Sleep tight, hope the bed bugs don't bite!
Posted on 18th March 2019 at 08:46
Bed bugs have become the 21st Century 'Super Pest' - these blood sucking insects are becoming increasingly resistance to chemicals meaning that they are harder for the pest control industry to control.
We were asked to attend and treat an infestation of bed bugs at a rental property in Reading town centre where the previous tenant had moved out and the landlord made a horrifying discovery on taking back the property.
Along with loads of rubbish left in the house we found FOUR bed bug traps all full as shown in the photo above. This was a major bed bug infestation so we used electric appliance's to bring the temperature within each room to 60 degrees centigrade.
All insects have whats known as a thermal death point - this is the temperature where they cannot survive above and for bed bugs this is 45 degrees centigrade; their eggs need slightly higher temperatures at 50 degrees. We heat the rooms up to 60 degrees just to ensure that this level is achieved throughout.
After heating we follow with a pesticide spray as the bed bugs may try and escape from the heat and we will use this in conjunction to prevent what we call 'flushing'. In this property we had to remove the electrical sockets to check inside: you can see how far spread the bed bug infestation was.
At Henley Pest Control we always use some form of heat to control bed bugs and never rely solely on chemicals as part of our treatment: heat in the form of a portable steamer which uses 180 degree steam is extremely effective at smaller infestations.
We back our bed bug treatments up with the latest advances in chemical pesticide's; these contain two forms of active ingredient and an insect growth regulator that prevents the insects from shedding their exoskeleton - this prevents them from reaching maturity and breeding.
At Henley Pest Control all our bed bug treatments work on a two step method - heat followed by chemicals, we may need you to do some preparation for us The treatments have to be as thorough as possible and this requires a methodical approach to the treatment. We start by dissembling your bed to allow the application of heat and chemcials to penetrate as far as possible into the structure of the bed frame and we repeat this throughout every bedroom.
When it comes to successful bed bug control you cannot take short cuts - our treatment may take a couple of hours or all day if we have to raise the temperatures to 60 degrees - at Henley Pest Control our customers are our priority and we take pride in delivering a successful treatment.
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