Case Study 4: Bed Bug Infestation

Beg Bugs Infestation in Lambeth

A large 7-bedroom council house in Lambeth had experienced ongoing bed bug activity for years. The landlord provided a free pest control service that, after 2 years of sporadic treatment, had failed to deliver long-term results. Many bedrooms had 2 or more beds and most were heavily infested.

We explained that bed bugs have a life cycle that needs to be taken into account, and it was evident that the tenants were spreading the problem from one room to the next by moving contaminated items between the areas.

We gave our clients a clear set of instructions:

  1. Ensure that all items belonging to a room stay in that particular room, until you are confident that the infestation is over. You will thereby limit contaminating further rooms and lessen the risk of re-infestation. Particular items include beds, mattresses, items stored under the beds, suitcases, picture frames above beds and bedding.
  2. If you must move bedding, or other contaminated items, throughout the house, ensure that these items are kept in a sealed bag.
  3. All of the sleeping stations need to be slept in, as people act as bait. The bed bugs will move over the sprayed areas in order to bite the clients, they will thus be exposed to the poison and, later, the bed bugs will die. In effect, the bed bug population will be depleted and, after three weeks, completely eradicated.
  4. Only time will tell if the treatment has been successful. Three weeks with no activity is a strong indicator that the problem is over.
  5. Any bed bug activity following the treatment should be reported without delay, and we will set an appropriate course of action.

We carried out two visits at two-week intervals, spraying all bedrooms and communal areas, beds, mattresses, bedside furniture, floors and walls.

After a couple of months, our clients suspected activity in two of their rooms. These rooms received another two courses of treatment, just to be on the safe side, with only a marginal extra charge. It is our belief that in the case of bed bugs, it’s far better to over-treat, rather than under-treat, an infestation.