This is an adaptable and evolving insect, one that has been around for thousands of years since mankind started colonising the earth and living in groups. An insect which can be difficult to treat effectively. Pest Purge has a lot of experience dealing with bedbugs for home owners, letting agents and hoteliers. We are successful at treating this pest because we are thorough. First of all an inspection is required to determine the extent of the infestation before an initial treatment can be carried out. Often a single treatment can be effective in eradicating the pest but in some cases a follow up treatment is required. How do you know if you have bedbugs? You will be lying in bed and you will get bitten. The bedbug will be attracted to the warmth from your body and the carbon dioxide you breathe out, it will climb up the bedframe, onto the mattress and then onto you, to feed and drink your blood (most likely waking you up and disturbing your sleep). Once they have finished doing this they will move away and rest up during the day somewhere dark and quiet, to repeat the trip again when they are hungry. They are tiny and hard to see, like the size of a lentil. To spot the nymphs you should call in the experts to confirm their presence. Bedbugs are resilient, they can live for around eleven months in a bedroom, sitting dormant waiting for someone to sleep on the bed and then out they will come to feed. If there is no one in the room they will sit and wait. Bedbugs, when they get going, can multiply very quickly. An adult female can lay 500 eggs in her lifetime; she will lay 2-3 eggs a day. In six months in the right conditions a single bedbug can turn a room into an infestation, with around 8,000 adults living in or on your bed. Pest Purge will advise you on the best course of action, we can advise you if your bed (mattress and base) are worth saving or replacing. If an infestation is left too long, the bedbugs may have crawled inside the mattress or be living inside the bed frame, damaged and second hand bedroom furnishings will mean a greater chance the bedbugs have gained a foothold and will be harder to get rid of. Luckily Pest Purge use the latest professional insecticides to treat them, we understand about the different chemical compositions that can be used and resistance issues that the bedbugs develop, which will ensure a greater likelihood of success when treating them. The key thing to remember is that if you suspect you are getting bitten and there are rashes on your skin or blood spots on the sheets, call in the professionals quickly. Pest Purge will be able to reassure you and organise an effective treatment strategy with some advice about how to deal with them immediately. This is one bedroom pest that requires treating quickly. Pheromone monitors and bedbug proof mattress covers can also be supplied to ensure that the insect is eradicated completely. Sleep tight!