How To Prevent Bed Bugs

No one wants to be that person who has bed bugs in their furniture, especially if you’re one to invite guests over. Bed bugs are small insects that can bite, and can be itchy, but do not usually cause any other health problems. They’re just annoying, and unsanitary.

Make sure it’s bed bugs

Bed bugs can be dark yellow, red, or brown and adults can grow to be around 5mm long which is visible to the naked eye. Bed bugs can be found in many places across the home:

  • Under loose wallpaper
  • Behind picture frames
  • Furniture and soft furnishings
  • Clothing
  • Mattresses
  • Bed frames

If you notice bites on areas exposed while sleeping (such as the face, neck and arms), spots of blood on your bedding which can be from the bites themselves or from squashing a bug, or small brown spots on bedding or furniture (bed bug waste) then these may be signs of bed bugs.

Preventing bed bugs

It’s important to keep your living areas clean. While bed bugs can be found in both clean and dirty places, keeping on top of cleaning your home will help you spot them early. Hoovering, mopping, and using the correct cleaning wipes, sprays and liquids is recommended.

If you are concerned your bedding or clothing has been affected, you can wash the fabrics in a hot wash (60ºC) and/or tumble dry on a hot setting for at least 30 mins. An alternative to a hot wash is to put the affected items in a plastic bag, and leave in a freezer (-16ºC) for at least 4 days.

Do not keep clutter around your bed, and do not bring second hand furniture indoors without carefully inspecting it first. If you have come from somewhere you know or suspect there were bed bugs, do not take luggage or clothing into your home.

Bed bugs can be resistant to some insecticides, so it’s important you contact your local pest control service if you find it difficult to get rid of the bed bugs by yourself.

Why You May Notice More Spiders In A Few Weeks

Autumn is upon us, and spooky season is near. However, unless you’re a massive fan you really don’t want to think about what will be crawling out of the woodwork.

Spiders move around more in Autumn, which means you’re more likely to see one of our 8 legged friends soon, because the males are trying to find a mate.

Arachnophobes up and down the country will be uncomfortably waiting for the creepy crawlies to go back into hiding, and for those who will be joining in with screaming for their partners to move the spiders the good news is spider season doesn’t usually last for long and should be over by the end of October.

Sightings increase once summer is over as this is when the males begin to try and find a mate, with research suggesting males make up around 80% of the arachnids spotted.

Despite articles released recently suggesting otherwise, there is no clear evidence that this year’s warm yet wet summer has increased the number of spiders you are going to see.

Should spiders, or other pests cause you more trouble than they have legs, contact Holmes Pest Control today. We’re experts in pest control in East Grinstead, and we work swiftly and effectively to rid premises of all shapes and sizes of animal invaders.