Bed Bug Treatment Edinburgh

adult bed bug near the seam of a mattress

Barricade Pest Control can help you get rid of bed bugs. Call us today

Bed bugs, as their name suggests, are usually found in bedrooms. These small, flat brown insects tend to hide in mattress seams, and crevices around the bed. They are often found near the headboard.

Signs that you might have bed bugs:

  • Itchy red bites upon waking, 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.
  • Tiny eggshells or shed skins concealed in mattress seams etc

If you’ve noticed any of these symptoms, read our guide on how to get rid of bed bugs. Better still – give us a call for free advice. 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

Bed bug bites around left wrist

Photo of bed bug bites by Oliver Arend [License], via Wikimedia

What to do if you’ve been bitten

If you have been bitten by bed bugs, it is likely that the first thing you will notice is red itchy bite marks.

These are usually on skin that is exposed while you are asleep, like hands, face, neck and arms. They often appear in clusters or in a line.

The bites usually clear up on their own within a week. However, some people have an allergic reaction to bed bug bites (including anaphylaxis) so if in doubt, call your doctor or NHS 111 by dialling 111.

The NHS suggest asking your pharmacist about applying a mild steroid cream, or using antihistamines to treat bites that are causing a reaction. You can check the NHS website for information on how to treat bed bug bites.

Where do bed bugs come from?

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 infestation. The insects 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 these insects enter your property they will certainly cause issues. Females can lay 3-5 eggs per day. The eggs take 18 days to hatch. Then follows a 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 bugs and any eggs that might be lurking in hidden parts of your bed, mattress, and even sofas, bedside cabinets and wardrobes.


Call us today for Pest Control Edinburgh – 0131 659 9752


Professional 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.