Bed bug removal & control
Inoculand provides professional bed bugs treatments to homes across London. There are two main strategies that can be combined for best results: heat treatment and/or spraying (pesticides or organic).
We use thermal eradication (heat treatment), carried out by specialist technicians who are solely dedicated to this form of treatment. We use the latest technology in thermal blasting.
Bed bugs are becoming increasingly difficult to eradicate using chemicals due to legislation changes and chemical resistance. Heat treatment against bed bugs is therefore fast becoming the surest way to regain your home from these pests.
Heat treatment for bed bugs
Inoculand Heat Treatment relies on thermal blasting to raise the temperature of your home and its belongings to above 56º C. The aim of this is to destroy every stage of the bed bugs’ life cycle.
A typical heat treatment usually takes between 4 to 8 hours, depending on the size of the area to be treated. Once completed, we back it up by spraying either synthetic pyrethoids, or an organic 100% natural insecticide.
After two weeks, we will return to repeat the operation using super heated steam and respray to ensure that no residual activity persisted.
In line with Inoculand policy, we prefer to do too much than not enough. Our Heat Treatment service is a 100% guaranteed bed bugs eradication service.
Pesticide-based bed bug removal services
We also offer the pesticide based bed bugs treatment as a standalone service. Our approach to chemical forms of eradications has been overseen by our expert biologist and the chemicals are all HSE approved.
We are experts in using the right formulation for the right environment, taking into account every factor on an individual basis. These chemicals are various killing agents, synergiser and insect growth regulators that will attack the insect biological pathways on many fronts.
Bed bug infestations in London that are treated with pesticides will require repeat visits in order to break the life cycle of the insects. Meanwhile, tenants will have to endure bed bugs activity while the treatment follows its course and deplete the stock of adults, nymphs and eggs.
The sofa is especially critical as it often gets infested, and it’s important to prevent spreading the bed bug infestation to other bedrooms. Therefore someone should sleep on the sofa at least once every four days for the full duration of the treatment (four weeks).
If tenants are storing blankets and pillows inside a cupboard during the day, then that cupboard should be sprayed and the door left open for the duration of the treatment.
You need a sleeping person to draw bed bugs out to feed. If the property is untenanted then the bed bugs will not come out to feed, and hence not get exposed to the pesticides. In this instance, the only solution would be heat treatment. So to avoid renting a property or a room with ongoing bed bug activity, landlords and hotel managers looking for a quick turnaround should only consider heat treatment.
Using spray for bed bug removal
As a pest control company, we never take risks. After treating, the tenants will need to stay clear from the sprayed area until completely dry (up to six hours). We strongly advise heat treatment as the preferred treatment method whenever you have children, vulnerable people and pets.
London's bed bug infestation epidemic
In London, the demand for bed bug treatment is getting more and more frequent. The general public are becoming aware of the existing problem thanks to the media talking about the challenges it raises.
The bedbug issue is exacerbated in London because of the need to share homes, and the often high turnover of tenants. Tourism is also a factor that weighs heavily on the matter. Londoners travel a lot. And London receive a very high number of visitors from all over the world. This increases the chance of contaminated suitcases cross-contaminating other environments such as the tube, airports, luggage hold of planes, hotels and flats.
As more and more places are infested, the chance of picking it up increases accordingly. Furthermore, the measures of pest control on London public transport, and in most hostels are often inappropriate. This potentially translates as a latent residual bed bug population waiting for the opportunity to take a ride on your clothes or bags.
General information regarding bed bugs treatments
What causes bed bugs?
Bed bugs are opportunistic and people pick them up without noticing. Beyond that, not taking early notice is what will cause a heavy infestation to take place. Also, having a high turnover of tenants will increase the chance to get infested by bed bugs. Typical place where you can pick up bed bugs are Hostels, Hotels, shared flats with high turnover and/or overcrowded, in the public transports (luggages/buses/planes), at work, during a sleepover, by getting 2nd hand contaminated items..
How to check for bed bugs?
The first signs to look for are bite marks on your skin. The swallowing only happen when people are sensitised or allergic to them. i.e. Both partners are getting bitten but only one may show marks on the skin.
Then, to confirm the bed bug infestation, look for blood spots/insect skins/nymphs/bedbugs at the back of the headboard, at the feet of the bed, possibly on the crease of the mattress and bed sheets.
How to treat bedbugs?
Bed bugs are resilient. You stand little chance to achieve control using commercial products. The most efficient approach to remove bed bugs is the heat treatment. However, you can also achieve control by carrying out repeated visits using residual insecticides and insect growth regulators. Diatomaceous Earth also has a detrimental effect on bedbugs and can contribute along side a chemical treatment toward full eradication.
Where can I buy bed bug spray?
Some of Inoculand Ltd Pest Control clients have mentioned: bed bug spray Tesco, bed bug spray Asda, bed bug spray Boots, bed bug spray Wilkinsons and bed bug spray B&Q. However, Inoculand only recommends professional bed bugs removal methods.
How to get rid of them fast.
The only method that kills bed bugs fast is the heat treatment. It is a 1-day 100% guaranteed bed bugs eradication service. Adult bed bugs, nymphs and eggs are all destroyed at once.
Chemical treatments only kill the bedbugs as they come out to feed and crawl on the pesticides, and as and when the eggs hatch out. Typically a London bed bug treatment relying on pesticides will deplete the stock of bed bugs, nymphs and eggs until the life cycle is broken, about 3-4 weeks. During that time the tenants will keep on suffering bites to some extent.
Can bed bugs jump?
No, bed bugs do not jump. You may actually have seen fleas instead of bed bugs. Fleas would typically leave bite marks at ankle level when bed bugs would mostly bite at upper body level.
How can I prevent a bed bug infestation?
Bed bugs infestations are introduced by tenants in the home. Ideally, you would not bring infested items in, so avoid second hand furniture and be careful with your suitcases while travelling.
We are often required to treat bedbugs in London properties that have been spotted in communal areas. This is why tenants should drag out an infested mattress down the hallway and staircase on the way to the bin.
Take preventive steps such as: inspecting for signs of bed bugs infestations, steaming or hot washing your travel bags and clothes, and spraying with insecticides.
Bed bug bites vs mosquito bites
Any bites may cause a skin reaction, that may not look any different for bedbugs or mosquitoes. Most people in London may start thinking they are mosquito bites, until they see blood spots on the mattress or the insect itself. If despite using mosquitoes plug-in repellants you still get bitten it is possibly bed bugs.
Do bed bugs itch?
Bed bugs bites can trigger an inflammatory response that cause redness, heat and pain. Scratching will only exacerbate the issue and delay healing. Best to use specialised creams.
The main advantage of heat treatment is how it gets rid of bed bugs instantly. Another of its benefits is that is can be carried out chemical free. That will greatly appeal to people being allergic/sensitive to pesticides . Heat treatment is also the ONLY way to treat efficiently an infested property that is untenanted or void.
Heat treatment in hotels or any accommodation business will allow a quick turn around and will prevent future guest from picking up a bed bug infestations. London hotels and hostels cannot control bedbugs using pesticides and renting out the rooms while the treatment is following its course.
Inoculand Ltd Pest Control provides treatments for bed bugs in London and surrounding counties.