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     Bedbug treatment & extermination:

Below we have outlined the various stages and processes that make a full bed bug treatment. Of course some of the stages require fully trained professionals, but you definitely play an important role in the overall treatment and maintenance of a bed bug free environment. We can't do our job effectively without your help!
    So you've spotted a bedbug bite!

The first thing to remember is that your main priority is to contain the bed bugs in one place. This will aid the speed and efficiency at which the bed bug treatment is carried out. As tempting as it may be, dragging your duvet through the house and sleeping on the sofa will only spread the bedbug infestation to the lounge and sofa area, along with the hallways and stairs. When bedding needs to be washed at high temperatures (which is part of the process), we provide a dissolvable laundry sack to transport your bedding through the house to the washing machine. Accordingly, it is better to let the professionals take over as soon as possible to avoid making the problem worse.
    Bed bug inspection:

The very first step of any treatment needs to start with an in-depth but very careful inspection to ascertain firstly if there is an active infestation and secondly the scale and locations of the infestation, all the while being conscious to limit the possibility of dispersal and spreading. Before the inspection takes place, the occupant needs to be made aware of what the inspection will involve. This will usually include a full inspection of the whole bedroom, including cupboards and drawers. It may be necessary to remove headboards, lift carpets and dismantle some items. Some light damage may be required through the removal of fabric bases of divan beds or sofas. Occupants will also need to be made aware that access to the room will be restricted during and immediately after treatment. They should also be advised of their role during and after the treatment process, they should be educated on how to avoid re-introducing bedbugs to the property. The occupant will also be made aware that they should not attempt to remove items from the room before the technician undertakes his inspection, as this can spread bedbugs and cause them to disperse. Through this inspection, the technician will Identify the scale of the infestation and formulate a treatment plan.

    Preparation for bed bug treatment:

Preparation is crucial in the facilitation of the treatment process, the amount of preparation will depend on the severity of the bedbug infestation and will most likely involve the removal of bedding, soft furnishings and clothes from the immediate affected area for laundering. Books may need to be removed from shelves and drawers may need to be emptied. Divan beds will need to be upturned and the fabric bases removed to allow access and it may be necessary to temporarily dismantle wooden beds and other items of furniture.


Bedbugs and their eggs are very sensitive to heat and can be killed at temperatures above 45˚C. Therefore laundering at temperatures above 45˚C is one of the most effective chemical free ways to eradicate bedbugs from bedding, clothes and soft furnishings. Care must be taken to not spread the bedbug infestation while transferring items from infested rooms to the washing machine. Accordingly we prefer to use dissolvable laundry bags for the transportation of infested items. Infested linen and clothing should be washed at 60˚C to ensure a 100% kill rate. 40˚C washes have been shown to kill some adult stage bedbugs but have proven ineffective against eggs.

*please note that tumble drying has also been proven effective against bedbugs but a cycle time of 30 minutes is required for already dry clothes with a further 30 minutes extra required for wet clothes.
    Chemical spray treatment:

COSHH legislation states that chemical treatment of pests should only be used once all other treatment options have been considered and discounted. But the fact is that non-chemical solutions are not currently capable of controlling bedbug infestations. And accordingly all relevant governing bodies have acknowledged and continue to promote the safe use of pesticides as the preferred treatment for the extermination of bedbugs. In accordance with these governing bodies and best practice, a COSHH assessment needs to be carried our prior to any treatment involving the use of chemicals. This document will take into account factors such as weather a pesticide is even required at all, property location and environment, formulation of proposed insecticide, quantities to be applied, control measures to prevent access into the treatment area and emergency contact details. Over recent years it has been noted that bed bug populations have developed a resistance to the most common and traditional classes of insecticide (namely phrethroids and carbamates). But due to improvements in their formulation and synergists, pyrethroid and carbamate based products still continue to be effective against resistant populations.
    Re-application of bedbug spray treatment:

Depending on the insecticide applied and the level of insecticide resistance in the population, it may be necessary to apply a second or even a third treatment. Since eggs are more resistance to insecticides than any other lifecycle stage, the minimum interval time between treatments should be guided by the egg hatching time, which in turn is influenced by temperature. A two week interval will usually be sufficient for all the eggs to hatch, however longer intervals may be required in particularly cooler climates.
    Post treatment procedure:

Following treatment, you will be advised not to re-enter the room until the chemical treatment has dried. You will be advised to not vacuum or wash floors & upholstery for at least 2 weeks. It is also advised that once treatment has been successful and your bedbug infestation has been successfully treated, all signs of infestation should be removed (e.g. dead bedbugs, feacal spotting, husks etc..) to avoid confusion in the future with a previous historical infestation.


Booking your appointment:

Eradicate your bed bug problem today by using one of our fully trained and experienced bed bug technicians. Simply call us now and speak to a member of our bookings team on our 24 hour booking line: 0207 112 8366 or just send us an email at bookings@bedbugdoctor.co.uk. All our technicians have unmarked vans and unbranded uniforms so you can be assured of a very discreet service.

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Areas covered:

As speed is of the essence when dealing with bed bugs, we aim to start your treatment as soon as possible (depending upon existing bookings). We have teams of professionals ready to deploy within the London and M25 area, all fully trained and experienced.


















Corporate rates:

Bed Bug Doctor Ltd specialise in the extermination, detection and preventative treatment of bed bugs for hotels, youth hostels, shops and care homes. To get a quote and arrange an on-site visit, please contact us on 0207 112 8366 or just send us an email at bookings@bedbugdoctor.co.uk

** Landlords and letting agents get special pricing too, get in touch and find out what we can do for you today.


















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180-186 Kings Cross Rd,

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