Bed Bug Control
Once they’re inside, bed bugs are a plague upon many houses! Bed bugs can cause serious damage to the reputation of hotels by bringing discomfort and pain to customers. These tiny critters infiltrate homes through traveling – in alarm clocks, bedside tables, inside suitcases, and used furniture. They love to nest in beds and are extremely tough to get rid of, constantly evolving to become immune to treatment. The casing of bed bug eggs is almost impenetrable. It’s time to call the Flick experts for help!Get A Free Quote Now!
From Preparation to Treatment
Getting rid of bed bugs requires a thorough approach. We’ll help you eradicate them for good by applying either a pest control product or heat treatment. For a serious infestation, our K9 Bed Bug Detection Unit will do a sweep to ensure all infected areas have been detected – particularly useful for hospitality premises.
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Bed bugs and their eggs can’t survive temperatures over 46 degrees celsius. Flick’s bed bug heat treatments are chemical-free and can be completed in 24 hours. Heaters and fans are strategically positioned at key points in the room, with a technician onsite for 8 hours monitoring the treatment at 60 degrees celsius.
A pest control product mist treatment usually supplements the heat treatment. Bed bugs are able to build up an immunity to insecticides, so often both are required, particularly for an advanced infestation. We also have a chemical/vacuuming/steam program which is very effective for smaller areas.
Common Bed Bug Questions
01What do bed bugs feed on?
Bed bugs feed solely on blood – so an infestation isn’t a sign of poor hygiene, as they can also be found in immaculate hotel rooms. They are active at night and usually bite people while they are asleep. They have an elongated beak through which they pierce the skin and withdraw blood. Feeding for 3 – 10 minutes before they are engorged, they then crawl away unnoticed.
02What are the signs of a bed bug infestation?
Waking up with itchy areas you didn’t have when you went to sleep may indicate bed bugs – particularly if you’ve come back from travelling or bought a used piece of furniture recently. Other signs include blood stains on sheets and pillowcases, dark or rusty spots of bed bug excrement or fecal spots, eggshells or shed skins. You may also notice an offensive, musty odour.
03How do I prevent bed bugs?
After travelling, always inspect suitcases before bringing them indoors, particularly if you have been staying in shared hostels. Never leave open suitcases lying on the floor when on vacation. Also be wary of purchasing secondhand furniture – inspect old beds to check they aren’t carrying any travelers!
04How do I prepare for a bed bug treatment?
On the day of the treatment, don’t move any mattresses or pieces of furniture or items. Leave this to your Flick bed bug specialists. Do not enter the treatment area until the technician advises you it is safe to do. They will give you advice about when to vacuum or use the area again.
05How do I prevent bed bugs coming back?
After the treatment, wash all your bedclothes at a temperature of at least 60°C. After travelling, always inspect suitcases before bringing them indoors, particularly if you have been staying in shared hostels. Also be wary of purchasing secondhand furniture – inspect old beds to check they aren’t carrying any travelers!
Common Bed Bugs
Common Bed Bug
4-5mm in length, or the size of the apple seed. Vary in colour from light yellow to brown, depending on stage of life.
Bed bugs feed during the night through their elongated beaks, which sink painlessly into the skin for up to 15 mins. However allergic reactions to the saliva are common, with symptoms including redness, itching and swelling. A telltale sign is when the bites are clustered in a straight line and when they are on the legs and ankles. They can cause great distress and reputational damage to hospitality businesses.
Bed bugs are nocturnal. During the day the hide close to where people sleep, such as in mattresses, headboards or boxsprings. They can hide in cracks the width of a credit card and prefer to be close to where they feed. However, they will crawl longer distances if required.