Monday, 23 March 2015

Need Bed Bug Control London

Bed Bug Control London

Hi, welcome to Bed bugs London.

Do you need bed bug control London? If so, we are here to help. 

Wherever you live in London or Kent or Essex, we can provide you with bed bug removal treatments and support from start to finish. Our expert bed bug removal treatments will have your home free of bedbugs quickly and most importantly safely. 

If you need bed bug control London you are going to not only need a good bed bugs company but also the correct information on Room Preparation. Preparation is key to an effective treatment. 

We provide bed bug control London to homes, hotels and hostels and these services are available to tenants, landlords, housing associations and letting agents. 

Contact us today if you need bed bug control London or for advice and help. If you are suffering from an infestation of bed bugs it probably isn't as bad as you think it is and often easily eradicated if you deal with the issue fast. Do not try self help d.i.y bed bug treatments as these often make an infestation worse by spreading the bed bugs. Leave it to the professionals. 

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We have over 10 years experience of carrying out bed bug control London and this knowledge and having dealt with all levels of infestations is invaluable. When selecting a bed bug control company you should not only focus on cost but experience, reviews, how they are to communicate with and the support on offer from start to total bed bug eradication. To see our reviews follow the contact us link above,

So if you need bed bug control London get in touch today and have the treatment done right first time. We will treat all items in the infested area and our treatments are detailed and in depth, It takes as long as it take per visit to ensure that the bed bugs are removed. No rush jobs, no 15 minute treatments.

Please read the other posts on bed bugs London for more great information and advice on all things bed bugs. 

Wednesday, 4 March 2015

Bed Bug Treatments in 2015

Bed Bug Treatments in 2015

So, Bed bug treatments in 2015, the latest post on the Bed Bugs London blog.
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A Bed Bug, Eggs and Excrement.

What does this year have in store for me? I have started to see a little increase in calls already for bed bug treatments in 2015 and if last year is anything to go by it will a busy year and probably worse than 2014, as that was of 2013.

As the holiday season gets closer people are planning their holidays, family and friends are making arrangements to travel and visit each other and so bed bugs will once again start their never ending journey around the world!

So if you are one of those people planning a trip somewhere or even having people visit yourself then try to make sure you know the signs of bed bugs so to prevent picking them up. You can find good posts on the signs of bed bugs if your scroll through the blog, what to look for and what not. Also little tips like when you first enter your hotel, turn the heat up full. Bed bugs hate heat, if they are there and you leave the heat up for a while they will crawl.

Remember bed bugs can hold onto pretty much anything, take care with where you put your cases and personal items and check them before leaving, You can see from the picture above how small the eggs are so be thorough,

I should imagine most people reading this Bed Bugs London blog will be in contact with me for advice at some point or perhaps one of my bed bug treatments in 2015 if you are already here. I say to you, do not panic. In all my years of carrying out bed bug control in London I can tell you things are rarely as bad as they seem. Unless you have already tried various d.i.y bed bug treatments such as smoke you buy online, in which case you have probably already made the infestation worse by spreading it and making things that little more challenging for myself!

If you are reading this blog for the first time I will be posting more as the year goes by and I feel there are things that are important for people to know, like changes to how I like people to prepare their rooms for bed bug treatments, or some useful pictures or advice. 

Bed Bugs London

Bed Bugs London

Anything I write I do so to try and assist people whether I hear from you or not. I hope it helps. You may not agree with everything I write but it is what I see, do and have experienced in all my years in bed bug control. I am not a suit sitting behind a desk I am out there carrying out these treatments and coming across all levels of bed bug infestations in London in all property types and dealing with straight forward infestations as well as the most extreme types of infestations. 

If you do need further bed bug advice, or bed bug control in London then feel free to contact me.

Remember, preparation is everything but do not take infested items from one room to another. 

Do not take old items home that you find outside someones house, usually that is a sign of bedbugs.

Do not leave a bed bug issue any longer than needed, they can reproduce and overrun a property quickly.

Please do comment and share the Bed bugs London blog, I do like feedback and feel free to ask any questions if you need help. 

I am also on Twitter, if you follow I will follow back and help you if I can.

Thank you for reading Bed Bugs London.

Tuesday, 7 October 2014

Bed Bug Spray Treatment

Bed Bug Spray Treatment

Welcome to Bed Bugs London, an informative blog aimed at providing useful information on bed bugs, bed bug treatments and room preparation among other things.

This post, Bed Bug Spray Treatment is an insight into having bed bug control in your home by method of a spray treatment.

Done correctly a bed bug spray treatment can be the most effective method of bed bug control in London. There are alternative treatments, such as a bed bug heat treatment that is more common in America but this is more difficult in the UK due to how properties are set out in neighborhoods as opposed to in America where properties tend to me more stand alone homes. There is also cost, the cost of a heat treatment is very expensive.

An effective bed bug spray treatment will include treatment of beds, mattresses, furniture such as bedside units, wardrobes and the such like as well as sofas and floors and so on. With this method a good bed bug technician will request that all furniture be empty so that draws can be removed and sprayed as well as beds lifted and wardrobes pulled out and treated.

Bed bug spray Treatment of furniture

Do not confuse a bed bug spray treatment with bed bug spray you may buy from the internet. I never advise d.i.y treatments as they can actually make a bed bug infestation worse and plus the insecticide you are purchasing would be different from what a professional bed bug technician would use.  

After you have had a bed bug spray treatment there will be a period of time when you cannot re enter the treated rooms, typically for between 3-6 hours and then you will be advised of what cleaning is required.

Bed bugs can infest every area of a property, curtains, sofas, cracks and crevices, furniture, clothing, the back of pictures on a wall or books and personal items. The most important thing is to spend time preparing your property correctly. 

Throughout this blog, Bed Bugs London, you will find posts on many useful things from bed bug control London, room preparation and frequently asked bed bug questions.

Thank you for reading. Should you wish for more information on our bed bug control London, inspections or other services contact me.

Wednesday, 16 July 2014

Room Preparation

Room Preparation

Thank you for visiting our Bed Bugs London blog for advice on bed bug control and treatments. If you are about to have a bed bug treatment carried out, then this post, Room Preparation is for you. Follow the advice below to prepare the rooms in your home.

The correct room preparation prior to a bed bug treatment is key to a successful treatment. Any bed bug control treatments being carried out requires certain things to be done beforehand. Here I will take you through those stages. If for some reason there are certain parts you cannot do then do not worry, it can be worked around or contact me if you have any concerns or require further advice.

1. Room Preparation is Beds:

  • If your bed has draws in the base, please ensure these are empty. Anything in those draws is highly likely to have bed bug activity on it. If you have any items of material in them, wash it at 60c or bag it then wash it when you can. Either way, the draws must be empty. 
  • Bedding removed, again, bagged to be washed or straight in the machine at 60c
  • Leave them bed and mattress in place, I will move as I need to.
  • Also, if you curtains overhang your bed they are likely to have bed bug activity in them. These need removing and washing too. 

2. Room Preparation is Furniture:

  • Please have all furniture in the rooms empty. I like to treat all wardrobes, chest of draws, bedside tables. Leave no stone unturned as bed bugs can easily infest furniture. 
  • Clothing, bagged and to be washed at 60c or the highest heat and dried without ruining it. Bags can stay in the room, I can work around the bags. 
  • If you have books in bedside tables we will speak about these, bed bugs love books, dvd cases and things of that sort that they can squeeze into. 
  • Furniture should be moved away from the wall six inches. If this is an issue for you speak to me, it wont be a problem. 
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3. Room Preparation is Floors:

  • Please hoover the floor of the room and ensure that it is free of personal items.
4. Room Preparation is Toys/Teddies:

  • Any toys and teddies or kids items cannot be in the vicinity of any bed bug control treatment or insecticide that is to be used. They must be bagged up. Do not move items from the infested room to other rooms without thorough inspection first. 
5. Room Preparation is Electrics

  • Ensure all plug sockets are switched off and all small electrical items are removed, laptops, games. NOTE - Tvs and dvd, pc's, console players can stay in the room on top of their units, just cover them over. 
6. Room Preparation is Pets:

  • No pets can be in the treated areas. Dogs and cats, aquatic species must all be removed.

Before your bed bug treatment is carried out you will be informed of what is to be done but this rough guide will help you prepare the rooms. You will be informed of what cleaning is required at the time of the initial contact and at the time of the treatment. 

For more information contact me directly or if you would like to know more about our bed bug control in London why not take a read through some of the other posts of visit our website


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Friday, 27 June 2014

Bed Bug Control London

Bed Bug Control London

Welcome to the Bed bugs London blog and this post, Bed bug control London. Hopefully this blog will be of use to you in learning about bed bugs, bed bug treatments in London we offer and other useful posts.

Do you require bed bug control London, UK?  Then let me tell you a little more about what you can expect from us and our bed bug treatments. 

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Our services, such as inspections or Bed bug control London always start with a discussion. We like to see if it is clear as to how you got bed bugs and speak to you about your property and preparation.

Maybe you have been on holiday, travelling or maybe you have stayed in a hotel or even had people stay over at your home. 

There are many ways you can bring bed bugs into your home and if we can find the cause it is always helpful especially when looking for eggs. Perhaps you recently obtained a new item of furniture and that is the cause. We would inspect all items in an infested area for eggs as standard but any information we can get at the start is always useful.

If you need bed bug control London the first thing you have more than likely noticed is that there are many companies offering this service. We like to think that we are supportive, informative and leave no stone unturned when carrying out bed bug removal in homes. We provide advice from start until completion.

Our bed bug treatments in London are available to all parts of London. They are also available to homes, hostels and hotels.

Before any bed bug treatment can be carried out there will be a certain amount of preparation you are required to carry out. Things such as clothing, furniture and the condition that the room if required to be in for us to carry out an effective bed bug treatment.

The time required to complete the treatment will vary on the size of the property. It is not a process we rush however. I have heard stories from clients that had used other people beforehand that tell me the technician was done in 10-15 minutes. That I can assure you is not the case. It takes as long as it takes to treat all areas and items correctly. 

Noticed the first signs of bed bugs? Require bed bug control London? Contact Bed Bug Control today!

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  • Treatment of beds and mattresses. 
  • Furniture, wardrobes, chest of draws, bedside units.
  • Floors, cracks, crevices.
  • Inspection of all areas, curtains, shelves, pictures, cupboards in rooms.
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Once a treatment has been carried out you will then need to stay out of the property for a certain amount of time. Upon returning there will be cleaning to do which will be explained to you and written on your report. 

Bed bug infestations often feel worse than they are and can cause stress and anxiety. We see all levels of bed bug infestations and if you act as soon as you notice signs of bed bugs then it can be prevented from becoming a heavy infestation by allowing them time in your home to breed. I would also advise against trying d.i.y treatments such a bed bug bombs or aerosols as these can actually make the issue worse.

If you would like more information then feel free to contact me directly

Tuesday, 10 June 2014

Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions

Hello and welcome to the latest post from Bed Bugs London. This post, frequently asked questions, may answer some of the questions you have or help you understand bed bugs better.

As I have said in many previous posts understanding bed bugs and knowledge of bed bugs will not only assist in the control of them but help you ensure you know the signs to limit the risk of future bed bug infestations.

Frequently asked questions, bed bugs London.
A female bed bug can lay up to 300 eggs in her life time in the right conditions.
Small, 1 mm, white and sticky, these eggs can be difficult to spot to the untrained eye and can be one of the difficulties in eradicating bed bugs due to the places these eggs can be laid. 

Some more frequently asked questions:

  • Can you see bed bugs? Yes, in fact an adult bed bug is similar in size to an apple pip!
  • Will steam kill bed bugs? Yes, but you would need to treat many items accurately to ensure all bugs are eliminated and steam can pose its own challenges and risks. A deep clean with cleaning materials can clear up early infestations by ensuring all carpets, furniture in the room with bed bugs in targeted. 
  • Do bed bugs fly? No.
  • Do bed bugs transmit disease? No, but you can get an infection from scratching bites and breaking the skin.
  • Do bed bugs only live on the bed? No. Bed bugs can be found anywhere you spend a prolonged period of time, bed bugs, sofas, chairs. They can also be found down the side of carpets close to the bed, top of curtains, book shelves, rear of pictures, inside furniture, on items under the bed, tops of walls, rear of bedroom doors, in books and cases, boxes.
  • How long can bed bugs survive with feeding? Tricky one, and best answered up to a year. Bed bugs are cold blooded and in cooler conditions their metabolism will slow down enabling them to live longer. In room temperature, 3-5 months would be more realistic. 
  • Do bed bugs prefer dirty houses? No. Bed bugs can be found in the cleanest homes or hotels, hostels. A bed bug does not care about the condition of a property.
  • Do bed bugs like heat? No. Bed bugs do not even like the heat of our bodies, only sticking around long enough for their feed then moving away. 
  • How are bed bugs spread? Bed bugs are spread on items such as clothing, bags and luggage if you have stayed somewhere that has bed bugs or by someone visiting you that has bed bugs. Also, bed bug infested furniture being brought into a property, beds, sofas, pictures. Holiday and travelling. I have seen cases of people taking items home they found on the street and then becoming infested with bed bugs and even people buying items from internet auction sites that were infested therefore becoming infested themselves.
  • How much are bed bug treatments? That will depend on the bed bug company you use, the amount of bedrooms to be treated, the type of treatment among other things. 
  • How do you prepare for a bed bug treatment? Again, a good bed bug company will take you through preparation requirements in advance, but here is some information from myself on this subject - How to prepare for a bed bug treatment
  • Do I need to stay out of the house during the treatment? Depending on what treatment is done, what that companies procedure is, then possibly yes, you would not be able to re enter treated areas for between 3 - 6 hours at the advice of the pest control or bed bug control company. You will also be instructed on cleaning and what to do/not to do.
If you would like further information or you have other questions please do contact me. I am more than happy to answer any questions and give advice or point you in the right direction for any additional information you may need. 

Bed bugs can cause severe stress and anxiety. There is help available.

Darren Groves

Friday, 23 May 2014

Dealing With Bed Bugs

Dealing With Bed Bugs

In this post on Bed Bugs London, we talk about Dealing With Bed Bugs. I hope to get some feedback in the form of comments from people that have suffered with bed bugs UK or throughout the world.

Id like to hear about how you felt at finding you had bed bugs, at getting the information you needed, perhaps at experiences you had dealing with bed bug companies or from having a bed bug treatment or even some comments from other bed bug professionals giving advice to people who may be dealing with bed bugs. 

Having bed bugs can be extremely stressful for people. I have seen just how bad it can affect people. Much of this stems from the lack of public knowledge of bed bugs and peoples perceptions towards them. It can make people feel dirty, unhygienic or that it is a reflection on their home. None of those are the case.

There is also the lack of sleep, the worry and anxiety and also potentially trying to find the money to pay for bed bug treatments or even trying to find a company you feel are going to provide you with the service you need. Added to all that the stress of preparation, dealing with items that may be infested with bed bugs and it can quickly push people to the point when dealing with bed bugs feels like the worst situation they have ever experienced.

Dealing with bed bugs in your home.
What I really want to see is people given advice to others. Any tips that you can share with someone who is dealing with bed bugs, something you wish someone had told you, something maybe not to do, such as trying d.i.y treatments with fogging and aerosols? As I mentioned earlier the lack of public knowledge is a main factor in why bed bugs thrive, so, comment and share with others anything you think is worth knowing.  

Dealing with bed bugs need not be as stressful as you may think. With the right advice, the right bed bug treatment and the correct preparation of the infested areas then your home can soon be bed bug free again.

I have been providing bed bug control London for many many years and over this time and having various discussions with clients the one thing that always struck me and is what people do not know about bed bugs. I have had people tell me they thought they were invisible, they fly, that they are due to cats and have also been told by people that once you have them you need to move house! Thankfully none of that is true but only goes to show the lack of knowledge about bed bugs and bed bug control.

Lets have your comments. Have you had bed bugs? How long until you were free of them? What advice can you give to others dealing with bed bugs? 

Tuesday, 13 May 2014

Bed Bugs Pictures UK

Bed Bugs Pictures UK

Welcome to my latest Bed Bugs London post, Bed Bugs Pictures UK.

Whatever the reason you are here, be it you are concerned you may have noticed the early signs of a bed bug infestation or you are simply here for some bed bug education, which is great if that is the case by the way, the aim is the same, to provide detailed, informative posts on things that I think you should know regarding bed bugs UK.

In this post, Bed Bugs Pictures UK, I am going to share with you pictures I have taken myself for educational purposes. I am a firm believer that better public education of bed bugs will lead to greater understanding of them and prevention leading to total elimination of bed bugs.

Unfortunately there is plenty of misinformation to be found regarding bed bugs and plenty of bad advice. In

Thursday, 8 May 2014

How To Get Rid Of Bed Bugs

How To Get Rid Of Bed Bugs

How to get rid of bed bugs

If you have been unfortunate enough to find yourself with bed bugs, you more than likely want to know how to get rid of bed bugs.

Although I would always advise that you seek the help of a professional bed bug technician who can inspect, advise and treat your home correctly, you may wish to try and control the problem yourself first. 

Firstly, having bed bugs isn't a reflection on personal hygiene or how clean your home is, so drop that thought if you have it. Understanding bed bugs is part of the key to successfully eliminating them. If this is

Wednesday, 12 March 2014

bed bugs treatment and advice EPB Pest Control

Bed bugs treatment & advice EPB Pest Control

bed bugs treatment advice EPB Pest ControlWelcome. 

In this, our newest post we are really just going to go over a few things that should be of use to and to give you some information, facts or guidance, bed bugs treatment advice EPB Pest Control.

To quote Sun Tzu "To know your enemy, you must become your enemy" Okay, I don't expect you all to try and morph into a bedbug, but what I mean is by understanding bed bugs as much as you can will help you not only locate and eradicate them but go a long way to preventing you ever getting them again!

Monday, 10 February 2014

Bed Bug Removal London

Bed Bug Removal London

In this post, Bed Bug Removal London, I am going to cover what sort of service you can/could expect from EPB Control for bed bug removal. This follows on from our previous post, Bed Bug Inspections - How To. A guide to helping people locate and identify bed bugs in their home. 

Now I am sure many of my regular visitors know that I provide more than just information and advice but for those that are new here, yes, EPB Control aka me, also provide bed bug removal London, Essex and Kent. 

London Bed Bug Removal.

Bed Bug Removal London

So if you are looking for bed bug removal London, read on, if you are only here for the informative side of things you may find this is not what you want to read but there are plenty of other great posts on this blog.

Bed Bug Removal London - EPB Control

EPB Control are requested to carry out several bed bug removal treatments per week, more so over the warmer months when it is pretty much all day everyday. As the reviews will show on our website we are not only effective at this, but friendly, affordable and informative. I/we take our reputation very seriously.

Our bed bug services will always start with an inspection. I like to see the level of infestation, the areas infested, if a previous pest controller has been in and made a mess of things, maybe used an incorrect product and made the problem worse, or perhaps you were mislead by an internet seller and tried a D.I.Y treatment like a bed bug smoke bomb, the wrongly marketed miracle cure (if you believe everything you read). 
My point is, first, I need to ensure that the property is inspected to not only enable effective and safe treatment but to ensure the correct advice is given to you to ensure you understand the preparation needs. 

This is a vital component of an effective bed bug removal treatment. 


Prepare for a bed bug removal treatment will include things like, removing bedding, bagging it to be washed at 60c, possibly removing clothing from wardrobes, chest of draws, moving furniture away from the walls, NOT moving items between rooms, ensuring the room to be treated is tidy, removal of pets/ aquatic species, unplugging of electrical appliances, possible removal of curtains as it is common for bed bugs to nest in the top gathering of curtains that overhang a bed and there are other requirements.


It is not necessary to remove and replace furniture. There are exceptions, when the condition of a particular item of furniture is extremely poor and in need or replacement or where you just cannot bear to keep it. Whatever the reason, IF you are determined to remove furniture you have an obligation to dispose of it correctly. This would include it being sealed/wrapped and labelled. Not left on the street for someone the bed bugs to infest someone else.  

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The process of the bed bug treatment shall not be given away in to much detail here but you can contact me for more information on that via my Google + page or here EPB Control but what I will say is that you will not be able to re enter the rooms for 3 hours after treatment and you will also be given details concerning what to do when you do return in the form of a report and advice sheet. I don't like to discuss the use of insecticides to freely in a public environment such as this as I can say, and I sure many other bed bug technicians will agree, I have seen some awful attempts at bed bug eradication by amateurs and I do not want to encourage that. 

EPB Control will treat all areas of an infested property such as beds, bed frames, furniture, cracks and crevices, sofas and other key areas. Treatment times depend on the property size. Insecticides used will be discussed prior to the treatment giving information on them. The correct insecticides is another key element of a bed bug removal treatment. Any experienced bed bug technician will agree, some can actually drive away bed bugs from the area spreading the problem. 

Alternative Treatments

I would also like to point out there are other types of bed bug removal treatments available. Obviously cost will vary between them all. Alternatives such as heat treatments, non toxic and natural methods are also available. One thing I will say is that you should always do your homework on who you are going to employ for any treatment, ask questions, seek out reviews and ensure you fully understand what they plan to do in your home, are there any side effects from the treatment process, are there guarantees, what sort of experience does a company have, do they specialise in bed bugs. I'm sure you get my point. 

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Please do share the posts and blog and comment as I like to hear your feedback and thoughts on bed bugs. Thank you for reading. 

Wednesday, 5 February 2014

Bed Bug Inspections - How To.

Bed Bug Inspections - How To

You think you have bed bugs. You have noticed blood on your sheets, you are itchy, something has bitten you.

Why would you have bed bugs you think. Maybe you have recently returned from holiday or travelling. Maybe you have just moved into a new apartment, stayed with friends or in a hotel. There are a number of reasons you may have bed bugs, they could also have entered your home from something you have purchased recently as we covered in the last post - bed bugs, a worrying trend, or even in extreme cases they can enter one property from an adjoining property.

So, how do you find them? Not all bed bug cases are extreme where they are climbing the walls, and I have seen first hand how trying to find them, along with sleep deprivation and stress can drive a person insane!

The Signs.

The first thing to look for is bed bug excrement and blood on the sheets. I am sure you are aware of what blood looks like so that is about as far as we can go with that part. Excrement may be difficult to find at first, but once you find one you will start to notice more. In appearance it is a black dot, singular, or if you find the nesting area, large clumps of black dots. It is even possible to follow the bed bugs route via following excrement marks. 

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Where to Look?

Bed bugs really can get everywhere. However they do like to stay in the vicinity of their food source. They will however get into all sorts of places you may not think of. Below is a list of places to look.
  • Bed frame, under mattress, in joins, under wooden slats, in bolt holes, behind headboard, in cracks. 
  • Mattress, around the lip on either side, under buttons on the flat side.
  • Bedside units, wardrobes, chest of draws, on the back, around joins and edges, inside the furniture, corners, hinges, under shelf's, on the base.
  • Under window ledge, loose wallpaper, behind skirting board, edge of flooring and carpet, wall/ceiling meeting point, gathering at the top of the curtains if they are close to the bed. plug sockets.
  • Items under bed, boxes, toys, bags and shoes, anything under the bed is likely to have bed bugs on.
  • Doors, coat hooks on doors, around door frames.
  • Sofas, under arms, around the seam, under the base, inside the sofa, under the seats, in folds.
  • Behind pictures on walls, in/on book shelf's, in/on books, cds, dvd cases.
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If you have inspected your property and are still not sure then it is advisable to seek professional bed bug services to assist. A bed bug treatment should always be carried out by experienced and knowledgeable bed bug technicians.

If you are considering a D.I.Y bed bug treatment consider that this could potentially make the infestation worse and it could also hamper any future professional treatment you seek.  

It is also advisable to seek advice with regards to how to deal with furniture. Furniture does now always have to be disposed of but if you are insistent on removing bed bug infested furniture it should be done correctly so as to not infest other places. Again this is advice you can get from any good bed bug company.

See previous posts for advice on how to prepare for a bed bug treatment, bed bugs eggs and much more.

Tuesday, 7 January 2014

Bed Bugs - A Worrying Trend

Bed Bugs - A Worrying Trend

Speak to any pest control or bed bug technician and they will have a few stories to tell. Well, I have noticed a worrying trend over the course of the last year that seemed to get worse towards Christmas time. 

Bed Bugs - A Worrying Trend, Internet auction sites! 

Yes, internet auction sites. I shall not name them and neither am I suggesting that it is in their power to ensure that things bought or sold are not infested, but I have noticed an increasing trend of people purchasing items from these sites and getting more than they paid for!

Commonly this is from items that need to be collected such as Sofas, Arm Chairs, Beds and other furnishings. I even came across a case where by a lady was buying old pillow cases to then recycle into new, hand made cases. What she was doing with them was great, the only problem was she got a pretty bad infestation of bed bugs from a batch that was sent to her.

Bed Bugs - A worrying trend. Infestations from internet auctions.
Bed Bugs - A Worrying Trend

So, if you yourself buy items from any of these sites, it is a good idea to know the signs, identify bed bugs, what eggs look like, excrement, and to thoroughly inspect any item before you leave the property with it. If they offer to deliver, inspect it before it enters your property. 

Remember, 1 female bed bug can lay up to 300 eggs in her life time, small and white, oval in size, they can be very difficult to find to the untrained eye. Check around folds, cracks and joins. 

If you are unfortunate enough to have a bed bug infestation due to something you have purchased do not presume that just because you then remove that item the issue is resolved. 

1. Bed bugs could have fell from the item whilst it was being moved through your home.
2. They could have moved onto other furniture, walls, floors and so on. 
3. They could have laid eggs no matter how short a time they were in your home.

It is always best to contact a professional, local bed bug technician and request an inspection. It is better to deal with these infestations early rather than waste time and money on D.I.Y treatments. 

You should also bear in mind that if all of the above applies to you and you have used your personal vehicle to collect any infested items, there is a risk that bed bugs may also now be in your vehicle. I would suggest a very thorough clean and hoover.

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Saturday, 12 October 2013

Pre Treatment Advice

Pre Treatment Bed Bug Advice


Here we are going to go over a few things that are useful to know before you have a bed bug extermination treatment. EPB Control would always make a client/tenant aware of these things beforehand by phone or during an inspection but this will still be useful I am sure to some people.

Room Preparation:

Preparing your room correctly will not only make the pest technicians life easier but also increase the effectiveness of the treatment. However, do not rush into moving items from the room to another room of the property until you are absolutely certain that those items are free of eggs.

If you move items with eggs on them to other rooms that may not be infected they soon will be and you will require further treatments. If you are unsure on what eggs look like, see below. If you are still concerned then air on the side of caution and do not move it until the pest controller has inspected it for you.


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Note that eggs will not always be laid in clumps such as the first and second picture and on a white surface can be very difficult to locate to the untrained eye. Eggs could be laid anywhere, curtains, bed frame, back of pictures, back of bedside unit, wardrobes, walls, items under the bed.


When preparing for a bed bug treatment I would always insist that the wardrobe, chest of draws and bedside units be empty and all clothing placed into sealed bags to be washed at 60c. It is not uncommon to find heavily infested furniture in a property.

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Always pull furniture 6 inches from the wall before the technician arrives as any good knowledgeable bed bug technician will inspect and treat the rear of the furniture.

What Else?

  • Curtains should be checked by the pest control company you use, particularly if they over hang the bed. It is very common to find bed bugs in the top folds of the curtains. Remove and wash at high temperature. 
  • Hoover the floors before the treatment. Empty hoover bag/cannister to a bin out of the property.
  • Remove all bedding. Ensure under the bed is clear of items. 
  • Ensure there are no children's toys in areas that are being treated with insecticide.
  • Remove any aquatic pets from the room.
Bed bugs can and will infest everywhere. If you have a bed bug infestation deal with it by contacting a professional straight away. Do not leave an infestation to develop and for eggs to become present. I would also advise against wasting money on cures from the internet, most of all smoke bombs which only make an infestation worse.

Any questions please email me, I will be happy to reply and assist you.

Darren Groves
EPB Control

Friday, 24 May 2013

Items Infected With Bed Bugs

Dealing with bed bug infected items.

Should you dispose of infected items?

You will not need to dispose of items unless extremely infested to the point of no longer being of use, but the following may apply and then you may consider disposal.

  • Heavily infested with eggs/excrement/blood to the point of being unusable and unwanted. 
  • Items that are in poor condition with holes and tears, such as heavily infested mattresses with a high amount of eggs and evidence of bugs inside the mattress. 
Although it is not required to remove and dispose of beds and mattresses once an infestation occurs, as these can be treated by an experienced pest controller, as mentioned above, there are circumstances when you may wish to remove the mattress. 

If the mattress is in extremely poor condition with holes and tears and you cannot face using it again, this is a decision you will have to make, but obviously it has cost implications on replacing it and disposing of it correctly. 

Bed bugs London

Items that are stored under an infected bed or in close proximity such as bed side units or even in wardrobes/chest of draws (particularly if returning from holiday/travelling with bugs in luggage and transferring to furniture via clothing) are likely to show signs of being infected, this would usually be the presence of eggs or live bugs. 

Clothing and other fabric items, curtains, bedding and so on will require being washed at a temperature of 60c or above or in a tumble dryer on high heat for over an hour. 

Depending on the type of treatment you are to have will depend on how to deal with items such as books or canvas paintings that are commonly found on bedroom walls. 

If you have found evidence of bed bug activity on these (pictures on the wall above a bed is a common location for bed bugs, check the rear) then I would first place them into something like clingfilm or into a sealed air tight bag, such as zip lock to contain the infected area if you are going to move them as you do not want to spread the bed bugs to another area. 

How to deal with these items depends on the type of treatment you are having. Chemical treatments would not be suitable to treat these items as they would ruin them and also make cleaning them after difficult. However, if you are to have a heat treatment, if your location permits, those items would be able to be treated as the property will be sealed and then the temperature raised to a level that will kill the bugs.  


  • Do not move items to other areas of your property, another property or your vehicle until you are sure they are not infected with bed bugs.
  • Do not place infected items into public areas such as shared doorways, communal areas of flats as this  could spread the infestation. 
  • Do not give infected items away or donate them.
  • Do not think that by simply re decorating or moving property you will rid yourself of bed bugs.
  • Do not use items such as microwaves/ovens to try and heat items. This is a fire risk.
  • Do not believe all the horror stories you read regarding bed bugs. Find yourself a good pest controller by asking questions, reading reviews and researching. A good pest controller will explain everything to you before and during the treatments, if he has not, you are not using a good pest controller. 
  • Do not entertain and fogging or smoke bomb treatments.
Some DO'S. 

  • Do follow the advice of your pest controller and prepare you property for treatment before he arrives. Some pest controllers (I myself do) will be happy to check personal items for you once they arrive if you are concerned of the presence of eggs/bugs before you move them. 
  • Do ask questions. Any good pest controller has spent many years carrying out these treatments and learning all they know, they will be only to happy to discuss the process, treatments and bed bugs with you. If they are avoiding doing so, do you feel comfortable using them?
  • Do take care if you are disposing of anything, do so correctly, wrap it, seal it, mark it as being infected. The side of the street is not a suitable way to dispose of items. 
  • Do take care when visiting friends and family. Bed bugs are excellent at hitching a ride!
Darren Groves


Monday, 20 May 2013

Bed Control Services in London

Bed Bug Control | London | Essex | Kent | Guaranteed
Here is some additional bed bug information from my website.  Here you can find more about how to have bed bugs removed from your property by EPB Control.

Tuesday, 30 April 2013

How to prepare for a treatment.

How to prepare for a treatment.

Having a bed bug extermination treatment can be daunting in itself. I see the effects it can have on people when people contact me for advice or treatments. When the pest controller tells you all the measures you need to take before the treatments can commence is nearly enough to push some people over the edge. 

However, it needn't be to much to worry about as long as you follow the instructions given to you by your pest control company. I should ad, if they have given you none and are booked in to do a treatment, you may want to cancel with them before you go any further!

What you really want to remember when preparing for a treatment is to make the areas that are to be treated as clear and accessible as possible for the technician but also being careful not to move and spread the problem to other rooms. Be as cautious as possible as it only takes a few eggs moved on an item to another part of the house to cause on going problems. 

How to prepare for a bed bug treatment.
Eggs are small and easy to miss.
EPB Control, myself that is, will always give the following instructions and if you follow these, you wont go far wrong. 

How to prepare for a treatment:

  • Empty bed side units, wardrobes, chest of draws, furniture in bedroom - All clothing into bags, tied and sealed, washed, bags thrown straight out of property. Books, paper work, items in bedside table checked for signs of bugs and eggs. Place in empty bath and shake and inspect.
  • Items under bed checked thoroughly as they are likely to have bugs and eggs on. Dispose of anything that you are willing to if heavily infested.
  • Bedding - Bagged and washed. 
  • Furniture - Pulled away from the wall six inches.
  • Personal items - Ensure floor is clear of anything valuable or that could be in the way.
  • If you have been on holiday, travelling, cases may have eggs in them.
  • If you hoover, empty the hoover straight away. 
If you have items under the bed that cannot be treated, such as expensive shoes, leather bags, Toys or such like, and there are signs of bugs under there and eggs, then you either need to spend a long time checking them over or simply place them into a tied sealed bag (must be sealed) and place them in your garden shed if you have one, or an outside storage area. 

Only do this if you can bear not to use these items for a long period of time, have somewhere suitable to store them that they will not be damaged by the weather and are adamant on keeping them. Always use common sense. Bed bugs will die eventually through lack of food, blood, and young bed bugs need many feeds to moult. If you decide to do this, I would recommend leaving items there for greater than 7 months.

Do not- Take items from one room to another that is not being treated without checking them over first. If you have a good pest controller then just ask him if he can assist you in checking some personal items you are worried about. I often arrive at a property earlier to help people do this. I can walk into a room that someone says there are no bed bugs and find them, eggs and excrement in a minute. This is because I do it daily and no the signs. It is always best to seek professional assistance from professional bed bugs services.  

I hope this information is of use, if you would like any more advice you can contact me through my website and I also have a you tube channel if you would like to see some more videos of bed bugs - Darren Groves Channel. 

Thursday, 25 April 2013

Eggs from a bed bug

Good, clear picture of some bed bug eggs on a wooden slat that would support the mattress. A common area for bed bug activity.

For more pictures of bed bugs or videos see my website EPB Control or my you tube channel which has various different videos of bed bugs, eggs, excrement as well as cockroaches. 

Bed bugs and eggs on bed frame.

These pictures from EPB Control show bed bugs and their eggs.

Bed bug eggs are the main concern when carrying out treatments as they can lay them on a range of items within the infested area and if not identified and removed could mean various treatments are required.

Any personal items stored under the bed are likely to have eggs on them and will require a thorough inspection.

Tuesday, 9 April 2013

Thursday, 14 March 2013

Bed Bug Images

Bed Bug Images

One thing I am always being asked as a bed bug exterminator is what do bed bugs look like. So, I thought I would do a post with some pictures.

Bed bugs may not always be easy to find, it really depends on the level of an infestation. If you do think you have an infestation of bed bugs it is best to call in a professional pest control company to deal with the issue early. If you wish to learn more about treatments see bed bug treatments, what do to.

Bed bugs in bedroomBed Bug London, on bed.
Bed bugs on bed frame
Bed bugs nesting. 
Bed bug eggs.
bed bugs london

Also here are some bed bug videos that may assist you in identification. 

And another which clearly shows bed bug eggs on part of the support for the mattress. 

A female bed bug can spread her eggs far, over the bed frame, skirting boards, book shelves or the rear of pictures above a bed. If you have a major infestation of bed bugs and find eggs, it would be best to remove any items that are not essential to keep. Boxes under a bed, books and such like are more common areas to find eggs. 

Thursday, 21 February 2013

Have you ever?

Have You Ever?

Here I am going to ask the question that you probably wouldn't admit to if you friend asked you in person, but for here it is fine as no one will know who answers. 

I am interested to know the circumstances people are coming into contact with bed bugs with, or maybe not, as I am hearing many stories lately of people seeing them on public transport, at schools (where I, EPB Control have done inspections) and in other strange places.

Although not unusual to find them in strange places and places other than the bedroom, it just seems to be more common now.
Bed Bugs London, Have You Ever Seen Bed Bugs?

Please take a moment to do the poll, and also leave any comments on the post if you wish. As you know from my previous posts such as Bed Bug Treatments What To Do or Where To Find Bed Bugs  I try to be as informative as possible and now I would like some feed back which will help me with my upcoming post.

Have you ever come into contact with bed bugs?

Thank you for taking the time to take the poll, please take a look at some of my other posts and feel free to share. 

Thursday, 7 February 2013

Bed Bug Facts and Tips

Bed Bug Facts and Tips

Bed Bugs On Bed
Welcome to this post from Essex Pest Control and Bird Control on bed bugs. Here we are going to go over some bed bug facts and some tips that may be useful to know.

If you think you may have bed bugs some of this information may come in useful. Understanding bed bugs will help in removing them and preventing them. 

The information I am sharing is fact but I will also give you some tips that I have discovered during all my years in pest control and carrying out several bed bug treatments weekly. 

Okay lets start with some facts on bed bugs.

Thursday, 10 January 2013

Bed Bugs UK

Bed Bugs UK This is another post by Essex Pest Control and Bird Control but on my on site blog posts. This blog covers Bed bugs, Rats, Mice, Cockroaches as well as proofing and other general pest control information that I think may be useful to people. It also has some videos on there of insects.

There are also several other blog posts on there such as Treatments and others.

Please go over and take a look and maybe if you find something you like or you feel is useful share it with others.

More posts will be coming soon.


Tuesday, 8 January 2013

Bed Bugs - Bed Bug Excrement - Extreme

Bed bugs can clearly be seen walking around the mattress and the black marking visible are excrement marks that have built up from an extremely high infestation that has been present for some time.

Essex Pest Control and Bird Control 

Thursday, 3 January 2013

Bed Bug Eggs

Bed Bug Eggs

Essex Pest Control and Bird Control

Bed bug eggs are one of the most difficult things to deal with in fully removing an infestation of bed bugs. This is due to their size, the places a female bed bug will lay them and the amount she can lay.

The chances are that if someone is suffering an infestation of bed bugs then there are likely to be eggs present. The longer the problem is in place, the greater the risk of eggs. 

What do bed bug eggs look like? In the picture below you can see the eggs, white, small and oval.

Thursday, 27 December 2012

Bed Bug Treatments - What To Do

Bed Bug Treatments - What To Do

I am writing this post to give some advice, and what to do as well as what not to do when having bed bug treatments.

After attending a property today in London for a bed bug treatment, I was disappointed to see the condition of the rooms when the tenants were aware of what time I was attending.

Now, I usually give advice on bed bug symptoms or where to find bed bugs and just assumed that people were aware, and I should point out that I clearly state what needs to be done before hand, of what state the rooms should be in for when I arrive.

Thursday, 13 December 2012

Bed bug information

Bed Bug Treatment
Extreme bed bug case
Essex Pest Control and Bird Control have noticed a big increase in the number of London bed bug calls year on year over the last four years. This is because worldwide, including the UK, bed bugs are on the increase as is the bed bug pest control industry. 
All the time I have people ask me, Darren, how did I get these bed bugs? What do bed bug bites look like? Or How can I find Bed Bugs if I have them? (See bug videos if you are not sure what they look like)
Bed bugs lay 300 eggs
Bugs and Eggs behind wallpaper
Bed Bugs are infesting everywhere from Libraries, hotels, hostels, residential apartment complexes to schools. This is a pest on the rampage across London and the UK, I know, I am fighting them in people's properties!

Understanding the signs of the bed bug helps and will limit the risk of spreading them. I am to start trying to assist in educating people on them. Here goes. 
How did I get these bed bugs?
To start with, contrary to popular belief, it isn't always a hygiene issue when you get this pest.
The most popular way of getting bed bugs is from when you are travelling around the world. It is common for people to pick them up in their cases, return home, a pregnant female lays her eggs in the cases or crawls out when you put that case on top of your wardrobe (extremely common) and then lays her eggs on your furniture. Check the back of bedside units and wardrobes along the edges and corners for signs of bugs.
Bed Bugs whilst in their infant stage are translucent (almost see through to the untrained eye). This can result in an infestation not being noticed in early stages. If on the other hand you have brought back half a dozen fully grown adults, you will know about it as soon as they make their way to your bed! An adult bed bug can best be described as about the size of an apple pip, and when fed, very dark brownish/reddish in colour.
So, first bit of advice is, check cases thoroughly when returning from traveling, and where possible do not place them under the bed or on top on the furniture.
You can also pick up bed bugs from:
  • Visiting or staying with friends, family if they too have them.
  • Bringing furniture into your home that may have bed bugs in it.
  • Hotels.
  • Hostels.
  • Adjoining properties that have an infestation.
  • People visiting you that themselves are living somewhere that has bed bugs.
Signs Of Bed Bugs
A clear tell tale sign of bed bugs is their excrement marks. Take a look at our bed bug control page for picture of excrement marks and bed bugs in a bed. Essex Pest Control and Bird Control carry out anything up to 20 inspections per week plus treatments!
Simply, the more bed bugs present, the more excrement, the more excrement, the easier to spot. Black dots, which will turn to large black patches in extreme circumstances. So what if I only have one or two bed bugs, how do I can I find Bed Bugs? Look for blood spots on your sheets, pillow cases, dead bugs.
Look around the skirting boards, walls and slats of your bed for the excrement marks. If you only have one or two bed bugs, it will be less visible but still visible. Black dots every so many centimetres that will rub off. Usually they will be tucked into the tightest corner, crack or join.
Bed Bug bites will usually be in the form of a track, between 1 to 4, 5 or more bites in a row, usually along the arms or areas of the body outside of the duvet. They will be red, itchy and can become infected with scratching. There are however no known diseases that can be caught from bed bug bites.

What for and where should you be looking if you think you may have bed bugs?
  • Excrement - black.
  • Blood - on sheets.
  • Dead Bugs.
  • Bed Frame for excrement and bugs.
  • Bedside Unit.
  • Wardrobe, Chest Of Draws - joins of wood. 
  • Items Under Bed.
Bed bugs will crawl into the smallest and tightest areas to lay their eggs, picture frames, ornaments, boxes, books and basically anything in and around your bed. A female bed bug can lay up to 300 eggs in her lifetime, they can also go for up to 9 months without feeding!

What to do if you think you have bed bugs
Firstly, if you think you have bed bugs, Do not waste money on self treating products from the internet. These products, like bed bug bombs can make a problem worse, although in fairness there are people that report having successfully rid themselves of bugs using powders, but in my opinion these would not be major infestations.  

Limit the moving of items around the home, they can live on pretty much anything and whatever is under or close to your bed has an increased risk of having bugs or their eggs on it - Do not spread them!
Contact a professional pest control company with experience in dealing with bed bugs, such as Essex Pest Control and Bird Control. Ask questions over the phone, what will they do, how will they do it, results, risks, visits and so on.You should also consider filling all cracks, crevices and gaps around skirting boards if you have or have had bed bugs.
Essex Pest Control and Bird Control provide bed bug pest control in London, Essex, Kent and Hertfordshire. I am going to be keeping this blog updated with pictures, videos and all sorts of information regarding bugs, resistance to chemicals and many other interesting facts I think you would like to know. Please follow and be a part of this with me. Thank you for reading.