Are Bed Bugs Bugging You?

Bed Bug Treatment Chesterfield.

Bed bugs are commonly associated with a lack of cleanliness but in fact, are found in the most pristine of homes. Bed bugs can thrive anywhere and as people travel around, these bedbugs can hop onto anything to hitch a ride. They can remain happily undetected on clothes and bags while you travel around.

Bedbugs feed on blood from humans and warm-blooded animals. It’s hard to get rid of bedbugs as they are tiny and can hide away in the smallest of crevices.

Bedbugs are an increasing issue in hotel rooms, student accommodation, care homes and apartments, as once established they can move easily between rooms.


Bedbugs are small and typically live in cracks and crevices of bed frames or other furniture. If you are considering buying second-hand furniture be careful that you’re not getting more for your money than you expected.

Bed Bugs are Difficult to Find.

The most difficult problem associated with bedbug control is their ability to hide deep in any crevices they find in mattresses and even headboards making them easily undetected. This means that inspecting for these pests can be quite challenging if you do not know where exactly to look and what signs to look out for.

Because bed bugs are so small and at first glance could be a speck of dirt or a crumb of food, the first you are likely to know of them is the tell-tale bites when you wake up in the morning.


These blood-sucking creatures are most active at night so you may not notice them during the day. You’ll notice them when you wake up in the morning itching. You will likely have spots on your torso, arms and legs or they can appear as raised wheals. When the bedbug bites you it injects a chemical to make the blood flow so that it can feed easily. This chemical includes an anti coagulant so that the blood doesn’t clot too quickly and an anaesthetic so that you don’t feel it immediately. That’s why you don’t tend to wake up in the night when they bite you, only feeling it in the morning when the anaesthetic has worn off.

This would be horrendous if they were large bugs but fortunately because they are tiny, the chemicals are minute amounts that cannot do lasting damage.

Children and Pets May Give the First Clue ABout Bed Bugs.

If you have pets who sleep with you or small children bedbugs will become evident as the animals and babies wake up in the morning expressing their discomfort. If your baby or toddler is crying for no apparent reason, bedbugs might be the problem. Dogs and cats are more likely to be seen scratching or chasing their tails.

Dog with fleas

How to Check for Suspected Bed bugs.

If a potential bedbug infestation is suspected, then check for these telltale signs for bedbugs:

  • Holes from moulting shells that look similar to a black dot on white paper due to their burnt shell remains.
  • Dark spots from dried blood on sheets or mattresses.
  • A sweet, musty odour coming from crevices and cracks where bed bugs live.
  • Sightings of rusty reddish-brown dots on your sheets or mattress caused by the bedbugs feeding on your skin irritation. These bites can also lead to the appearance of skin rashes on some people who are particularly sensitive to these bites.

Hiding places where bedbugs can be found include:

  • Inside and behind headboards.
  • Among the box springs of the bed.
  • Inside frames, drawers or furniture joints.
  • Underneath loose wallpaper near bedposts or corners of rooms.
  • In clothes, toys or books that are by the bed.
  • The top seams or tufts of mattresses as well as creases in sheets and blankets. You will also find them nestled in the mattress seams, which provide a perfect channel for them.

Facts About Bedbugs.

If we weren’t so repulsed by the idea of bedbugs feeding on our skin in the night, they might actually be interesting.
The female bed bug is an amazing tiny creature. She can lay up to three eggs per day throughout her adult life cycle of several months. These tiny yellowish-white eggs are vase-shaped and laid in the safe places where these bugs rest between blood meals. They don’t actually reside on people and pets, preferring the cracks and crevices of any fabric available.


The life of a bed bug starts as eggs and hatches within ten days. As the temperature falls below 14 °C (57 °F), eggs become non-viable. These eggs cannot grow into proper adults unless given blood meals at each of five life stages along the way. They only feed in darkness and warmth in the presence of carbon dioxide, which is why they are most likely to attack at night when you are asleep.
Although the eggs will die very quickly if they are not fed, the adults can survive for several weeks or even months without feeding.

Treating Bedbugs Yourself.

Because people feel ashamed of bedbugs, they often try to treat the problem themselves. We understand that, but really, we have carried out bed bug treatment so often that we know that infestations are not caused by a lack of cleanliness. Don’t suffer for any longer than you have to.
You can have a go at treating bedbugs yourself, but quite often, we are told that even after thoroughly cleaning, our clients didn’t feel confident that they had cleared all of the bedbugs, so they preferred to call us to make sure.
Bedbugs are killed with intense cold or high heat. 115° F(46°C) or 32°F (Less than 0°C).

If you want to try yourself, start with the following:

  1. Strip the beds and wash all of the linen on the hottest cycle. Seal up everything tightly in plastic bags while you’re waiting for the next washing cycle.
  2. If an item can’t be washed, put it in the tumble dryer on the highest heat setting for 30 minutes. Clothes also need to be washed if you suspect they could have come into contact with an area infected with bugs.
  3. Books, toys and cushions near beds may also need to be treated. It can be heartbreaking to get rid of some of these items, so if you can’t, vacuum them thoroughly, seal them in plastic bags and put them in the freezer for four days.
  4. Vacuum everything thoroughly. That includes the bed, bedding, carpets, walls, skirting boards and furniture. Pay particular attention to areas with dark crevices, such as between the edge of the carpet and the skirting board.
  5. If you have drawers under the bed, you’ll need to take those out and make sure you hoover every millimetre and into the corners with a small nozzle.
  6. The bedbugs will thrive in a hoover bag, so make sure that you securely seal the bag in plastic before disposing of it and thoroughly clean the vacuum.
  7. Once you have vacuumed, go over everything again with a steam cleaner.
  8. Once you have cleaned everything possible, you can get bedbug-proof covers to cover the mattress and box springs. These starve the bedbugs, so after a couple of months, you may be able to remove them and hoover again to get rid of any bug carcasses.

There are insecticides on the market specifically designed to treat bed bugs, but we do not want to recommend treating anything with chemicals that may be harmful.


Seek Medical Advice for Allergies.

If you suffer from any type of allergic reaction other than the simple bite, seek medical advice. Allergic reactions are not limited to skin conditions and may also include changes in breathing, especially if asthmatic.

What if It’s Not Bedbugs?

Typically, if you are bitten in the night, the problem does prove to be a bedbug infestation. However, there are other species of mites that present similarly. It’s not always your furry friends that cause the problem. Fleas can also be brought in by unwanted animals such as rats and mice – meaning you may have a double infestation on your hands.


Bird Mites.

Did you know that you can also be infested with fleas from birds nesting nearby? These fleas are called bird mites or chicken mites. They usually live on bird skin, but if they find their way into your home, they’ll happily feed on your skin too. You may mistake them for bed bugs.

Bat bugs.

Bat bugs are the most similar to bedbugs. They are similar in size and colour, but you will see that they have longer hairs on the head on closer inspection. They do bite, but only if there are no bats around. If you have bats in the eaves, you will probably have heard them. If not, it’s probably bedbugs.

Spider Beetles.

Spider beetles don’t look like bedbugs, and they don’t bite. These are more likely to be found in unsanitary conditions. They are most often found in wooden structures.


Booklice are a creamy brown and look more like termites. They don’t bite, but their dead bodies in dusty areas may be a contributor to asthma. They are often found in areas of high humidity, which can cause damp books. These damp books are attractive to the booklice because they become dehydrated.

Carpet Beetles.

Carpet beetles usually come in on fresh flowers and make their home in the carpet. They do not bite but are known to cause skin reactions due to allergies. You may find bald patches on the carpet under the bed.


Fleas have long legs and are usually bought in by pets. Their bites are very itchy and can be a carrier of a variety of diseases.

How Protecta Pest Control Can Help You?

Our response time for attending to bedbug infestations is quick. We know that you don’t want to live with them for another minute, so we will make you a priority and send someone the same day.
We have various treatments depending on the severity of the infestation and what type of bug it is.

Call us on 07398674924. There is no call-out fee, so if you are unhappy with anything our expert says, you don’t have to proceed. We will typically start treatment there and then so that you can get a good night’s sleep free of getting nipped by these nasty critters.

Luckily for you, we have the knowledge and tools to deal with all types of pests in your home or business. Using traditional and more modern bug and flea control methods, we can eliminate the infestation efficiently and effectively. We will also find out where the problem stemmed from to determine whether any additional treatment is required for other pests such as rodents.

Protecta Pest Control Trusted Trader Derbyshire
Martin Gregory

Martin (Gregg) Gregory

Gregg has been working with land control and pests for over 40 years. He is passionate about animals and the protection of our wildlife.

You'll always find him to be friendly and helpful.


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