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Bedbugs are one of the true  ‘bugs’; that is, they are insects belonging to Order Hemipterans. Although they do not seem to be involved with any serious disease transmission, the bites of the bedbugs can prove very irritating.

They are nocturnal bloodsuckers at all stages of their development, so a substantial infestation can lead to much biting and annoyance. The activity of bedbugs in premises is usually detected by the irritation caused to sleepers, although blood spots on the sheets may be the first indications.

In infested premises, evidence of activity can include:

  • Sweet scent – An unpleasant, sweet, sickly scent.
  • Dark/black stains – on the mattress and surrounding area from bed bug excreta.
  • Small dark spots – Small dark blood spots on bedding known as ‘faecal pellets’.
  • Live insects – despite being small, it’s possible to spot live bed bugs and shed skins.
  • Blood spots – on the sheets or mattress.

Bedbug Control

Where normally hygienic premises have become infested by the importation of bugs in second-hand furniture from travellers or by some other means, it is likely that a thorough treatment of the premises with careful attention to cracks and crevices will give total eradication; which will last to any future infestation.

An essential first step to Bedbug control is to determine the extent of the infestation by careful inspection. All possible hiding places should be inspected; including furniture, wall linings, skirtings, architraves, curtain rods, light fittings, picture frames, shelves, bedding etc.

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An application of insecticides, specifically targeting bedbugs is usually necessary. Broadly, the methods of application involved may be surface spraying, cracks and crevices treatment, and where appropriate, dusting.

A full eradication requires a number of treatments to ensure that the infestation is treated properly. It is essential that a clean-up prior to our treatments is performed for the service to be effective.


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Bedbug Prevention

Where a well-established bedbug infestation is troublesome, it is likely that improvement in standards of hygiene will be a necessary backup to any chemical treatment.

Bedbugs disperse largely by being carried by humans in furniture, luggage, and clothing.

One particularly important prevention method is maintaining a high level of cleanliness and hygiene.

In your Home

  • Leave your luggage in your garage or in the bathroom. Bed bugs don’t like the tiles or concrete and if they are present you will see then easier than on carpet!
  • If you’re REALLY worried, take your clothes off in the garage or bathroom and put them straight into the washing machine.
  • Wash and dry clothes at the highest possible temperatures.
  • Treatment by a professional pest controller is always the best solution to treat bedbugs, however, as a precaution and if possible you can put your suitcase in the sun, and away from the house for a couple of days to help eradicate any bed bugs.
  • Vacuuming can greatly reduce the size of the bed bug population, but only when they’re clearly visible. It cannot guarantee total elimination. (Empty and clean the vacuum to avoid transferring eggs to other rooms.)

In your Hotel

  • Train your staff on how to identify common signs of bedbugs.
  • Ensure thorough checking for bed bugs is written into your room cleaning processes.
  • Have a procedure in place for handling bed bug complaints.
  • Inspect adjacent rooms to identify if the bed bugs have spread.

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