Bed Bugs

Bed Bug Control Solution

Bed Bugs Pest Control

Do you think you have a bed bugs infestation? If so you need a bed bug control solution as soon as possible. Bed bug infestations can be distressing. And they can be hard to treat. However, our expert technicians can treat infestations. Quickly and effectively, so that you can sleep soundly!

Ultimate Pest Control provides an industry-leading bed bug control solution. Our technicians' service Dublin, Kildare, Wicklow, and Leinster. We provide service to residential and commercial properties.

Bed Bug Control Solution:

  • Inspection to Confirm Infestation
  • Bed Bug Treatment
  • Preventative Advice
  • Disinfection Service
  • Follow Up Service

All About Bed Bugs

Bed bugs are blood-sucking insects attracted to warm-blooded creatures. For instance, humans and pets. Bed bugs inhabit beds and bedrooms. Therefore they are aptly named.

Bed bugs feed at night. They are drawn to people sleeping. Specifically, attracted by body heat and carbon dioxide.

Bed bugs thrive in warm conditions. This is when they are most active and feeding. And mating. Bed bugs can lay dormant for months in cold temperatures. In fact, they can last up to 1 year without feeding.

The lifespan of a bed bug is 10 months. Female bed bugs lay 200 – 500 eggs. However, they do this in small batches over two months. The eggs are cream in colour and sticky. So they adhere in clusters to furniture and fittings. It takes about 10 days for the eggs to hatch. The hatched nymphs moult 5 times before reaching maturity. But they need a blood meal between each moult. In favourable conditions, they can reach maturity within a month.

Species of Bed Bug Found in Ireland

The Bed Bug:

  • Reddish Brown in Colour
  • Roughly 6mm in Length
  • Flattened Oval Shape – similar to a disc
  • After feeding they become darker and rounder. As a result of consuming blood
  • Cream Coloured Eggs
  • Eggs 1mm in Length

The Dangers of a Bed Bug Infestation

Bed bugs bite humans and animals. And consume their blood. The bites are not necessarily dangerous. As they do not transmit diseases. However, they are irritating and itchy. And they can become painful and swollen. In fact, in some cases, they can become infected. A bed bug infestation can be mentally distressing. This is why it is important to contact a professional about bed bugs pest control as soon as an infestation is detected. 

How to Treat Bites:

A bed bug bite lasts roughly two weeks. To relieve the symptoms:

  • Apply hydrocortisone cream to relieve itching
  • Take antihistamines to soothe the burning
  • Take painkillers to relieve pain and swelling

Do you have a Bed Bug Infestation?

As bed bugs are small and nocturnal, you may spot the signs you have an infestation, before you spot a bed bug.

  • Small dark blood spots on bedding
  • Seeing shed skins around the bed
  • Seeing small white eggs, or empty eggshells around the bed
  • Dark, black faecal stains on the mattress or bedding. Similar to ink dots
  • Red irritating bites. Typically on the neck, back, shoulders, arms and legs
  • An unpleasant, sweet, sickly smell.

Can I Prevent a Bed Bug Infestation?

A bed bug infestation is not 100% preventable. However, you can reduce your chances of an infestation. Before staying in accommodation, look for signs of bed bugs. Inspect the headboard and the edge of the mattress. Also, avoid putting your luggage on the bed or furniture. So bed bugs can't infest your luggage. And you are well within your rights to ask your hosts when the last bed bug control treatment took place. 

Additionally, check any second-hand furniture thoroughly. Even consider treating it regardless before bringing it home.