Fees and charges for 2016/17 can be viewed using the following link:
Pest Control Charges - 2016/17
- Do not fly, can crawl and can be transported in clothing, luggage, books or furniture. Often associated with second hand bedding/furniture.
- Can bite and feed on blood causing severe irritation.
- Most infestations are found in the bedroom, usually close to where the host sleeps, bed frame, mattress, skirting boards and wallpaper.
- Emerge at night.
- Not known to carry disease.
- Increase in the use of central heating and warm conditions stimulate activity and feeding over the winter months.
- The female bed bug lays pearly white eggs which are glued into cracks and crevices and anywhere that provides darkness during daylight.
- Adults can live for up to 18 months usually feeding weekly but can survive for over one year without blood.
- Recommend that the whole premises be treated.
- Hoover thoroughly throughout.
- Put all toys away. Any soft toys would be scattered on treated surface so that any coming out would be killed.
- Bed must be stripped and all bedding washed. Bedding should be put into black bags and carried to washer in these then placed next to machine. All modern detergents carry a built in insecticide that will kill the bugs.
- Any affected clothing should also be treated in the same manner.
- Vacate property for 3-4 hours after treatment.
- After 3 hours it is completely safe to enter property and for pets and children.
- Can take up to 2 weeks to work.
- Will re-visit after 2 weeks free of charge if not worked.
- Insecticide is applied to affected rooms, beds etc.
- In worst cases wallpaper has to be removed as eggs may be laid behind joints.
- Regular cleaning of bedding and cleaning of rooms should prevent build up of an infestation.
- Regular cleaning and inspection of the bed will highlight distinctive blood spotting at an early stage.
- Rooms should be cleaned regularly and kept tidy.
- Second hand furniture should be checked carefully.