Bed bugs are horrible. They cause sleepless nights, resulting in people searching for methods to get rid of bed bugs. Fortunately, you've landed on the right page; our expert guide will offer advice and steps you can take to help prevent, manage and remove a bed bug infestation from your home.

You may not notice you've got bed bugs until the infestation has become out of control. Therefore, if you've seen any possible signs of a bed bug infestation, you must act on the advice in this article straight away to have any chance of success.

life cycle of bed bugs

Before we get into the blog, you probably want to know who Integrum Services is? Well, we offer chemical and heat bed bug control in London. We're confident that we're the best in the industry at dealing with bed bug problems, due to the fact we've worked on solving some of the worst bed bug infestations for commercial properties. Our heat and chemical treatments are guaranteed to remove bugs at all life stages, from eggs to nymphs to adults. Contact us today to learn more about our bed bug removal treatments and options.

Anyway, back to the blog.

Identifying of a Bed Bug infestation

If you want to know how to get rid of bed bugs, you have to identify one. Adult bed bugs are relatively small, 6 mm to be precise. The early stages of a bed bug infestation (nymphs) are difficult to notice as they are so little, they are usually undetectable to the human eye. Adults tend to deposit eggs in cracks and crevices close to their host (humans); so make sure to search bed frames as they are usually affected. Bed bugs are often confused with fleas, so make sure you're fully aware of how to identify a bed bug infestation.

If you're unsure if you need bed bug pest control in London and the UK visit the NHS for more information on signs of BedBugs. However, the main symptoms to look out for include:

  • Skin: As bed bugs move through their life cycle from nymph to adult, they leave behind dead skin.
  • Blood: You can also expect blood since bed bugs feed on humans, check your bedsheets to see if there are any blood spots.
  • Poo: Faecal is another common sign, check your bedding, headboards and bed frames for small brown spots.
  • Bed bugs: If you look hard enough, you'll find them hiding in gaps in furniture and beds. Check all around your bedroom like gaps under skirting boards, mattress seams and headboards. As mentioned previously, bed bugs are only 6 mm when fully grown, so it can be tough to for anyone untrained in pest control.

How do you get bed bugs?

If you're reading this guide, you may be wondering how bed bugs even got into your home in the first place. We often work with customers who think they are dirty because of the infestation; well, they are wrong. Bed bugs usually travel by hitching a ride from an infested area. They will attach themselves to suitcases, shoes, backpacks or anything else. So, ask yourself, have you been to a hotel or place where you could have brought the problem home?

If you've been to a hotel, the next question would be, how can I avoid bringing them home again? Make sure to inspect the hotel and furniture with all the newfound skills you will gain from this article.

How to get rid of bed bugs?

As with all our guides, we strongly recommend you contact a professional pest control company. Treating a bed bug infestation by yourself is highly unlikely to get rid of the problem. The main reason for this is that you must remove all bed bug life stages to prevent the problem from coming back. However, if you're adamant on performing the removal process by yourself, here are some top tips on how to get rid of bed bugs:

  1. Wash all your clothing, curtains, bedding, shoes; in fact, wash everything you possibly can on a very high wash (60c) or dry on a hot setting for as long as possible. Ensure all clean and infected clothing items are separate and use plastic bags to divide the piles.
  2. Hoover all areas where you think bed bugs could be present. Our experience has found bed bugs in areas such as carpets, floors, beds, furniture and any cracks and crevices in your home. Hoovering will kill as many bed bugs as possible, but we can't guarantee you will gather them all. You need to be extremely thorough with this step and dispose of the bin bag afterwards. 
  3. Enclose the mattress in a tight zipped cover. Bed bugs can survive for months without a meal, so make sure to keep the mattress cover on for as long as possible.
  4. An extra step would be to place all clothing into a freezer (-15c) for four days to kill any leftover eggs. Although some professionals recommend only washing, we must assure you that bed bugs are complicated to remove without heat and chemical treatments, so you must take every possible step to stand any chance of getting rid of bed bugs.
  5. If you have tried all the above methods and still experience bed bugs in your bedroom or home, you'll need to book a professional bed bug heat or chemical treatment.

Heat and chemical bed bug treatments

Professional bed bug treatments are the only way we can guarantee you will get rid of the problem. Although this is a more premium service, you will have a trained and experienced technician in bed bug control.

Heat treatment for bed bugs

Heat treatments for bed bugs work by heating your home to the required temperature to kill all life forms. Heating your home is 100% the most effective method to get rid of bed bugs. 

The main benefit of a bed bug heat treatment is that it will remove bed bugs from anything in the room when the treatment is carried out. Your pest control company should remind you what you can and can't remove. As removing some items before the treatment commences may reintroduce the bugs back into the property. Although not essential, we suggest thoroughly hoovering a day or so before the treatment to ensure its effectiveness. Furthermore, heat treatments kill all stages of life; this includes eggs, larval and pupa.

Like heat treatments, you can also use steam cleaners as long as the areas are exposed for an extended period of time. Unfortunately, there are more risks of furniture becoming damaged by steam, so take the advice offered by a professional bed bug removal company. 

Chemical treatment for bed bugs

Another effective method on how to get rid of bed bug is chemical treatments. However, we should let you know that chemical bed bug treatments often require multiple visits to avoid any chance of bed bugs returning. Unlike heat treatments, chemical requires the pest control professional to dispense it to all affected areas.

Bed bugs have become more and more resistant to various chemicals and pesticides over the years. Due to this, we suggest using a combined approach to ensure that you have the best possible chances of getting rid of bed bugs from your home.

Integrum Service has all the equipment available to help eliminate bed bugs from your home and destroy and leftover eggs. Our team is based in London, Surrey and all the south-east of England, please call us on 020 8914 7894 or email at office@integrumservices.co.uk to discuss further.