East Anglian Pest Control
Biting Insect Solution
Bedbugs, Fleas & Other Biting Insect Pests
Biting Insect Pest Removal
Residential & Commercial Biting Insect Control
Sometimes it can be difficult to identify biting insects and if you’ve actually got a pest problem or not. And then you have to decide if you need to do anything about it – and what to do. But don’t let a pest problem get out of hand because it could damage your health, property or business.
If in doubt, ring or email us for professional pest control advice on how to identify biting insect infestations and how to get rid of biting insects. We’ve 30 years experience in pest control, provide free pest control surveys and free insect identification to identify biting insects.
We Can help with:
- Initial survey to indicate the presence and identity of insect pest, abundance and origin or ingress points to the property
- Site-specific treatment program
- Professional grade insecticides
- Proofing of buildings to prevent future outbreaks
- Long term monitoring and control systems
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Commercial Biting Insect Pest Control
We’ve 34 years experience in pest control and provide free surveys for Biting insect pest control, removal, clearance and prevention. And we’re available 7 days a week for advice and help. We really do know what we’re doing; you can trust us to get it right.
Bedbugs are blood-sucking parasites that feed from people especially, though they’ll bite animals too. They hide in cracks and crevices in furniture, beds, mattresses, luggage – anywhere that’s close enough to people for them to crawl out at night to feed on our blood. Bites on any part of the body overnight and dark blood splodges on sheets and beds are good signs to look out for.
There are several types of flea; bird, cat, dog, rabbit, human and the tropical rat flea. The cat flea is the most common species in the UK. They aren’t fussy though, they will all bite us when they are hungry for blood. Normally the bites are on the legs or ankles but can be on other parts of the body. Also, there will have been animals in the building or nearby.
These are very small and aren’t classed as insects because they’ve 8 legs not 6. They’re pale coloured when they are hungry; when they move it looks like specks of sand shifting around. After they have had a feed of blood they turn dark red. You might get them in a building from pest birds or nests nearby.
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Biting Insect Pest Control
Pest Control Information
East Anglian Pest Control has over 34 years of experience in the pest solution industry. We like to keep our clients up to date with pest information. Below are our latest articles related to biting pest control.
Biting Insect Pest Control
Frequently Asked Questions
How long do fleas live without a host?
Without a host to latch on to, fleas are without a source of food. Generally, an adult flea can live from anywhere between one day to two weeks without a host. Cat fleas will not lay eggs if they have not had sufficient access to a source of blood,
How do I get rid of fleas?
One of the best methods of removing fleas from a property is to find the source of the infestation, and act accordingly. This source is most often a household pet, such as a cat or dog, which may have picked up the pests whilst outdoors, or whilst socialising with other animals. Fleas present on the animal can be dealt with using a fine-toothed comb, and hot soapy water. Comb through fur, paying particular attention to the tail, and neck. Putting the fleas collected on this comb into the bowl of water and soap will kill them. After this treatment, it is worth speaking to a vet about suitable flea treatments.
Whilst the source of the fleas is treated, areas frequented by the source must be thoroughly cleaned and treated. In cases of large infestations, it is best to destroy pet bedding and similar items. In less serious cases, these can also be washed with hot soapy water. Vacuuming all hard floors, carpets and similar soft surfaces is a great start, and will clear up not only fleas themselves, but their eggs and pupae. In cases of more serious infestation, steam cleaning may be required. Insecticide is a common last step – it is often important to vacate the property for the duration of application depending on the product used.
If this sounds like an overwhelming task to complete by hand, it is worth noting that professional pest controllers, such as East Anglia Pest Control, are equipped to deal with flea infestations, and are available to evaluate situations like this on a case by case basis, and employ a solution accordingly.
What are the signs of a flea infestation?
The most obvious sign of a flea infestation is, of course, flea sightings. These small, black or brown insects can frequently be seen jumping between carpets and soft furnishings.
In addition to this, fleas tend to leave ‘flea dirt’, or small drops of dried blood, dark in colour, around highly frequented areas, including sleeping spots, and on host animals themselves. Animals may be seen biting or scratching themselves more than usual, or, in more serious cases, develop scabbing.
Humans present in the property, especially for extended periods of time, may notice an itching sensation, or raised red bumps around the ankle area. These are flea bites.
Can fleas live on clothes?
Fleas will not live on clothes, nor will they live on humans. However, they are known to remain on them for up to 24 hours if there is a source of food nearby.
Can fleas live on humans?
Fleas do not reside on humans, but will often feed on them. This feeding, though infrequent compared to that experienced by a host, can result in raised, red bite marks around the ankles.
Do fleas fly?
Fleas are unable to fly, but are able to jump huge distances relative to the size of their body, allowing them to move from host to host relatively easily. They are noted to be able to jump, on average, seven inches in height, and thirteen inches horizontally.
Are Fleas Dangerous?
Flea infestations are annoying, but have the potential to become dangerous. Flea bites can cause a variety of skin rashes on both humans and animals, whilst excessive biting can lead to scabbing or infection. In very rare cases, excessive feeding by fleas on animals can cause anaemia.
What does a flea bite look like?
Fleas are able to jump from host animals to humans, and will often feed on either. When fleas bite humans, their saliva triggers the release of histamine, resulting in a raised red bump around the area. This bump is often itchy, and will grow in size if irritated. Additional symptoms of a flea bite may include rashes, hives, and swelling. These bites most often occur around the ankles.
What are the signs of a bed bug infestation?
Bed bugs themselves can be tricky to spot. They will often take residence in and around headboards, on bedside tables, in wall junctions, or in general crevices in mattresses. They are approximately five millimetres in length, with a flat body. They are commonly reddish-brown in colour. Their eggs are even harder to see, but are small, laid in clusters, and off-white in colour. If the pests themselves are not visible, there are plenty of signs which point towards their presence.
Bed bugs tend to leave blood stains on sheets and bedding around bite sites. They may even be present on pyjamas. In addition to this, they will stain these surfaces, and any other sites of congregation with faecal matter. These stains tend to resemble a brown or black puddle.
Bed bugs shed their exoskeletons as they grow, leaving a further indication of their presence in a property. These shells are typically found close to sites of feeding on congregation, and look like a translucent bug.
How do I get rid of bed bugs?
Getting rid of bed bugs is an incredibly difficult process. They typically require a strategic approach, with multiple rounds of treatment and disinfection. All surfaces should be thoroughly vacuumed and cleaned. Ensure that all crevasses and items of furniture are checked for existing clusters, or signs of infestation, such as shells, or dried blood. Wash all bedding and soft furnishings on a high setting, before sealing in plastic bags to ensure any remaining pests are unable to escape or feed. Do not take these items out until the infestation is fully controlled.
At this point, the best course of action is to call a professional pest controller, who will evaluate this situation and employ an effective solution accordingly.
How do bed bugs spread?
Bed bugs do not typically spread from person to person contact, and will instead ‘hitchhike’ through moving possessions. Frequently shared spaces, such as hotel rooms, are an ideal place for the spread of a bed bug infection.
What kills bed bugs quickly?
Heat exposure is often deadly to bed bugs, meaning 60 minutes in the tumble dryer on a high heat setting should kill many, however, dealing with a bed bug infection is not as simple as cleaning bedding. Bed bugs often make their home in multiple spots around a room, laying eggs that are hard to spot. A professional pest controller should be contacted in order to effectively deal with the situation, and ensure the bugs do not return.
How long do bed bugs live on clothes and sheets?
It is unlikely that a bed bug would live in clothes which are being worn for an extended period of time, as their preferred habitat is stationary. If exposed to a more suitable habitat, a bed bug would not stay on clothes for long.
At a normal room temperature, bed bugs can survive around two to three months without a blood meal, and so would be able to live in, for example, a closed suitcase full of clothes for approximately this long.
What does a bed bug bite look like?
Many people do not react to bed bug bites, with current theories suggesting that exposure is a key factor in how the body reacts to them. Signs of s bed bug bite can include a raised red bump around a bite, accompanied by a burning or itching sensation. Rashes may also be resent. Bed bugs commonly bite in straight lines, and bites will appear in this way if this is the case.
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