Bed Bug Myths

When searching online for bed bug treatments the information you can find online can be really misleading. There are lots of different Bed Bug sites containing advice for how to deal with your Bed Bug problem. Some of the advice online is really great and other pieces of information are untrue. Below is a list of bed bug myths that we have found online.

Bed Bugs can fly.  FALSE- Bed Bugs can’t fly or jump. they can only crawl, which is a good thing when carrying out a chemical spray as you can force them across a chemical barrier.

Bed Bugs only like dirty homes.  FALSE- Bed Bugs have no preference for the home they live in. They will infest anyone’s home so long as there is a food source available.

Bed Bugs only feed on blood.  TRUE- Bed Bugs will only feed on blood. They prefer to feed from humans instead of animals.

Bed Bugs only feed at night.  FALSE- Bed Bugs will feed when they are hungry and there food source is available and this could be during the day.

Bed Bugs live solely on the bed.  FALSE- Bed Bugs will mainly live on the bed frame if they have infested a bedroom. However they will live elsewhere in room. If they have infested other areas in the home such as the living room then they would live as close to us (the food source) as possible.

Bed Bugs spread diseases.  FALSE- One positive thing about Bed Bugs is that they cannot pass on any diseases. Although bed bug bites can be quite itchy and scratching the bites can cause infection.

Have I got Bed Bugs?

Bed Bugs are a horrible pest and they can make us feel dirty or like we have done something wrong. Bed Bugs are a bed luck bug. They have no preference over whether we keep ourselves in a clean or dirt condition. All Bed Bugs want to do is feed and they feed from us. They track us by our carbon dioxide and once they know they can feed from us on a regular basis, bed bugs will then stay as close as possible.

We can pick Bed Bugs up from anywhere; places like hotels, care homes and hostels. They could be on public transport, trains, planes, buses and coaches. Bed Bugs will not only feed from us when we are asleep. They will feed when we are resting so if we are going on a long journey this could be the perfect feeding time for them.

This is also how we bring them into our home. A Bed Bug will crawl into our bags. Whether it be a rucksack, a handbag or a suitcase they have no preference. These little hitch hikers will crawl into our bags and once we set them back down (normally once we are home) they will crawl back out again.

Normally when we pick up Bed Bugs and a new infestation starts we will only pick up one or two. These will feed around every 7-10 days. It’s very easy to miss an infestation in the beginning as there bites are so few apart. A female Bed Bug will lay eggs every day and these eggs will take around 18 days to hatch. These baby Bed Bugs will take around 6 weeks to become adults.

We receive so few bites in the first few weeks of an infestation that its easy to think its something else.

If you are ever in doubt of what your pest infestation could be please contact us for a chat or a free survey. We cover all forms of Bed Bug infestation in the Lincolnshire and Cambridgeshire areas.

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The dangers of searching for Bed Bug remedies on the web

You have been bitten, more than once. Seems to be happening every few days, in fact it’s been going on for a few weeks. It’s starting to bug you now. What could be biting you? You don’t have any pets so it couldn’t be fleas. You don’t normally react to bites.

Your hovering everyday by this point, and you seem to be waking up with the bites so have started changing you bed sheets once every 3-4 days now.

This is when you carry out an online search. BED BUGS!! How can I have Bed Bugs? Okay I can see they are nothing to do with cleanliness but URGH how have I got them? I do travel with work at least once a month maybe I picked them up in a hotel? But which hotel? How long have I had them?

You find a self-help blog and the guy really does know what his talking about. The blog is telling you to hot wash all of your bedding, bag everything in your wardrobe and draws up, order an online Bed Bug spray, bleach the bed frame, spray the bed frame, put butter dishes under the legs of the bed, cover the legs in tape and lastly put Vaseline above the tape.

So you sleep in your bed for the first time in a week and you’ve done everything that’s been advised. You wake up in the morning to find six new bites across your stomach. You want to cry, after all your effort. What are you meant to do now? None of these self-help websites tell you what to do when the self-help doesn’t work. You do some more searching online for a pest controller and Bed Bug specialists come up. But what company do I choose? There’s different treatment methods and some company’s offer guarantees.

The best thing to do is to contact the British Pest Control Association BPCA, at www.bpca.org.uk. They can point you in the right direction for a bed bug specialist that covers your area and offer you any advice on your situation. PPM Services are a member of the BPCA. They audit us yearly to check we do what we say we do.

It’s very easy to make the common mistakes above when you first find out you have bed bugs in your home. We don’t require you to do anything apart from have a good clean before we arrive. Its best for us to see how you normally live and we want you to live normally after the treatment. It’s best to get a chemical in place working against the bed bug infestation as soon as possible.

If you think you might have a Bed Bug infestation call us today for a free survey so we can talk you through you options and next steps.

Are Bed Bugs around in Winter?

For most good pest control companies summer is a busy time. We are all far more active in the summer time. Between our friends barbecues, our children’s birthday parties and our summer holidays to a warmer climate this period always involves more travelling. This makes it a lot easier for Bed Bugs to hitch hike their way into our lives.

So what happens to the pesky little critters in the winter? Well a bit like us they slow down. Bed Bugs do not like the colder weather they prefer warmer temperatures therefore they do not need to feed as often, during the summer time there feeding cycle is around 7-10 days depending on the availability of a food source. During the winter time this slows down to between 18-21 days. By their food cycle slowing down this also slows other bed bug activities down. Bed Bugs lay between 1-5 eggs per day every day in the ideal conditions and the temperature is a major factor in this. So in the winter they will lay less eggs and go days without laying them.

By not being so active in the winter bed bugs will create less evidence of them being around. So the faecal spotting is less easier to find as there is less of it being produced. As less eggs are being laid there are less nymphs around so in turn there are less cast shells around as well.  

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Above all, remember Bed Bugs are very common and can be found on most forms of transport and accommodation.  It is easy to bring them home by mistake in your suitcase or on clothes. 

If you think you have, call us on the number above for a free survey and advice.  If in doubt, contact the British Pest Control Association (BPCA) at www.bpca.org.uk 

 Reoccuring Bed Bugs

You’re being bitten and the reactions look terribly familiar. Then it dawns on you. Those are Bed Bug bites. If you’re experiencing Bed Bugs again it makes you think that it’s the same infestation. It might not be. Bed Bugs have certain things that have to do in order to survive. Every 7-10 days a Bed Bug will take blood feed from a human (they don’t like to feed off of animals due to their fur but will if it is there only option). Every day a female Bed Bug will lay eggs and once she has been fertilised, she is fertilised for life.

Once a chemical treatment has been carried out on your property the Bed Bugs will cross through the chemical barrier as they come out to take their regular feed. As the eggs hatch (which can take around 18 days) they will look for us by tracking us by our carbon dioxide to take a feed.

This treatment should take around five weeks to kill all of the Bed Bugs. If after five weeks you are still experiencing a problem please contact us.

4 Months later after having no bites and seeing no bugs for around 3 months, the tell tell bites start up again. Does this mean it is the same infestation? It’s highly unlikely it’s the same Bed Bug problem.

As long as you are living in the property you are creating carbon dioxide for the Bed Bugs to track you by. If Bed Bugs can detect a carbon dioxide source they will feed from us, so if the original Bed Bug problem was still there you would have been bitten or seen the bugs straight after the treatment time.

So where are these Bed Bugs coming from? This is more than likely going to be a new infestation. This re infestation could be coming from a number of places and it’s always a good idea to explore these options. Could the neighbours also be suffering from Bed Bugs? (particularly if you live in a block of flats). Does a friend or family member have a Bed Bug infestation that they aren’t aware of? Could your work place be infested with Bed Bugs?

Once we’ve established where the infestation is coming from we can then time your treatment to coincide with there’s. If there any issues with having the other infestation treated we can advise on the best course of action to take.

If you have a reoccurring Bed Bug issue please do not hesitate to call us for some free advice.

"I'm not sharing my bed with Bed Bugs!" 

Once of the most common things we hear, here  is “I’ve got Bed Bugs, I’m not sleeping in my bed any more”. This is probably the single biggest mistake that you can make. Bed Bugs are highly mobile and will follow your carbon dioxide to where you are now sleeping, we have even heard of people sleeping in the bath tub to avoid being bitten by Bed Bugs and the bugs have still followed them there. If you have moved out of the house completely, Bed Bugs will respond to the lack of food by going in to diapause a similar state to hibernation, allowing them to live many months without food.

If I throw my bed away, surely that will get rid of my bed bug problem?

Whilst it is true that a large percentage of Bed Bugs and eggs will be living on the bed and disposing of the bed will remove them, there is always a high probability that they will remain in other areas of the room. Therefore any new bed or replacement bed that you bring in to the property is it exposed to a very high risk of re infestation. We always advise treating the infested bed and giving the treatment time to work. If you do wish to change the bed we advise you do this after all the Bed Bugs in your home are eradicated. A metal framed bed is preferable to combat Bed Bug activity.

What if I throw the bed frame away and put my mattress on the floor?

We use the bed frame as an integral part of the Bed Bug treatment process (in effect, using their favourite hiding places against them). If you were to throw the bed frame away and sleep on a mattress on the floor, you would be removing this final barrier between you and the dreaded Bed Bug.

Please do not hesitate to contact us. We are happy to provide advice on any bed bug situation. Based in Spalding and Peterborough we are able to deal with any infestation you may have.

How long will it take to get rid of my Bed Bugs?

The type of treatment you have will depend on how long it will take to kill your Bed Bugs.

There are lots of different Bed Bug treatments on the market. It can be difficult to work out which will be best. As there are lots of factors to be considered when booking the right treatment such as your budget, how long the treatment takes, what things will you be required to do before and after treatment to make sure its successful, are you provided with a guarantee and what sort of treatment is it.

Heat treatments range in time between 6 hours to 24 hours, heat treatments could be full structural, pod treatments or tent treatments. Chemical treatments will take less time to carry out but there will be a longer process to killing your bugs. With a chemical treatment you are waiting for the Bed Bugs to carry out their normal cycle in order for them to cross the chemical barrier that your pest controller or bed bug expert would have laid down.

PPM Services can provide an non chemical heat treatment or a chemical barrier treatment. There isn’t much we need you to do before we treat however having a good tidy up before hand is always as advisable.  Ensure you clean out the vacuum cleaner thoroughly and leave the vacuum and contects outside the house until we arrive.

The time it takes to treat will depend on the size of your home a rough guide line will be between 1 to 2 hours. The price of the treatment to will depend on the size of your home. Once we have treated we will need you to live in the property as normal and there are a few after treatment guidelines to follow, such as not leaving the property for excessive amounts of time (going on holiday for two weeks) and not storing items under the bed as this can create a bridge for Bed Bugs and allow them to get to us for a feed but not cross the chemical barrier.

The time it takes to kill all of the Bed Bugs in your home is around five weeks and what you will notice in those five weeks will depend on how heavy your infestation is. Bed Bugs will feed every 7-10 days when its warm so in the winter this can slow down to far as 21 days, once they come out from there hiding places to fed they will cross the chemical barrier. The eggs can take around 18 days to hatch and once Bed Bug eggs hatch the nymphs will need to have a feed. They will detect us by our carbon dioxide and as they come out, looking for us they will also cross the chemical barrier. 

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How can I avoid Bed Bugs when travelling?

As we all know Bed Bugs are becoming a growing problem and they are a bad luck bug. How they end up in our homes and where they came from is the question which is a possibility of answers. Whether you’re staying in a five star hotel or a family home, travelling by train, boat or plane the helpful tips below will help you be that extra bit cautious when travelling:

  • When arriving at your destination you should put your luggage into the bathroom maybe pop your suitcase in the bath this makes an ideal overnight spot for your suitcase as there is NO food source for Bed Bugs in this area.
  • Before getting settled you can inspect the bed for any Bed Bug evidence such as blood stains or poo stains which can look like black ink marks. These can be difficult to find especially in hotels. Bed Bugs prefer cracks and crevices so the bed frame is a great hiding place for them. However please don’t drive yourself insane looking for them.
  • Bed Bugs won’t just stick to suitcases and bags. As explained earlier they are a bad luck bug. Be wary with things like tablet computers, laptops and books.  You can pop your belongings into a plastic bag for travelling on your way home. Isopropyl alcohol in a spray can is a good tool for killing Bed Bugs as it will kill bed bugs and eggs on contact.
  • When staying in an hotel, try to avoid putting your suitcase or bags on the bed, even for a short time.
  • Don't be afraid to report the problem to the hotel.  They should relocate you to another room and the bugs may be there because previous occupants failed to notify the hotel manager.

If you would like an further advice please call us on the number above. 

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