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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.

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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 10 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, you have two basic options: DIY or hire a professional.

The DIY option 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, bedframes or behind furniture. Most of the time, many of them faced hassles and stresses dealing with an infestation.

The professional option requires you to find your local pest control company in Sri Lanka to get rid of bed bugs problem for you. Expert advices by trained pest specialists help you to understand control methods best suited for each individual pest biology.

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

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 o get rid of bed bugs in your home

Enhanced Bbed 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 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 (includes: hotels, guest houses and hostels)
  • Offices
  • Healthcare

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. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. Expertise & experience - a well established, recognized company can offer a peace of mind in the services provided and its relationship with customers.

Why use Rentokil

With Rentokil Pest Control, you can be assured of complete pest protection.

Our focus on control solutions will ensure complete removal of your pest problem. At the same time, our approach to pest protection will help your home or business remain pest-free long-term.

We have been providing pest control services globally to both homes and businesses for more than 90 years, our expertise in the industry should reassure you of the quality of our service and our expertly trained pest control technicians.

  • We tailor our products to target pests by species.
  • We customize our solutions based on the uniqueness of your home, building or business premises - recognizing that every pest problem is different.
  • We use advanced solutions approved by industry governing bodies - helping to ensure reliability and success.
  • Our large network of entomologists and field biologists support the services and products used by our technicians on-site.

3. Take action

Contact Rentokil today to get rid of your bed bugs 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 Sri Lanka.

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