Bed Bugs - Information and Advice

How to identify them 

  • Adult Bed bugs are flat, reddish-brown, oval insects up to 4 to 5 mm long or the size of an apple seed.
  • They are typically active at night when searching for a human host and can appear swollen and reddish after a blood meal.
  • You may also see red irritated bites, normally in rows on your neck, shoulders, back, legs or arms.
  • Other indicators of a bed bug infestation include seeing their faeces in areas such as your bed or shell cases of juveniles. 
  • Bed Bugs do not indicate that a home is dirty as they are normally picked up through bad luck.  

 

Pest Control Bed Bug

 

How they're treated

Unfortunately, self treatment is unlikely to be effective, however there are steps you can take to prevent an infestation.

  • If staying in a hotel or other accommodation, check for signs of an infestation.
  • Thoroughly inspect any second hand bedroom furniture you purchase.
  • If you suspect you have stayed somewhere with an infestation, immediately wash clothes and linens in a hot wash (60 degrees) and tumble dry on hot for at least 30 minutes.  

Commercial treatment should only be undertaken by a highly trained professional pest controller. 

For the treatment of bedbugs you will need to provide an insect sample and carry out all the required preparation work. We spray a residual insecticide to all, bed bases, mattresses and floor surfaces, for which you will need to stay away from your home for a minimum of 4 hours. Do not vacuum or mop for 2 weeks after treatment as this will remove the insecticide.

Contact details

Email:
Post address:
Environmental Protection
Environment and Regulatory Services
The Council House
Corporation Street
Derby
DE1 2FS
Phone: 01332 641994
Minicom: 01332 640666
Environmental Protection
Environment and Regulatory Services
The Council House
Corporation Street
Derby
DE1 2FS

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