Vacuuming bedding and soft furnishing to reduce and prevent a bed bugs infestation from spreading

Prevent and Avoid Bed Bugs

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How to Prevent Bed Bugs

It’s not just the bites that make you feel uncomfortable if you have an infestation of bed bugs. But the simple fact is that it can be very easy to bring bed bugs into your home or work place without realising it. Rest assured, an outbreak does not reflect on your standards of cleanliness in any way.

Bed Bug Infestation?

If bed bugs have found their way into your home or business, all you need to do is give Rentokil a call and we’ll do the rest.

  1. Free site survey at your property
  2. Innovative and safe chemical-free treatment by our BPCA certified technicians
  3. Follow-up visits until problem is solved.

Bed Bug Prevention Tips

Here are a number of simple steps you can take to reduce your chances of facing an unwelcome outbreak of bed bugs:

At Home

  • Wash and dry clothes at the highest possible temperatures.

  • Eliminate clutter in your house to give bed bugs fewer places to hide.

  • Avoid spreading bed bugs to your friends and family by not taking any clothes, suitcases or furniture to their homes.

  • Tidy all areas of your bedroom, especially the floor around/underneath your bed and bed-side cabinets.

  • Vacuuming can greatly reduce the size of the bed bug population, but only when they’re clearly visible. It cannot guarantee total elimination. (Empty and clean the vacuum to avoid transferring eggs to other rooms.)

  • Use DIY products, to help eliminating some bed bugs – it’s a good start but shouldn’t be relied on to get rid of the problem completely.

When Travelling

  • Check hotel bed linen and mattresses for live bed bugs, small dark bloodspots and a distinctive sweet and sickly smell.

  • Avoid putting your suitcase on the bed.

  • Hang clothes in a wardrobe rather than use drawers.

  • Store suitcases in the garage between trips.

How Rentokil Can Help

Use a professional solution like Rentokil’s award winning professional 'chemical free' Entotherm heat treatment to quickly and safely eliminate an infestation. A range of other solutions are also available.

High levels of hygiene, deep cleaning and the use of DIY bed bug spray products will help to kill some bed bugs, however professional treatment is needed to completely eliminate infestations.

Why prevention is important:

  1. Bed bugs can easily move from house to house through wall or floor cavities
  2. Bed bugs spread quickly, so infestations need to be treated sooner rather than later
  3. Some people think sunlight can kill bed bugs.  Heat does kill them but it needs to be quite high (around 50 degrees) and over a sustained period – so it’s very unlikely with UK weather!