Bed bugs Edinburgh
Barricade Pest Control Edinburgh are here to help if you have bed bugs. For bed bug treatment call us today
Bed bugs, as their name suggests, are usually found in bedrooms. These small, flat brown insects tend to seek shelter in mattress seams, and crevices around the bed – particularly near the headboard.
Signs of bed bugs include:
- Itchy red bites, often many bites in a tight line
- Blood stains on your sheets
- Your mattress might have dark staining from their faeces
- An unpleasant, sweet sickly smell might indicate an established bedbug infestation.
If you’ve noticed any of these symptoms, give us a call for free advice. However, if you wake up with an itch, or have been bitten in bed it’s not always bed bugs to blame – we can put your mind at rest!
If in doubt call Barricade Pest Control on 0131 659 9752 to get rid of bed bugs
Bed bugs can’t fly, they can only crawl. However they often hitch a ride from one bed to another inside bags, rucksacks and suitcases. This is one of the reasons that hotels, B&Bs and guest houses can be at risk from bed bugs. They are often assisted in their travel between two rooms or premises by the movement of people. If you have recently been on holiday and slept in an infected bed there is a risk that you my have brought bedbugs back with you.
Edinburgh has a huge number of hotels, guest houses and hostels. Barricade pest control regularly help businesses eradicate bed bugs in Edinburgh, quickly and efficiently. We even offer competitively priced pest control contracts for our commercial clients. These start from only £20 per month. Contact us to find out more.
An infestation is not necessarily caused by poor hygiene, but if you bed bugs enter your property they will certainly cause issues. Female bed bugs can lay 3-5 eggs per day, which then take 18 days to hatch, followed by 6 weeks maturation period where they grow into adult insects.
Bed bugs (or Cimicidae) are parasitic and feed on human blood. They are attracted to us by the heat and carbon dioxide that we give off. Once we are asleep a bed bug will feed for up to 10 minutes, usually taking 1-3 bites which tend to be in a straight line. Bedbugs usually feed every 7-10 days, however if there is no food they can go into a dormant state and survive for up to 18 months with no food.
This is why it is essential to completely eradicate all the bed bugs and any eggs that might be lurking in hidden parts of your bed, mattress, and even sofas, bedside cabinets and wardrobes.
How to get rid of bed bugs
It is possible to to get rid of bed bugs by yourself. Cleaning bedding, linens, curtains, and clothing in very hot water can help. It is also advisable to vacuum your mattress after scrubbing the seams with a stiff brush.
However, as explained above, if you miss any bed bugs or eggs during your cleaning the problem might reoccur. In addition to this, cleaning can disturb ‘safe areas’ where the bed bugs have been living. This might encourage them to spread throughout your home or business.
Professional bed bug eradication
Our expert pest control team offer a full bedbug inspection service. This includes inspection of furniture etc & bedbug monitor boards (these are unobtrusive glue boards which can be left to trap bed bugs when they venture towards your bed). If we find that you do have a bed bug infestation, we provide insecticide treatment to quickly kill off all adults and eggs.
We cover all areas of Edinburgh and the Lothians, including the city centre, New Town, Newington, Minto Street, Holyrood, Cowgate, Broughton, Tollcross, West End, Haymarket, Gorgie, Dalry, Viewforth, Leith, Newhaven etc.