Bed bug & Flea Removal Services
We provide expert flea and bed bug removal services in Bradford, Leeds & surrounding West Yorkshire areas. Effectively treating and removing an infestation of bed bugs or fleas requires a professional pest control company. At Sykes Pest Control our technicians have all the knowledge, experience and access to professional products that are not available to the general public.
Bed bugs are common throughout the UK
Bed Bugs are small insects that feed on blood from warm blooded mammals including humans. There are several species of bed bug, but there is one particular species Cimex Lectulairs, which prefers to feed on human blood and is the most common Bed Bug in urban environments.
Bed Bugs have an oval body, 6 legs and are either brown or reddish brown in colour. They feed every two to three days, usually at night when people are in their deepest sleep. Bed Bugs can migrate by themselves in search of a host but are usually carried around with luggage, furniture and clothing. As these bugs are tiny and agile they are able to hide well in all manner of belongings. They can very easily spread from one room to another and will eventually infest a whole building if left untreated.
Due to their very small, flat bodies, bed bugs are able to hide in seams of mattresses, bed frames, head boards, bedroom furniture, in clothing, behind wallpaper, carpeting, laminate and wooden flooring or any other household clutter.
As bed bugs have the ability to infest an area very quickly, bed bug treatment can be very difficult and it is advisable to use a professional pest control company.
Signs of bed bugs
After mating females lay white oval eggs into cracks and crevices and an individual female can lay 200 to 250 eggs in her lifetime. The eggs hatch in about 6-10 days and the newly hatched nymphs seek out their first blood meal.
Immature bed bug nymphs moult 5 times before reaching adulthood and need to feed at least once before each moult takes place.
Reactions to bed bug bites can vary from a severe allergic reaction to no reaction at all. In most cases the reaction occurs a couple of hours later and people allergic to bed bug bites may notice red swellings around the area that is bitten.
Treating a bed bug infestation requires a professional pest control company. At Sykes Pest Control our technicians have the knowledge and access to professional use products that are not available to the general public.
How to get rid of fleas
Fleas are a parasitic insect that live on the exterior of their host and feed exclusively on the blood of mammals and birds.
The most common species is the cat flea which can feed on cats, dogs and humans. Fleas are a wingless insect that travels from one place to another by jumping and can in fact jump as high as 8″ vertically.
Fleas go through 4 life cycle stages, egg, larvae, pupa and adult. Adult fleas must feed on blood before they can become capable of reproduction. An adult female that has consumed a full blood meal will begin to produce between 20 and 30 eggs a day. Under ideal conditions, it may be possible for her to produce between 2000 and 8000 eggs during her lifetime.
Due to the rapid rate of reproduction flea infestation can occur at a very alarming rate. Fleas feed on the blood of their host by injecting piercing mouth parts through the skin. Fleas are known to bite humans as well as animals and birds and can cause health problems to all that come into contact. Flea bites are itchy, sometimes painful and can lead to infection. Fleas have been known to transmit diseases such as Murine Typhus and carry tapeworm that can be passed to both humans and domestic animals.
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