Bed bugs, technical name Cimex Lectularis, are found in Britain and are commonly found in spaces associated with humans. They have flat oval-shaped bodies, and are red brown in colour. They are commonly found in furniture or structural cracks, as well as on or near beds. They feed on human blood and, quite unbelievably, can eat up to seven times their own body weight in any 10-minute meal! Once they have eaten, their body changes to a dark mahogany colour.
Their bites can cause an allergic reaction, but bed bugs are not known to carry any diseases.
Bed bugs can infest other rooms; they are not just restricted to beds. They can usually be found in strange places, such as behind photo frames or shelving. They can quickly infest rooms and travel a considerable distance, considering their bodies are generally only 6mm long.
Bed bugs can reproduce rapidly. In a 20-day period, the female bed bug can lay up to 200 eggs. These eggs will only hatch if the temperature is above 13 degrees Celsius.
How do I know if I have bed bugs?
If you are worried you may have bed bugs, there are some tell-tale signs. These include finding spots or smears of faeces. You will find these to indicate that they are close or are sheltering nearby. The faeces are excreted because it is their excess water – they remove this before going into hiding until the next feed. Bed bugs are known however to survive for a year without a feed.
Getting rid of bed bugs
If you believe you have bed bugs, book an appointment today to learn how Habi Clear can remove these pests from your property.
Before we can carry out the removal, the infected areas must be prepared properly. This involves clearing out the affected rooms, hoovering, dismantling furniture and removing the bedsheets. A treatment solution is then sprayed on the affected areas. The solution has a lasting effect so the bed bugs will be killed up to three weeks after the treatment.
The treated surfaces cannot be touched until they are completely dry, which is usually 1-2 hours; please note that the drying time is longer for soft furnishings and mattresses. Pets and young children should be kept away during the process and until the treated areas are dry.
Complete eradication is guaranteed if we identify and treat all of the places that were housing bed bugs. The nature of bed bugs, however, does mean that not all of their sheltering places can be found first time. The bed bugs’ activity will continue until all of the bed bugs have come into contact with the treated areas.