Bedbugs Treatment

Steve Laycock | 11 May 2015

Treating Bedbug Infestations

So you have done all the checks and have called in the professionals and yes it has been proven that you have a bedbug problem.  What do you do now?

Well I would leave it to the professionals to treat the infestation simply because bedbugs are notoriously difficult to treat. They are not so difficult to kill but if you are not thorough and methodical in your treatment process then re-infestation could occur soon after any amateur attempt has taken place.  

How do we treat Bedbugs




There are a number of ways bedbugs can be treated. This includes the use of steam cleaners, heat treatments, freezing and spraying with insecticides. We will use combinations of these methods to best treat the problem and although heat treatments and freezing will kill bedbugs, for most practical purposes effective control demands thorough treatment of all infested areas with an insecticide specifically approved for bedbug control.



For the initial treatment all areas of harbourage should be treated.

This includes:-

1. All pictures, mirrors and wall hangings should be treated with particular attention being paid to cracks and crevices.

2. Drawers should be removed from furniture and all units and drawers should be treated internally and externally with particular attention being paid to tracks and drawers supports and the underside of drawers (all cracks and crevices).

3. Headboards should be removed from the bed or wall and be dismantled to allow thorough treatment of cracks and crevices and voids behind and in normally inaccessible areas.

4. Mattress seams and buttons should be treated with a non-residual insecticide and thoroughly inspected.

5. Box spring divans, bed platforms should be lifted, turned and dismantled if required to allow all surfaces to be treated.  particular attention will be paid to seams, folds, dust liners and legs when treating.

6. Upholstered furniture, chairs, sofas, bedding boxes should be treated in the same way as beds.

7. Wheels, castors, posts and legs of all furniture should be closely examined and treated.

8. Carpets should be pulled back from the wall floor junction and any voids beneath the baseboard (skirting) mouldings can be treated.

9. Baseboards should be spot treated in dark undisturbed areas behind furniture and should include unsealed seams along the tops and bottoms of skirting boards

10. Curtains should be removed and taken away for separate steam cleaning, laundering and dryer treatment.

11. Wall fixtures such as mounted lamps should be detached, vacuumed and treated.

12. Electrical sockets and switch faceplates should be removed so voids can be treated with a residual dust.

We will also steam clean upholstery, mattresses and furnishings to ensure that any eggs are destroyed.  

All neighbouring rooms to the infected one should also be considered.

Treating a room can take up-to half a day and to ensure that our treatments are as effective as can be reasonably deemed possible we will repeat the process about 10 days after the initial treatment.

Hotels or environments where there is a high incidence of transient people will generally or may have an ongoing program of monitoring and treatment and any businesses of this nature should consider having this type of service.

Prior to treatment

Any bedbug treatment will only be effective if the correct groundwork has gone into preparing the infected room or premises beforehand.

A big consideration of the process is, attitude of mind and how much the individual wants the problem treated.

Our technician will advise the customer on the essential work required before any treatment can be carried out and it is then up-to the individual to carry out that work.  The more effectively it is done the more effective the treatment will be.

The customer needs to understand that a treatment can take anything up-to five hours to carryout and could involve considerable disruption as well as the fact that the process will be repeated. 

They also need to be aware that the cost of treatments could increase if the amount of time taken is increased because the technician has to work around clutter in the environment so customer engagement and co-operation is essential.

Rooms must be clear and tidy and free of all junk and clutter in as much as is practicably possible       

1. Beds must be completely stripped down before insecticide treatment, with all sheets, duvets, blankets, valances and other bedding placed and sealed in a bin liner and either laundered or professionally cleaned. The bin liner should be properly disposed of and the bedding returned in a fresh bin liner.

2. Curtains, soft furnishings and any clothing particularly that that is stored and undisturbed for long periods of time that could provide harbourage, should be removed and thoroughly washed or dry cleaned.  Any clothing that is going to be stored should be sealed in preferably a vacuum sealed bag.

To kill all bedbugs stages, materials need to be washed in hot water above 49 degrees Celsius for a time greater than 10 minutes using soap or detergent. This should be then dried in a hot dryer above 60 degrees Celsius for a time greater than 20 minutes.

Vacuuming should be carried out vigorously from wall to wall, in around and under all furnishings. Eggs can be difficult to remove from harbourage surfaces but vacuuming exposed surfaces or nesting sites is valuable in removing nymphs and adults.

Use if possible a HEPA (high efficiency particulate air) filtered vacuum cleaner as this will ensure many allergens associated with bedbugs and debris is removed.

Ensure that mattresses bed bases and all furniture is thoroughly vacuumed.

The vacuum bag or cylinder should then be taken away from the premises and emptied into a sealed bin bag and placed in a dust bin for collection or better still incinerated.

Then it is time to call in the technicians. 

It does require a lot of effort on the part of the customer to prepare for a bedbug treatment but the better prepared you are, the more effective the treatment. 

If you think you have a bedbug problem then please do not hesitate to contact us.





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