Manchester City Council

Environmental problems Identify the pest

Bed bugs

Common bedbug actual size 4-5mm

General information:
Bedbugs are small blood-sucking insects that crawl out at night and feed on blood, sometimes producing itchy red bumps one to nine days later. They are generally found in mattresses and bed frames; however, they can be passively transported in clothing, or in luggage and furniture. Once introduced into a building, bedbugs can spread easily from room to room.

Product information:
All the insecticides we use are biodegradable and are of very low toxicity to people and animals.

Treatment of bedbugs:
Before a bedbug treatment can begin a free survey is carried out by a Pest Control Technician. If bedbugs are identified in your home then prior to treatment commencing your preparation instructions are provided. This preparation must be carried out by yourself or the treatment can not take place.

On visiting, we will treat the affected areas, including cupboards, wardrobes, and work surfaces, only if they have been cleared. A residual insecticide will be used; when dried, this will be toxic to the bedbugs for several weeks. Do not wash or vacuum the treated area for at least seven days, as this will remove the insecticide. Seeing one or two bed bugs after an area has been treated is very common. If a large number of bedbugs are still present after 21 days, a revisit may be necessary, which is free, please contact us.

We treat to control the bedbugs inside the premises. However, due to the nature of the bedbugs, we cannot guarantee to eradicate them completely but will return within 28 days if you inform us they have returned.

Safety information:

  • Keep children and pets away from the insecticide and the treated area(s) and do not allow the insecticide yo come into contact with the mouth;
  • If the insecticidal dust is eaten or gets in the mouth, wash out the mouth of the affected person with water and keep them still. Do not try to induce vomiting. Get immediate medical advice;
  • If the insecticidal dust is inhaled, move to fresh air, and obtain medical advice;
  • If skin comes into contact with insecticidal dust, it should be rinsed with soap and water;
  • If the insecticidal dust gets into the eyes, rinse with clean running water for 15 minutes and obtain medical advice;
  • If insecticidal dust is eaten or affects domestic animals, obtain veterinary advice;
  • If clothing or soft materials have been in contact with the treated area, the items should be cleaned following the manufacturer’s instructions;
  • If polished or non-absorbent surfaces come into contact with the treated area, clean as normal; or
  • If the insecticide comes into contact with plants, it should not damage them as the product is completely biodegradable. If there is contact with edible plants, these plants should not be eaten.

If you have a problem with bed bugs, we can help.

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