Bed bug control in Reading, Bracknell, Wokingham and Maidenhead Getting bitten at night by bed bugs in your mattress? We can help
Bed bug control in Wokingham and Reading
What are bed bugs and where do they come from?
Its thought by some entomologists that bed bugs were originally bat bugs; when our early ancestors shared caves with these bugs they adapted by shedding their body hair to feed on us and live in our bedding material. The earliest recorded evidence of bed bug presense comes from an Egyptian site and dates back to 1300BC where the hot dry climate dried remains of bed bugs which have been found in what is thought to be sleeping chambers.
Bed bugs are nocturnal insects that feed on fresh circulating human blood and they share our bedrooms throughout Reading, Bracknell, Maidenhead, Slough and Berkshire.
Female bed bugs store male sperm for weeks, meaning that a lone adult female can lay around five egg's each week and upto several hundred in her lifetime.
Bed bugs often get transported from overseas in luggage and within the folds of clothing, they can also get picked up from upholstery on public transport.
Evidence of bed bug infestation goes back as far as the Egyptians' and the rule of Tutankhamun.
Bed bugs were first noticed in England in the 14th Century having arrived from Europe; the name "bug" may have origined from the celtic word for bogey.
Capable of surviving for up to 12 months without feeding and prefer human blood.
An infestation of bed bugs may mean that a building is classified as being verminous under the Public Health Act 1936.
Bed bugs have been a problem for decades hence the saying "Night, night hope the bed bugs don't bite" - they do not indicate poor hygiene as they can travel through small voids from compartment to compartment in hotels and blocks of flats.
As a rule, if you can slide a piece of paper into a crack; then a bed bug can access this harbourage.
The first signs of a bed bug infestation are peppery like flecks left on the sheets or mattress which is bed bug scat - your dried blood.
Often the bites will be on the upper arms and shoulders and maybe in a row; the juncture where the skin meets the sheets. Bed bugs will line up and feed 'like pigs in a trough'.
Bed bug bites cause severe irritation which results in loss of sleep, a lack of energy and general listlessness.
Look for blood spots along mattress seams and under mattress buttons, look in gaps like around the headboard for adults and more blood spots, which give off a lingering distinctive almond-like smell.
Pre-treatment for bed bugs before professional control.
I have a bed bug problem, what do I need to do before the technician comes to treat the property?
Bed bugs are difficult to treat and some preparation must be done prior to the technicians arrival for any professional treatment to work correctly.
Bedding and curtains must be removed and hot washed at 60*C for 30 minutes.
Thoroughly vacuum the affected areas and dispose of the dust bag outside the building as bedbug nymphs and eggs will be present and wash any bagless dust containers with hot water and disinfectant.
Empty drawers and cupboards and re-introduce only when those items have been washed at 60*C or tumble dried for at least 30 minutes.
Items can be placed in bags and put into the freezer to achieve the same effect as the hot wash to a temperature of -17*C for at least two hours.
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Guaranteed treatments from All Aspects Pest Control
All Aspects Pest Control Reading provides a free telephone consultation if you think you have a bed bug infestation and we will advise you on the best course of treatment. We use innovative treatments to insure all bed bugs infestations are dealt with, giving you peace of mind and a sound nights sleep. All our technicians are trained and certified to provide the best quality pest control solution for you.
What does the heat treatment entail and is it better than a chemical treatment?
We offer a heat treatment for bed bugs in Reading, Wokingham, Bracknell and Maidenhead where we bring portable warm air heaters into your home and raise the internal temperature to 60*C. This temperature is fatal to all insects including cockroaches. We can avoid the use of chemicals and as long as you follow our guidelines regarding what property is removed, no damage will occur and the heat treatment is guaranteed to achieve success.