Pest control service

Advice on bed bugs

To book Opkill call 0800 980 4142 - when calling, let the member of staff know you are a resident of Lichfield District - treatments cost £60 (inc VAT). There is a three working day response time (providing Opkill can access your property). Opkill will need a minimum of one visit.

About bed bugs

Bed bug adults are reddish-brown, oval, flattened insects from 4-5mm long and 1.5-3mm wide before feeding. Engorged adults tend to be swollen and dull red.

The eggs are white, oval, about 1mm long and covered in a sticky film which allows them to stick to surfaces. A newly hatched nymph is almost colourless whereas engorged nymphs are reddish and swollen.

Although humans are the preferred host, bed bugs feed on many warm blooded animals. Bed bugs usually hide in cracks or mattresses during the day and emerge at night to feed.

They inject saliva as they feed and allergic reaction to this substance often causes slightly delayed swelling, itching and burning. Under favourable conditions, each female lays 200 to 500 eggs and at temperatures above 21°C these hatch in 6 to 17 days.

Adults often survive up to two months without food, but under certain circumstances can live a year or more without feeding.

The first step to dealing with bed bugs is to locate their hiding places. Furniture, fittings and even crevices in wallpaper must be inspected carefully, even to the point of dismantling bed etc. for easier inspection and possible treatment.

Applications are best done to a 'crack to crevice' treatment to known or potential harbourages, as well as using a broad band residual insecticide through a coarse sprayer or as an Ultra Low Volume Insecticide for the rest of the room. Products containing insect growth regulators can also aid control.

If you intend to carry out your own treatment, read the label of the pesticide container and follow the instructions carefully.