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Bed Bugs Pest Control
Cimex lectularius, more commonly known as bed bugs, are small insects that feed exclusively on the blood of warm-blooded animals. Humans can be perfect hosts for this hematophagy (feeding on blood), so bed bug populations can thrive and quickly become an infestation.

Bed Bugs facts
• They are nocturnal insects and become active during night.
• They often hide inside cracks and crevices during daytime.
• They take blood as their main meal, and they obtain it by piercing into blood vessels and taking the fluid. Humans are their preferred host as they tend to feed while the host is sleeping.

Bed Bugs
Bed bugs can live in any area of the home and can reside in tiny cracks in furniture as well as on textiles and upholstered furniture. They tend to be most common in areas where people sleep and generally concentrate in beds, including mattresses, and bed frames.

Bed bug bites
Bed bugs are most active at night and bite any exposed areas of skin while an individual is sleeping. The face, neck, hands, and arms are common sites for bedbug bites.

Feeding takes about five minutes, after which the bug returns to its hiding place. Bites are not noticeable by the host until at least a few minutes or some hours afterwards. Hosts, for example humans, will be aware of a bite after scratching it. Often bites may not be noticeable for several days.

Bed bugs will feed every five to ten days. They can, however, last for several months without feeding. If there is no food around, they can become dormant for over a year.

What causes bed bugs?
Bed bugs are on the rise across the UK with pest control companies reporting more call outs than ever before. An increase in foreign travel and resistance to the chemicals that kill them are being blamed.

They can be difficult to detect and complicated to get rid of. The key is to establish the extent of the infestation by consulting a professional pest controller.

Control Methods
• Residual Spray
Insecticide is sprayed at cracks and crevices, wall edges, furniture and other possible bed bug harborages. Chemical with flushing agent will drive the bug out from their hiding place and this would also increase their frequency of contact with the toxic.

• Ultra Low Volume (ULV) spraying
This application is more suitable method for large areas such as dormitories, hostel, and offices. This method creates a space filled with insecticide. The chemical droplets produced are extremely fine, and these enable the droplets to be suspended midair, covering a wide area.

• Sanitization
Make sure that the bed sheet, blanket, mattress and other textile-made furniture are clean and changed periodically as it is important to reduce or prevent bed bug infestation.

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