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Bed bug monitoring and prevention

If you have an infestation of any pest, three main steps are required to fully address the issue:

  • Identification 
  • Treatment
  • Prevention/Monitoring


Heat treatment is the most effective method of exterminating bed bugs but these pests are clever. They can latch onto luggage, clothing or other items and re-enter your property if someone visits an infested area.

In hospitality, transport and other businesses with large volumes of people moving around constantly, a treated area can become re-infested with bed bugs. And these bed bugs follow you home.

So, bed bug prevention and monitoring (the third stage of the process) is essential to avoid a potentially devastating new bed bug problem. 

At ThermoPest, we have that covered…

  • Bed bugs can hitchhike from one destination to another.
  • If you’ve stayed in an infested hotel, hostel or care home, they will follow you home.
  • Many bed bug infestations are caused by second-hand furniture.
  • Bed bugs are prolific breeders, with females laying up to 500 eggs in two months — so problems can quickly escalate.
  • Eggs may be hidden in clusters in cracks and crevices of mattresses, furniture, box springs, bed linen and other items.

How to prevent bed bugs

Besides making sure that no humans provide a host on which bed bugs can feed, there are other ways to prevent infestations. But first, we must understand more about these bugs.

Bed bugs are attracted to particular conditions:

  • Warmth: a constant temperature between 18C and 30C
  • Soft surfaces: with folds, flaps and other hiding places
  • Clutter: where it’s easy to hide
  • Plenty of human hosts: on which to feed
  • Darkness: for when they feed

In the summer in the UK, bed bug infestations are particularly rife because of the ideal temperatures. Most bedrooms provide the ideal conditions for breeding and feeding.

Unfortunately, summer is also the time when many businesses (hospitality, transportation, etc.) are busiest — so an infestation must be avoided at all costs.

Other types of businesses in healthcare, education, the retail sector, the food and beverage industry and more can all be devastated by bed bug infestations.

Prevention is all about disrupting the bed bugs’ ideal conditions…

Bed bug prevention tips

A few bed bug prevention tips can help your property avoid a re-infestation after you’ve eradicated the pests with heat treatment.

If you travel, you should ensure that luggage and clothes are washed at high temperatures or dry cleaned if you suspect you may have been exposed to bed bugs. This will kill the adults, nymphs and eggs.

When in hotel rooms, inspect the room for signs of bed bug infestation, like swollen adult bugs or bed bug excrement. Try to keep your belongings on hard surfaces away from the mattress or upholstery.

When storing luggage at home, cooler areas are better than warm areas (store in a shed or garage rather than in a sunny room).

Also, try to vacuum regularly — including carpets surrounding mattresses and upholstered furniture, as well as headboards and bed frames. This will help with bed bug prevention.

When you dispose of waste, like vacuum bags, make sure you do so outside of the home and in such a way that the waste is confined (tied bin liners will work). This will prevent bed bugs from being transferred to other areas of your home if they are present.

Finally, reduce clutter as these pests like places to hide where they can wait undisturbed until feeding on a human host.

How will I know if bed bugs have returned?

Some of the signs of bed bugs returning to your property are obvious. Others are less so:

  • Patches of itchy skin and red or purple marks that appear (often in clusters in straight lines or zigzags).
  • Sightings of adults bed bugs in your bed or upholstery.
  • Spots of blood on sheets, pillows or mattresses.
  • Bedbug droppings, which look like black dots about the size of a full stop.
  • Shed skin, which resembles the individual bed bugs.
  • Tiny white or pale-yellow eggs/eggshells.
  • A sweet, musty odour resembling almonds in your room.

If you detect any of these signs, call one of our pest control professionals to identify the problem and outline your bed bug treatment options. 

Bed bug monitoring and prevention

Bed bug prevention is challenging, especially for popular businesses with limited staff numbers, as many UK hospitality and transport companies have experienced in recent years.

Regular motoring of a property can help homes and businesses with past histories of infestation from having to endure another serious bed bug infestation — or help those that have so far escaped remain that way.

ThermoPest provides bed bug monitoring and prevention contracts that include 4, 6 or 12 visits per year.

During a visit, our team will thoroughly inspect your premises and ensure that you are clear of bed bugs. If not, you can rely on us to provide trustworthy and accurate advice on your treatment options.

We’ve been doing this for a long time and have seen most pest scenarios in homes and businesses across the UK…

How much is bed bug prevention?

Bed bug monitoring and prevention is charged based on your requirements and is subject to a site visit. Find out more by getting a quote here.

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