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How To Get Rid of Bed Bugs

Bed bugs infestation can spread easily and it’s very difficult to treat especially when a Cimex Lectularius infestation increases in epidemic proportions, as they thrive in any weather and environment. The key to eradicating bed bugs is early detection and quick treatment by an expert pest controller.

At home, there are a few actions you can take such as washing infested items at a high temperature and vacuuming regularly to get rid of bed bugs naturally. This will help control the problem but will not be able to remove it completely. 

For this reason, businesses at greatest risk, like hotels, should not attempt to get rid of bed bugs without expert help. The best way to get rid of bed bugs in your home or business is by enlisting the help of a pest control professional. Contact us today for expert help.

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1. Identify Your Pest

Bed bugs hiding in the tiniest creak and crevice makes it a challenge to spot these flat and brown crawling bloodsuckers. Sometimes, bed bugs have been mistaken as cockroach nymphs or even beetles.

In this case, you would need to be sure if your place has been infested with bed bugs to quickly take action and prevent an infestation that can get out of control in a matter of just a number of weeks!

The situation can be more challenging with bed bug surviving for up to a year without a meal. An infestation can happen quickly as an adult female bed bug lays an average of 5 eggs per day which is about 200 to 500 eggs in her lifetime.

Knowing the signs of bed bugs is critical to adequately and accurately identify the pest. As they usually come out at night, typically an hour before dawn, it is quite not possible to see a bed bug coming out to bite you when you are already sleeping.

Correct identification by a professional and trained pest controller can help to identify the bed bug pest quickly especially when you are experiencing red and swollen bites on the body.

2. Choose Your Method

DIY or Professional?

When it comes to getting rid of bed bugs, DIY solutions typically prove to be ineffective and risk re-infestations.

This is because bed bugs shelter in the narrowest of gaps such as seams of mattresses, bed frames or behind furniture. Most of the time, many of them faced hassles and stresses dealing with an infestation.

Did you know? Bed bugs don't just live and hide in bedrooms. They can be found anywhere in the house!

  • DIY bed bug treatment (not recommended)

    If you decide to control bed bugs on your own, there are a few steps you can take straight away to try and manage the problem. 

    How to get rid of bed bugs yourself 

    1. Inspect - check bed bug hot spots such as mattress seams, bed frames, headboards, along the edge of carpets, and nearby furniture (cabinets, drawers, armchairs, sofas) for live insects. 
    2. Wash - wash infested bedding at a high temperature of 60℃ for ideally 90 minutes. 
    3. Heat - If possible, place items into a tumble dryer for minimum 30 minute cycle. 
    4. Vacuum - vacuum your bed, mattress, and any area near to where you have spotted bed bugs. Use the hose attachments to clean along walls and around edges. Afterwards, empty your vacuum into an outside bin. 

    Although these steps can help to control the problem, they do not guarantee to remove bed bugs completely. The most effective solution for complete bed bug removal is by an expert pest control professional.

  • The essential "dos and don'ts" after a trip

    Bed bugs are known to be closely related to travelling due to various factors. An adult bed bug is approximately 5mm long, and makes it easy for them to hide at back of headboards mounted on walls, mattresses, box springs and baseboards easily. They are fond of fabrics and upholsteries, such as curtains and sofas, and thus, these common hideouts are usually targeted in rooms locally or internationally.

    You could easily transport one of it back home after a travel.

    The "Dos"

    • Perform diligent housekeeping such as washing bedsheets, curtains and clothes in a dryer on high setting. Stuffed toys may also be placed in a hot dryer for 30 minutes
    • Vacuum carpet or fabric drapes and upholstered furniture regularly (dispose vacuum contents immediately and carefully
    • Pull beds away from the wall
    • Remove layer by layer and check for any bed bug on the sheets

    The "Don'ts"

    • Place luggage on or near to your bed
    • Place dirty and clean linens together
    • Move furniture or beds (to avoid moving and spreading the proximity of bed bugs)

  • Benefits of a Professional Bed Bug Control Service

    How To Get Rid of Bed Bugs in Your Home

    Enhanced Bed Bug Control Program - The program consists of inspection and residual spraying on commonly infested areas such as wall skirtings, carpeted areas, furniture joints, cracks or crevices, bed frames and corner of mattresses.

    To ensure adequate protection, steam treatment is also recommended to eliminate adult bed bugs, larvae and eggs. The system is able to to treat sensitive areas that involve direct skin contact such as allergy. It is safe and environmentally friendly, thus enhancing the level of safety.

    Rentokil service technicians are extensively trained, skilled and experienced professionals. They understand the habits of bed bugs and use their knowledge to choose the correct control methods and materials to develop an effective management programme.

    You can prevent the problem from turning into a costly, disruptive and time consuming epidemic.

    How To Get Rid of Bed Bugs in Your Business

    As part of our service, we offer a proactive inspection service as required depending on situation to reduce future risks. Our recommendation is to inspect all high risk areas of your business, the exact details will be agreed with you.

    Staff Training
    Early detection of bed bugs is essential to quick and effective treatment. No one is better placed for identifying bed bugs in a hotel than your housekeeping staff. As part of our bed bug treatment programme, our experts will train your staff (upon request) on looking for signs of bed bugs - before they end up in a review on a travel site!

    High Risk Bed Bug Businesses 
    You should consider a proactive approach to bed bug control if your business offers accommodation or provides transportation. These environments are considered the main sources for harbouring and spreading bed bugs:

    Hospitality - hotels, guest houses, hostels 

    The best defence for your business is early detection of common bed bug signs as bed bug problem can spread very quickly and if left uncontrolled can put your business in jeopardy of loss of revenue, reputation or even forced closure. The presence of bed bugs also poses a high risk of distressing bites for you and your customers.

  • How To Choose your Pest Control Professional

    To find the right professional pest control company, you need to ensure the entire organization, as well as the pest control technicians are able to fulfill key criteria.

    You should expect the same level of competence and duty of care as provided by any other professional service provider.

    A good pest partner should be able to anticipate and answer all your health and safety concerns. Services and treatments should be tailored to suit your needs as much as possible.

    Crucially a professional should also respect your home, property or business site and operate with the greatest care and attention. He or she should be able to voice any challenges or restrictions right from the start. Equally, as a customer, you should always feel able to voice any concerns and ask as many questions as you need to.

    Key criteria for Selection:

    1. Certifications - licenses and certifications will demonstrate that your treatments are carried out to the highest industry standard practices. 
    2. Affiliated associations - membership of recognized industry associations such as National Pest Management Association will ensure your services are provided by a trained, insured and trusted company, which has to comply with strict membership criteria. 
    3. Personal recommendations - even today, word-of-mouth and personal recommendations can be more powerful than a company’s own word. Speak to neighbors, peers, friends or family to find out about customer satisfaction. 
    4. Transparency - complete honesty and transparency early-on regarding the cost, level and duration of treatment required will help you see if the company is reliable. 
    5. Expertise & experience - a well established, recognized company can offer a peace of mind in the services provided and its relationship with customers.

3. Take Prompt Action with Us

Contact Rentokil today to get rid of your bed bug problem and eliminate any stress or pest concerns you have in your home or business.

Benefit from a range of services and complete protection offered by a leading pest control company. Join thousands of satisfied customers throughout Hong Kong.

4. Preparation Prior to Bedbug Service Treatment

  • Remove all bed linen, pillowcases, bed covers, curtains, and sofa covers. Place them in large plastic bags and double knot. Do this in the same room where bed bugs have been found so that they are not transported to another room. Wash in hot water temperature above 60。 C and dry using the hottest dry cycle available.
  • Take the bed frame apart for inspection and treatment. You may also have to dismantle other items during the treatment so be prepared for this or have a contractor standing by.
  • Make the room perimeter accessible for inspection and treatment by moving items away from the walls to the center of the room
  • Remove pictures, clocks, posters and other wall hangings for inspection and treatment
  • Make sure locked rooms and closets are emptied and open for bedbug inspection and bedbug treatment.
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Why Choose Rentokil?

  • Global Leader with Local Expertise - Rentokil pest control headquarter was founded in London in 1925 as a trusted worldwide provider of pest control solutions for over 90 years. Rentokil Hong Kong has started pest control business since 1964.

  • Experienced and Professionally Trained Technicians - All our Service Technicians are licensed professionals who have extensive pest knowledge with over 50 years of experience and are strictly trained comply with standardized service procedures.

  • Operational Excellence - We have provided extensive service coverage with over 200 professional experts for efficient response and effective solutions.

  • Expert Knowledge - Our pest experts are periodically provided with continuous training programmes, to ensure that their pest knowledge is up-to-date.

  • Targeted Treatments - Our extensive pest knowledge means we can provide you with targeted and effective treatment while we understand your challenges.

  • Site Risk Assessment - Completed in compliance with Rentokil pest control requirement to ensure that all treatments carried out in your premises are conducted in a safe manner.

  • Quality Assurance - We are committed to delivering optimal quality service by regular quality inspection at customers' premises. Besides, all pesticides used are approved by Hong Kong Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation Department.

  • Value Added Service - We have periodically provided specialist training to customers'employees with pest management recommendations.

  • *Service coverage will be subject to the final agreement signed with the client

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