Bed Bugs – The signs of infestation and how to treat.

If you are suffering from a bedbug infestation, it is important to not feel ashamed, as 5-star hotels have had the same problem. It is key to treat them fast, as they are persistent and a real nuisance. Here I will explain how to identify and successfully treat bedbugs.

Adult bed bugs are oval, and are up to 5/6mm long, they can be either dark yellow, red or brown in colour. The eggs are extremely tiny and white in colour. Both the eggs and adult bed bugs can be quite hard to spot, as they like dark, small areas. Places to look include your headboard, bed slats, stitching on your mattress, under your bed and around skirting boards. You may also find tiny black spots on your mattress or bed sheets, which are their dried excrement. Another sign that you may be infested with bed bugs are bites. Bed bug bites are commonly found on areas most likely to be exposed during sleep – EG arms, legs, hands, face and neck. Bed bug bites are often grouped together in a small area. Bites normally look like small, flat or raised areas that may become inflamed, itchy, red or blistered. However, not everyone will react to bed bug bites in the same way.

There are always three stages to a successful bed bug treatment, using a smoke bomb or aerosol to fumigate the room and kill the population open to the airspace, using powders to work into carpets and under skirting boards where the eggs will be harboured and using residual sprays on surfaces to give you an on-going form of pest control to deal with any insect missed from fumigation or powder.

The Pest Expert Formula ‘P’ Powder contains a potent synthetic insecticide called permethrin, you will want to apply this powder to the carpet of the room, paying close attention to the area beneath the bed and along the edges of the carpet where it meets the skirting boards; You will also want to apply powder to the stitching lines on the mattress and on joins in the bed frame. Due to its fine grade make up the powder will penetrate into the fibres of the carpet, into the joins and into the stitching, the key egg harbourages.

The Pest Expert Formula ‘C’ Spray is a vital component to any comprehensive eradication strategy. Formula ‘C’ is a water-based solution which can be sprayed anywhere you are comfortable having a light water dusting, it is non staining, odourless and solvent free. After 45 minutes the spray dries to form a film of Cypermethrin which will last up-to 12 weeks, completely safe for people and pets, contact neurotoxin to Bed Bugs. The key areas to apply the spray are on the mattress, bed frame and carpet. Formula ‘C’ acts as an ongoing pest control process, helping avoid the risk of missed bed bugs re-establishing breeding and causing re-infestation.

The Pest Expert Formula ‘P’ Fumer is another important component to a successful treatment. As Bed Bugs can live in the smallest of cracks and crevices a fumigator will fill up the volume of the room with an insecticidal gas/aerosol, penetrating these harbourages and killing on contact. Fumigation helps to remove the bulk adult breeding population, giving you a clean slate to work from when applying the powder and spray.

In terms of monitoring a bed bug infestation, the AgriSense monitoring traps are a great tool in detecting bed bug infestations but can also be used to monitor activity following an insecticidal Bed Bug treatment.

Due to the nature of bed bugs being one of the most resilient insect pests, they are more difficult to completely eradicate with one round of treatment, it is likely that if the infestation is established you may have to treat more than once.

However, it may not be imperative to conduct the full treatment again using the three stages detailed above, first treatments can be followed up with a second application of the contact dust and spray after 2-3 weeks. Therefore, all of the Pest Expert Bed Bug Kits contain enough product for a re-treatment if necessary.

All of the products mentioned above can be found by visiting our website  If you would like more information on bed bugs, please give our friendly sales team a call on 0114 2582407 and we will be more than happy to assist in any way possible.


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