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Bed bugs are a public health pest that feeds on humans and other animals. They are about 5 mm long, oval shaped, flat and reddish brown. Adult bed bugs have flat bodies and can live up to a year without feeding.

Bed bugs usually bite people at night while they sleep. Their bites can sometimes cause skin reactions such as itching and rashes. They feed for about five minutes and then return to their hiding place. They usually come out at night when the room is dark, but they can also move around in daylight.

They are prolific breeders and a single female can lay up to 500 eggs in her lifetime. Eggs hatch in about 10 days and the newly hatched nymphs require a blood meal before they can mould into another stage.

Bed bug infestations can be difficult to get rid of. They can hide in many places including mattresses, bed frames, carpets, cracks in walls, and behind electrical outlets.

Bed bugs are a huge problem for travelers. Once they attach themselves to your item of clothing or luggage, you may find that the infestation has quickly spread throughout your whole house!

Cimex lectularius is the most common species of bed bug in the U.K, and they’re part of an entire family with bat bugs!

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    Bed Bug Facts

    • Bed bugs are nocturnal parasites, feeding on mammal blood, mainly human but also dogs, cats and rodents.
    • Tye hide during the day in crevices in beds, furniture, wallpaper, skirting boards etc
    • Female bed bug lay 200 and more eggs in their lifetime at the rate 4-5 a day.
    • The typical lifespan of a bedbug is about 2-3 months but it could take over a year depending on favorable conditions.
    • Eggs are glued in crevices and harbourages can be attached to furniture, fittings or  mattress seams, box springs etc
    • Bed bug eggs only hatch above 13 C
    • After hatching nymphs moulds 5 times before becoming adult it can take from a few weeks to several months depending on food supply and conditions.
    • Adult bed bug is wingless, flattened unless recently fed, about 6 mm long.
    • They can survive for months without feeding on blood.
    • Bites may cause severe allergic reaction but they are not known to carry any diseases
    • To eradicate bed bug infestation throughout residual treatment is necessary


    Bedbugs can be a complex issue to solve

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    Pests require different solutions to control and eliminate them, depending on the species, location & size of infestation.

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    Bon Accord Bed Bug Treatments

    We have all seen the signs of bed bug infestations, but if you want to get rid of them for good our experienced team can help. We’ll analyse your situation and offer advice on how best to proceed based on what treatments are most suitable with each type suffered in order to make sure they don’t come back!

    Bed bugs are difficult to get rid of with DIY pest control methods because they can live for a year without eating. One female bed bug adult lays 4-5 eggs per day, and over 200 in their lifetime meaning it’s really important to find every last one that might be lurking around your house or business!

    We use a three step process when treating bed bugs

    1. Identification – we need to identify the species of bed bug in order to determine the most effective treatment.
    2. Eradication – we will use the most effective treatment for your specific type of bed bug and also apply it to all affected areas.
    3. Prevention – we will apply a residual treatment to your home which not only kills the adult bed bugs but repels any new ones.

    We have all seen the signs of bed bug infestations, but if you want to get rid of them for good our experienced team can help. We’ll analyse your situation and offer advice on how best to proceed based on what treatments are most suitable with each type suffered in order to make sure they don’t come back!

    Bon Accord offers a selection of professional treatments for bed bug control, with insecticide chemical treatments using residual spray and chemical-free heat treatments which are specifically designed to effectively eliminate these pests.

    Our professional bed bug services are suitable for an infested room in a residential property as well as commercial premises, such as hotel rooms, cinemas and offices. Our chemical-free heat treatment is also suitable for transportation vehicles and aircrafts.


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    Bed Bug Control FAQs

    • Bed frames and headboard crevices
    • Mattress, mattress seams, box spring encasement
    • Carpets, underlay and rugs
    • Between floorboards
    • In cracked or broken plaster, behind peeling wallpaper
    • Drawers and cupboards and wardrobes
    • Skirting boards and baseboards
    • Bedside cabinets and other bedroom furniture

    The harm of bed bugs is from the pain and irritation of being bitten, which can sometimes lead to secondary skin infection. Bedbugs move around easily and if not treated in a quick and professional manner, can reach an epidemic level. Specialist solutions only available to professional pest control companies offer the most reliable way to get rid of bed bugs.

    A bed bug will hide in any number of places, depending on the environment. In a clean home, they may hide in the seams of mattresses and box springs, behind headboards and baseboards, in electrical outlets and switch plates, or in picture frames. In a dirty home, they may also hide in clothing, inside shoes,in spaces under baseboards, behind loose wallpaper, or in any clutter. In a clean home with severe bed bug infestation they may even crawl inside electronic devices such as radios and alarm clocks.

    If you suspect that bed bugs have been introduced into your home, the most important thing is not to disturb anything. In particular, do not bring new items into your house until you have inspected them carefully for bed bugs and washed or discarded any clothing or fabric that could be infested. Bed bugs can live in tiny cracksand crevices, so a thorough inspection of your home is necessary. If you do find bed bugs, there are a number of steps you can take to eliminate them, but professional help may be necessary.

    The best bed bug treatment will vary depending on the severity of the infestation, but may include a combination of heat treatment, chemical treatment, and vacuuming. Heat treatment kills bed bugs by raising the temperature of the environment to a level that is lethal to them. Chemical treatment uses pesticides to kill bed bugs. Vacuuming is effective at removing eggs and bed bugs that are visible to the naked eye

    Are mattress bed bugs dangerous?

    Mattress bed bugs are not considered dangerous, but they can cause a lot of discomfort. They can bite you and leave behind itchy red marks on your skin. If you have a lot of bed bugs in your home, they can also make it difficult to sleep.What are mattress bed bugs?

    Bed bugs are a type of bug that lives in mattresses and other places where people sleep. They are small and oval-shaped, and they can be red, brown, or black. They feed on blood, and they  leave itchy red marks on your skin.

    Bed bug infested mattress

    A bed bug infested mattress is a common site in many homes. Bed bugs are small, parasitic insects that feed on the blood of people and animals while they sleep.

    If you have a bed bug infested mattress, there are some things you can do.

    The first step is to identify if you have bed bugs. Bed bugs are small, brownish-red insects that feed on human blood. They are often found in the seams of mattresses, box springs, and headboards

    If you suspect you have bed bugs, there are some things you can do to confirm your suspicions.

    You can purchase a bed bug detector kit online or from a hardware store. The kit will include a flashlight and magnifying lens. Use the flashlight and lens to look for bed bugs in the seams of your mattress, box spring, and headboard

    If you find bed bugs, the next step is to get rid of them. There are several steps you can take to get rid of bed bugs.

    Purchase or borrow a steamer, and use it on your mattress, box spring, and headboard

    Use protective covers on your mattress and box spring. This will prevent the bed bugs from getting into them in the future

    Wash all of your bedding in hot water and dry it on the highest setting

    Vacuum your entire bedroom, paying close attention to the seams of your mattress and box spring

    If you have a severe bed bug infestation, you may need to call a professional exterminator.

    What is the most common way to get bed bugs?

    The most common way to get bed bugs is by bringing them into your home from an infested area. This can be done through clothing, luggage, furniture, or bedding. Bed bugs can also travel on people’s bodies.

    What are the signs of a bed bug infestation?

    The most common sign of a bedbug infestation is red, itchy bites on the skin. Other signs include small black spots (bed bug faecal matter), brown spots (bed bug bloodstains) or rusty-colored blood smears on sheets or mattresses caused by crushing bed bugs after they have fed.

    Do bed bugs spread disease?

    Bed bugs are not known to carry or spread disease.

    How to check if there are bed bugs

    The best way to check for bed bugs is to look for their eggs and faecal matter. Eggs are tiny, white and hard to see with the naked eye. They will be found in clusters near the mattress, box spring or frame. Faecal matter looks like black specks and is usually near where the eggs are clustered. Youwill usually find these in clusters as well. The faecal matter will also be found near where the bugs travel and rest. The closer to a headboard or footboard, the more likely they are there.

    A bed bug infestation is very obvious once you know what to look for. They can be difficult to detect because of their small size. The female bugs are about 1/5 of an inch. They will hide in cracks and crevices near their hosts, which can be anything from a mattress to a desk drawer. They also travel long distances once they find a host, so if you think you have bed bugs it is best to contact a professional as soon as possible for treatment.

    What are Red bed bugs?

    The term “bed bug” is often used interchangeably with the scientific name Cimex lectularius. Bed bugs (red if feed) are small, parasitic insects that feed on the blood of warm-blooded animals. While bed bugs can live in any environment, they are most commonly found in areas where people sleep, such as homes, hotels, public transport and shelters.

    Bed bug infestations usually occur around or near the areas where people sleep. These areas include apartments, buses, couches and even your car’s backseat. They can travel from place to place without a person’s notice and they get into some unsuspected places in the house as well .

    Bites from red bed bugs usually occur on the torso and upper extremities, but can also be found on the face, neck and legs. Bed bug bites are not dangerous, but they can be itchy and annoying. In some cases, people may experience an allergic reaction to bed bug bites, which can lead to skin irritation and swelling.

    Does a bed bug shed skin ?

    Yes, bed bugs do shed their skin. In fact, they go through five moulting stages as they grow. You may find discarded bed bug skins around your home, particularly in areas where the bugs have been hiding or breeding.

    Since bed bugs are constantly growing and moulting, it’s important to get rid of any skins you find. They can help indicate whether you’re dealing with bed bugs, since skin shedding often occurs when the insects are overcrowded or stressed.

    If you find old skin in your home, don’t wait to have it evaluated by a pest control professional. Depending on how long ago they moulted, some of these skins may still be alive and capable of reproducing.

    Why do bed bugs bite 3 times?

    There are several reasons why bed bugs may bite someone multiple times. For one, bed bugs may be thirsty after a blood meal and may want to take another bite to get more blood. Additionally, bed bugs may need to take more bites to ensure that they have fed on all the available blood. Lastly, some people may have an odour or some other trigger that makes bed bugs more likely to bite.

    Bed mites bites?

    The presence of bed mites, also called cimex lectularius, are not to be underestimated. These tiny insects are known to cause severe itching and skin rash among other things.This is why you should know what bed mites bites are to be able to be aware of their harmful effects. But before we proceed, let us first look at who the culprits are and where they usually live.

    Bed Mites Who are known as bed bugs or scientifically cimex lectularius, these tiny red insects feed on the blood of humans and also animals. They are usually found in areas where people sleep, such as mattresses, bed frames and headboards.

    What kills bed bugs and their eggs?

    An odourless, colourless pesticide called Diatomaceous Earth has been around for a long time, but did you know that it is also a bug killer?

    It’s naturally occurring microscopic skeletal remains of a type of algae. It easily rubs into the skin and kills embedded bugs by dehydrating them from the inside out. Kills earthworms in your garden too.

    It’s non-toxic to pets and humans, but is deadly for all bugs with an exoskeleton, so it works well on bed bugs, silverfish, ants, cockroaches etc. There are even reports of people causing the demise of centipedes when they ate this stuff!

    If you have a severe bed bug infestation, you should call a professional pest control company.

    What does bed bug poop look like?

    Bed bug poop is one of the things that attract bed bugs. The faeces appear as brown spots on various surfaces, usually 1-2 mm long and look like small (dirt) grains. These droppings are generally found in groups or places where bed bugs spend their time such as seams of mattresses, box springs, headboards, behind baseboards, bed frames, etc.

    How to identify bed bug droppings?

    Bedbug faeces ( bed bug poop)are one of the easiest signs to spot by a pest control professional. The elimination process should start with discovering where the bugs are hiding and ending up with identifying their droppings in order to kill them completely. After removing the infested items and before sealing your home we will try to spot the bugs and their droppings. We also use some tools’ ‘ like UV, traps or sniffers in order to locate them.

    What kills bed bugs?

    There are many ways to kill bed bugs, but they may take more time or effort. Some of these methods include using a steam cleaner, insecticides, or heaters.

    A steam cleaner is a great way to kill bed bugs because of the heat. The heat can be 100 degrees or more. This heat will kill the bed bugs and their eggs. For this method, it is possible to have an infestation with no live bedbugs present, but they are hiding in cracks and crevices. Steam cleaner won’t be effective unless you also clean the surfaces and remove the bed bugs.

    Heat is another way to kill bed bugs. Putting infested items into a hot dryer for 30 minutes at 120 degrees Fahrenheit will kill them on contact and is very effective, but it can take longer than other methods. When using heat, make sure that all possible hiding places are heated, including inside the mattress, box spring, and furniture.

    Insecticides are chemical pesticides. They can be in the form of a powder, liquid, or aerosol. The most common insecticides used to kill bed bugs are pyrethroids. These chemicals work by attacking the nervous system of the bed bug. Whenused properly, they are effective in killing bed bugs.

    What is bed bug eggs hatching period?

    The eggs of bed bugs take about five days to hatch.

    The new nymphs, or crawlers as they are sometimes called, can spend up to two weeks living hidden away in crevices and cracks before finally emerging as adults – ready for something that will start feeding on blood!

    The whole bed bug life cycle, from egg to adult, can take around two and a half months.

    So, now you know how long it takes for bed bug eggs to hatch – keep an eye out for these nasty critters and make sure you get rid of them before they have the opportunity to breed!

    What is the best bed bug bites treatment?

    There is no one-size-fits-all answer to this question, as the best treatment for bed bug bites may vary depending on the severity of the bites. However, there are a few treatments that are commonly recommended for bed bug bites.

    One treatment option is to apply a topical cream or ointment to the bites.This treatment is especially effective for people who notice swelling or intense redness around the bites.

    Another option for treating bed bug bites is to take antihistamines, which will reduce itchiness and discomfort. It can also help with itching if applied topically to the skin where the bites are present. Topical creams containing cortisone may also be helpful in reducing inflammation and itching.

    How to get rid of bed bugs on bed?

    These tiny blood-sucking insects that we call bed bugs can be quite a pest in our homes and cause us sleepless nights. Whether they are crawling around the floor or on our duvets, waking up with itching bites is not pleasant. These reddish brown insects live off of your blood for 5 to 10 minutes at a time and can leave you with itchy, red welts on your skin. If you are looking for ways to get rid of bed bugs on your bed and in your home.

    The best way to prevent an infestation of bed bugs is by being proactive. Check the seams and tags of your mattresses and box springs for any signs of bed bugs. If you do find an infestation, just call a pest controller.

    What is a bed bug treatment cost ?

    On top of the feeling and discomfort bed bugs might bring to their victims, it is also not very pleasant having to pay a hefty bill for professional treatment. These mini monsters come at a high price! With an average cost per treatment ranging between £325 and £500 we can expect to spend more than £1000 in order to get rid of them.

    Unfortunately, the cost of treatment is not included in the price tag of the bedding and mattress. Here, we provide an overview of some possible treatments and steps you can take to avoid such costly procedures.

    Treatments options

    The easiest way to get rid of bed bugs is by using a professional exterminator (read why hiring professionals is important). The choice of treatments varies depending on the number of infestations, their location and any other specific requirements.

    Some techniques are more suitable than others in order to get rid of bed bugs , each one with its own cost. For example, fumigation is an effective method but it’s certainly not the cheapest one.On the other hand, steaming is a much cheaper option in comparison to chemical treatments. But it’s certainly not as efficient and can take more time. This might be crucial if the infestation affects the whole house or apartment since bed bugs multiply extremely fast .

    Bed bug exterminator near me

    Want to know what it feels like without the bed bugs? Get an exterminator near you!

    We can help you with bed bug problems, so don’t hesitate to call us for a free quote.

    Best companies that get rid of bed bugs in London UK

    London has a lot of pest control companies, but which ones are best at getting rid of bed bugs. This is our list of the top 3 best pest control companies to remove bed bugs in London today.

    1 Bon Accord Pest Control

    2 Bon Accord Pest Control Pimlico

    3 Rentokil

    How do you get bed bugs in the UK?

    We’re often asked: “How do I get bed bugs in the UK?” and we’ve answered this question several times throughout our blog. So we thought we’d bring all of these answers together into one place for easy reference, and put them alongside some new stuff too.

    So here goes…

    How do you get bed bugs in the UK? It’s not easy. They’re a nightmare to control once established, so prevention is absolutely key. The more people that have them getting into your home the harder they are to control, because they spread so fast! So what are the main ways of how you get bed bugs in the UK?

    1) Travelling

    Bed bugs are well-known for hitchhiking on our clothes and luggage, and can easily stow away in hotel rooms, planes, trains and buses. So if you’re travelling anywhere, always be vigilant about checking your bedding and furniture for any signs of an infestation when you return.

    2) Packing your stuff up after a holiday or business trip

    When we’re staying in hotels, hostels and rented properties we often unpack our luggage into the drawers and cupboards of our bedroom. Bed bugs can easily creep out of your clothing and onto the furniture in these situations, so it’s important not to put your dirty clothing into the drawers without checking first.

    3) Visiting friends and family

    Bed bugs are very easily introduced into social settings where people are living closely together, such as houses, hostels or student accommodation. So if you visit someone’s home, always be vigilant about checking their bedroom furniture before you unpack.

    4) Used furniture & electrical items

    Bed bugs are often found in used furniture and electrical items, so if you’re buying second-hand make sure you inspect it thoroughly for any signs of an infestation before bringing it into your home. Bed bug eggs can easily get stuck onto the inside surfaces of drawers or cupboards, so it’s important to pull everything out and check carefully.

    5) Pets

    Pets such as cats and dogs can easily bring bed bugs into your home if they’ve been in contact with them outdoors. So always be vigilant about checking your pet for any signs of an infestation before you let them inside.

    6) Insects & spiders

    Bed bugs are often mistaken for other types of household insects and spiders, so it’s important to know what to look for in order to distinguish them. If you’re not sure, get in touch with your local pest control company for advice.

    7) Failing to treat a previous infestation

    Ifyou’ve had a bed bug infestation in the past, it’s important to take steps to prevent them from coming back. This includes cleaning all of your furniture and household items thoroughly, and investing in a good quality bed bug prevention treatment.

    If you’re ever in doubt about whether you have a bed bug infestation or not, always get in touch with a professional for advice. They’ll be able to carry out a thorough inspection and provide you with the best course of action for getting rid of them.

    We hope this article has been helpful in answering the question: “How do you get bed bugs in the UK?” If you have any further questions, don’t hesitate to get in touch.

    If you’re looking for a reliable pest control company who can get rid of bed bugs in the UK, we’d love to hear from you. Give us a call on 0800 211 8866 or fill out our contact form and we’ll get back to you as soon as possible.

    Happy hunting! 🙂

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