitely want to check for bed bugs. If you have bed bugs in your mattress or furniture you may get bitten, which can cause irritating bites. Bed bug bites can also cause further health issues, such as allergic reactions and secondary infections.

      Common signs of bed bugs include the following:

      • Bed bug bites, particularly on exposed skin – such as the face, neck and arms.
      • Blood on bedding or furniture, small spots from bites or accidentally squashing a bed bug may be visible in some cases.
      • Brown spots, usually on furniture or the surface of a mattress – this is bed bug faeces.

      We can offer you some helpful tips on how to check for bed bugs, thanks to our experience in pest control. These tips will help you to spot the signs of bed bugs in a hotel room, a new apartment or when you buy used furniture. 

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      How to Check for Bed Bugs

      Whether you are checking into a hotel room or think that something is not quite right at home, there are many simple things you can do to thoroughly check for bed bugs. You might not even realise that you have bed bugs, as many hiding spots can be difficult to find.

      When you are inspecting the room or piece of furniture you can make use of the following tips to determine whether you have a bed bug problem:

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      • Look up close: Sometimes upholstered furniture and mattresses do not look like they have an issue, especially when there is a dark colour to the furniture for bed bugs to find camouflage. You should examine the area you are checking up close and in bright light, you can also use a magnifying glass.
      • Examine all areas: While bed bugs might be easy to spot on a plain white sheet they can thrive in areas you might not expect. Luggage racks and bed frames are common places for bed bugs to live, so make sure you check all areas where there is any kind of fabric present. 
      • Analyze furniture: You might not spot bed bugs on a sofa or chair at first glance. You can check for bed bugs more thoroughly by removing cushions from any furniture or flipping pillows on a mattress. Try and dissect the components of furniture, as bed bugs can thrive in little nooks and crannies.

      If you are travelling regularly and using hotel rooms you might return home with bed bug bites, and the bed bugs can get into your clothes, suitcases or other areas. Buying second-hand furniture means that you can inadvertently introduce bed bugs at home. As a result, it is very important to check for bed bugs.

      What to Do About Bed Bugs

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      Finding bed bugs is an alarming and distressing situation, as it is a very real threat to your health and wellbeing. If you check rooms or furniture and find any signs of bed bugs you need to take immediate action.

      The following are some tips to use in common situations:

      • In a hotel room: Call downstairs to the concierge or lobby and explain that you have detected bed bugs, they will have a duty to help you change rooms. If you are staying in a short term house let, contact the owner immediately.
      • At home: If you have recently moved into a new apartment you can call the landlord, they will have to provide some assistance to kill bed bugs. When you buy a property, make sure to inspect it thoroughly before purchasing.
      • On furniture: The best and most reliable thing to do if you find bed bugs on furniture is to get rid of it. When buying second-hand furniture make sure to thoroughly assess it before you buy it, in most cases it is not worth saving.

      You should take bed bugs seriously, as they are a huge problem, so a high level of vigilance is necessary. You can use home remedies, such as cleaning bedding, using bed bug spray and heat treatments – but on some occasions, you will need a professional solution.

      Expert Advice on How to Check for Bed Bugs

      There you have some reliable tips for successfully detecting bed bugs in various situations. You can make yourself safe from bed bug bites by incorporating these tips into your habits when you check into a hotel room or move into a new apartment.

      Whether you are at home or travelling it is essential to check bed frames, mattresses, or used furniture for bed bugs. These tips will help you to detect bed bugs. For a professional solution in the Midlands of the UK, you can use our services. Feel free to get in touch.

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