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Signs of a Bed Bug Infestation

Is your property home to an army of Bed Bugs? They can be hard to spot and even harder to properly get rid of.

The common bedbug (Cimex lectularius) is the best adapted to human environments. It is now found throughout the world and lives off the blood of humans. Adult bedbugs are a reddish-brown, flattened, oval, and wingless. A common misconception is that they are not visible to the naked eye. Adults grow to 4-5 mm in length and do not move quickly enough to escape your notice. Newly hatched nymphs are translucent, lighter in color and continue to become browner and moult as they reach maturity. Bedbugs are generally active only at dawn, with a peak feeding period about an hour before sunrise. Attracted by warmth and the presence of carbon dioxide, the bug pierces the skin of its host with two hollow tubes.

Low infestations may be difficult to detect, and it is not unusual for the victim not to even realize they have bedbugs early on. Patterns of bites in a row or a cluster are typical as they may be disturbed while feeding. Bites may be found in a variety of places on the body.

In most observed cases a small, hard, swollen, white welt may develop at the site of each bedbug bite. This is often surrounded by a slightly raised red bump and is usually accompanied by severe itching that lasts for several hours to days. Later, however, the welts subside but tend not to disappear like those from mosquitos, and persist for up to several weeks. This usually depends on the person’s skin type, environment and the species of bug.

  • Dark black stains
  • Small dark spots
  • Live insects – despite being only 4 -5 mm long, it is possible to spot bed bugs and their shed skin.
  • Sweet scent – Can you smell a sweet / sickly scent?

Seen these signs? Contact your local Prokill expert online or call 0800 328 9354.

Bed Bugs (Cimex Lectularius)

A technique for catching bedbugs in the act is to have a light source quickly accessible from your bed and to turn it on at about an hour before dawn, which is usually the time when bedbugs are most active. A flashlight/torch is recommended instead of room lights, as the act of getting out of bed will cause any bedbugs present to scatter before you can catch them. If you awaken during the night, leave your lights off but use your flashlight/torch to inspect your mattress. Bedbugs are fairly fast in their movements, about equal to the speed of ants. They may be slowed down if engorged.

The only effective programme of control for these insects is a thorough one. Bed bugs can and will infest adjoining bedrooms and floors below and above as the infestation grows or if a host is not available in the immediate vicinity. In ensure control is obtained a thorough survey is recommended by a competent pest control company and a Integrated pest management programme put in place. An initial intensive treatment is required followed by at least four follow up treatments to ensure that the infestation is eradicated, anything less may fail to bring this pest under control. The only professional way that a bed bug infestation can be assessed and costed is through a thorough site survey.

Get Rid of Bed Bugs

If your struggling with a persistent Bed Bug infestation at your home or business, contact Prokill for a professional solution.

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Keep your home free of Bed Bugs and irritating bites with our professional treatment. Contact the experts in local residential pest control in your area and book your FREE Pest Control Audit.

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How can you prevent Bed Bugs making themselves at home on your property?

Helpful Tips

  • Wash and dry clothes and bedding at the highest temperate possible
  • Eliminate clutter as it helps to hide Bed Bugs
  • Tidy all areas of the bedroom, especially the floor and underneath the bed.
  • Vacuuming regularly can help reduce the size of the infestation you are facing (if they are clearly visible).

Your local Prokill Professional will provide you with advice like this and more in your FREE Prokill Pest Audit, as well as creating a comprehensive control plan that is specific to your problem and environment. Contact us to book yours today!