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Here at Copley Pest Control Solutions UK, we provide a complete bedbug and flea control solution for customers situated throughout Yorkshire and the North West. Call us today for further information.

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Bedbugs

Bedbugs live on the blood of animals or humans and have a small, brownish appearance. Adult bedbugs have flat bodies about the size of an apple seed. After feeding, however, their bodies swell and are a reddish colour. Bedbugs cannot fly; however, they can move very quickly over floors, walls, and ceilings. Over a lifetime, female bedbugs lay hundreds of eggs. Immature bedbugs, called nymphs, shed their skins five times before reaching maturity and even require a meal of blood before each shedding. Fortunately, bedbugs do not transmit diseases, which is reassuring even if they are a nuisance!

Where Can Bedbugs Be Found?

Bedbugs easily infest an area as you can carry them on luggage, your clothing, couches, and many other items. The small size of the bedbugs also means that they can fit into tiny spaces, even as small as the width of a credit card. Bedbugs do not have nests like ants or bees but tend to live in groups in hiding places. Their initial hiding places are typically in mattresses, box springs, bed frames, and headboards as these are places where the bedbugs have easy access to bite people.

If bitten by a bedbug, you may not experience pain initially, but later the bite may turn into itchy welts. You will typically find a flea bite on your ankles, whereas bedbug bites are found on any exposed area of the skin. Flea bites also have a red spot in the centre which bedbug bites do not. Many people often mistake a bedbug bite for a mosquito bite; therefore, you need to ensure you identify the bug to clarify whether there is an infestation in your property.

Signs of Infestation

You may have an infestation in your property if you have any of the following:

  • Dark or Rusty Spots of Bedbug Excrement on Sheets and Mattresses, Bed Clothes, and Walls

  • Bedbug Eggshells, or Shed Skins in Areas Where Bedbugs Hide

  • An Offensive, Musty Odour from the Bug’s Scent Glands

It is also important to note that bedbugs can spread throughout a room as they will try to move into a protected location. People assume that bedbugs are a sign that a property is dirty, but this is not the case, you are just as likely to find bedbugs in a clean property as you are a dirty one.

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Fleas

Fleas share many of the same characteristics as moths. Moreover, the lifecycle of a flea parallels the lifestyle of a moth. For example, the flea starts as an egg, then larva (caterpillar), which then turns into a pupa (cocoon), and finally an adult. When a flea is newly hatched, it will be small, black, aggressive, and hungry. When the flea has had its first blood meal, its appearance changes as its body becomes lighter and larger. Just remember, for every flea on your pet, there may be hundreds waiting to hatch!

Often, flea treatments appear ineffective as you may be able to still see small black fleas after completion of the treatment. This is perfectly normal as the pupae are known to be resistant to chemicals. Moreover, fleas will carry on hatching as the insecticides cannot invade the flea pupal case. Ten fleas can potentially reproduce to 250,000 in only 30 days!

Annoyingly, fleas lay eggs when the pet is most relaxed. Typically, the white eggs fall off the pet onto the carpet/soil etc. Small blind larvae emerge from the eggs. These larvae move away from the light, burrowing down into the carpet, cracks in floorboards, or into the soil. They feed on protein, such as flea droppings of partly digested blood. They moult three times before forming a pupa. The larva changes into the adult in the pupa.

Usually, in the summer months, a flea will be ready to hatch from the pupa about 7-14 days after it is formed but is also important to note that the flea can also remain inactive for up to 18 months. Furthermore, a flea usually hatches from the pupa during the warmer months or when triggered by movement.

After feeding on the host, the engorged female flea is ready to mate and lay eggs – about 24 hours after hatching. She can lay up to 500 eggs (27 per day) over a lifetime which may span several weeks.

Ensuring the Success of the Flea Treatment

To ensure the success of the treatment, you must carry out the following steps:

  • 1. Indoors

    Remove toys, clothes etc from the floor. Some insecticides will affect fish. Cover the fish tank and turn off the filter before the treatment. Remove pets from the area to be treated – return them only after the treatment has dried.

  • 2. Treat the pet(s)

    Sought advice from your Veterinarian. The use of soaps or shampoos may reduce the residual action of the treatment.

  • 3. Be patient

    It is normal to see fleas for several weeks after the treatment. Do not leave flea infested areas undisturbed – movement hatches fleas.

  • 4. Do not vacuum

    For at least seven days after treatment. Place the vacuuming in a bag and put in the bin.

  • 5. Leave your pet in the flea-infested areas

    It will attract the fleas. If you remove your pet from the infested area, the fleas will continue to hatch for about six weeks with normal 'human' activity.

Furthermore, fleas are most likely to be seen when an area is newly disturbed, an example of this includes when people get up in the morning and go outside. If the treatment works, the fleas should hatch, contact the treated surface, which is either the carpet, soil, or the area where your pet has been treated with one of our on-animal products and then die. We expect the fleas to die within a few hours of encountering the treated surface.

Flea Control – Helpful Hints

  • 1. Act now

    By treating your pets as soon as you know fleas are present. This ensures you get better results from the environmental and on-animal treatments.

  • 2. You may believe

    It is best to avoid the flea-infested areas after the treatment, but this is not the case as if you do, you may risk the treatment being ineffective. Don’t forget places such as the spare room, shed, and any other place where your pet likes to relax.

  • 3. Refrain from

    Moving your pet from the area as this could exacerbate the problem as you become the only potential host.

  • 4. Don’t wait

    To carry out the treatment as this will only allow more fleas to infect the area. Plus, there is no need to suffer a flea bite when you can start to tackle the problem before it progresses.

  • 5. When you enter

    A vacant house, this will stimulate fleas waiting to hatch. This is most common in vacant rental and holiday houses.

  • 6. Ask someone

    To walk through your property/yard several times if you are going on holiday, this is especially important to carry out on the day of your return as the fleas will hatch and die on the treated surfaces before you return!

Cockroaches

Cockroaches are known to reproduce at a very fast rate. Moreover, when just a few eggs survive, multiple cockroaches can produce. Due to how fast they breed, you must use an effective method to properly remove them. Many of our clients assume that a general pesticide from a shop will be enough to permanently remove cockroaches from an area, but this is not the case, and as well as removing the cockroaches, you must put measures in place to stop their return. Another issue is that cockroaches are increasingly becoming more resistant to pesticides, meaning that the removal of them is a lot harder than removing other pests. We have acquired many years in business, and we are confident that only our measures work to remove cockroaches permanently. You may be able to buy over-the-counter pesticides, but we can almost guarantee that these will be ineffective.

There are many preventative measures you can put into place to stop cockroaches from spreading through your premises. For example, you should fill in cracks and crevices in your building as cockroaches use these for nests and pathways. Moreover, Oriental cockroaches are attracted to damp spaces, therefore, it is important to seal all water pipes and joints around the building. Even a small leak can provide the perfect space for a cockroach nest!

It goes without saying that cockroach infestations are linked to hygiene issues. Having said this, cockroach infestations can occur in clean environments, but the chances of this are a lot less likely. You may be unsurprised to know that if you leave food exposed and lying about, you are likely to attract cockroaches to the area.

Moreover, if you keep your environment clean, tidy, and ventilated, you are less likely to suffer from a cockroach infestation as the cockroaches do not have anywhere to hide. It is also important to note that cockroaches hate being out in the cold, so if they cannot find anywhere unexposed, they will move onto to a different area.

Both German and Oriental cockroaches hate the light, so you can use the same method to remove both. Usually, cockroaches only make an appearance at night-time, and when they do, they will try to stay in the shadows. You may be unaware but German cockroaches are fast and skilled climbers. Due to the fastness and athletic ability of German cockroaches, it is harder to spot them. If you do see one, you have either caught them by surprise or forced them out of their usual environment. But don’t be fooled, for every cockroach you see, there will be plenty more hiding in the background!

What Type of Cockroach Do I Have?

You can easily separate a German cockroach from an Oriental cockroach. German cockroaches are smaller and faster with a light brown colour and wings that extend just beyond the body, whereas Oriental cockroaches are larger, rounder, and are brown or black with a distinctive shine. If we had to say which one of these cockroaches looks most like a cockroach, we would say the Oriental. Oriental cockroaches love to be close to damp, dark environments, whereas German cockroaches prefer to be indoors.

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