Don’t let the bed bugs bite! Call Sydney’s Bed bug specialists

Having a bedbug infestation can be upsetting, irritating and painful.

Pink Pest Control has the training, equipment and expertise to send them packing

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We’re bed bug specialists

Bed bug treatments should always be handled by a professional pest manager because bedbugs are difficult to locate and eliminate. Over the counter solutions are usually ineffective – despite the promises!

Pink Pest Control is one of the few pest management companies in Sydney with the training, expertise and experience to treat bedbug infestations. We’re the company that many 3, 4 and 5 star hotels turn to after they have tried unsuccessfully to resolve a bedbug infestation with a non-specialist provider

Why are we different?

    • Specialised Training: Our technicians are fully trained in the latest bed bug treatment techniques for eradicating bed bugs and ensuring they don’t come back.

    • Comprehensive treatment process: Getting control can be a challenge, as all sites of activity have to be located and treated. Our treatments involve inspections before and after treatment, to ensure eradication.

    • Experience: We have over 36 years experience solving bedbug problems in Sydney.

Contact us now to arrange a discreet onsite visit or to request a proposal.

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Bed bug treatments for homes and hotels

We can provide both residential and commercial bed bug treatments. Commercial bed bug treatments for the hospitality industry, typically for hotels and motels, can be tailored for your particular situation. We always work with our clients to ensure a discrete treatment process and can provide training to hotel staff about checking for bedbugs when they are changing sheets – a vital tool for early bed bug detection.

Our bed bug treatments

To successfully eliminate bed bugs a detailed inspection and treatment process needs to be followed. In fact, the industry has a ‘Bed bug code of practice’ that details the best practice in bed bug treatment. A simple pest spray will not do the job – it may seem cheap, but actually it’s a complete waste of money because the problem will remain.

To successfully treat for bed bugs we need your help!

Customer responsibilities before treatment:

There are a range of actions that must be carried out by the customer / occupier prior to treatment

• Remove all curtains from bedrooms and bedding from beds and ensemble bases and place into a plastic bag while still in the room – then seal. Wash at a temperature of at least 60°C and dry in a clothes dryer on the HOT setting for at least 30 minutes. Place cleaned items in a NEW plastic bag and seal for storage. Return items to infested room only after treatment.

• Remove all other fabric items from bedrooms and place into plastic bag & seal while still in the room. Wash, dry and store as directed above. Items that cannot be washed may be placed in a freezer overnight or professionally dry cleaned.

• Empty any remaining contents of storage chests, blanket drawers and window boxes in all bedrooms plus shoes and leave in bedroom – away from walls. Books on bookshelves may be left in place.

• Vacuum prior to us attending and immediately dispose of the vacuum contents into a plastic bag, seal and dispose of outside of the residence.

• It is important not to move items between rooms or to treat areas with fly spray or the like as this will make the treatment more difficult, spread the infestation and significantly reduce the chances of achieving successful control.

 

**Note: The effectiveness of this treatment is completely dependent on these customer responsibilities being fully carried before we arrive

Pink Pest Service bed bug treatment process

The treatment will include the following treatment steps:

1. Pre-treatment inspection

• Conduct a thorough inspection of the infested areas

2. Treatment

• Apply approved control agents to cracks, crevices, bed frames, selected furniture, carpet edges, drawers, wardrobes and light fittings in treated bedrooms and other harborages as may be determined by our technician.

3. Post-treatment inspection

• Where all areas of the property are treated; Carry out a follow up inspection and treatment as required 14 to 21 days following the initial treatment.

4. Safety Guidelines

• You must vacate the premises during treatment and for at least 1 hour after. Any fish tanks inside the premises must be covered with cling wrap and have the pumps turned off during treatment

5. Customer responsibilities post-treatment

• Do not mop or vacuum floors or upholstered furniture for at least 14 days following treatment – this will avoid removal of our control agents.

6. Warranty

• Where the whole property has been treated we will offer a 30 day warranty subject to the client having followed any and all instructions set out in this proposal and/or given by the technician that performs the initial service. (No warranty is offered for partial treatments or where our instructions have not been followed). Longer warranties cannot be provided, as re-infestation from new visitors is always possible. The risks of future infestations can be mitigated through ongoing management.

7. Ongoing management

• Minimising the chances of bed bug infestations can be achieved through good housekeeping policy. If the housekeeping staff know what to look for, and carry out the appropriate checks when cleaning rooms, bed bug problems can be detected early. Speak to Pink Pest Services about potential training programs.

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Mattress Encasements

In addition to treatment, we strongly recommend that mattress encasements (bed bug proof covers) be fitted to all mattresses and ensemble bases.

The correct covers, properly fitted can prevent bed bugs from infesting these items and where mattresses are already infested, these covers can prevent bedbugs from biting people. The bed bugs are effectively “locked” inside the cover and will eventually perish.

Covers should be left on for at least 12 months to ensure that any bed bugs within perish due to lack of food.

If you would like a quote for mattress, base or pillow encasements, please advise our office and supply measurements (length x breadth x height) of any mattress or base you would like a cover for. Accurate measurements are essential as sizes (King size, Queen size, etc) are not uniform. Pillowcases do not require measurement)

 

Are bedbugs a health risk?

For many bed bugs will cause red, itching bite zones. Although bed bugs are not known to transmit disease, there is now evidence that some people can develop severe allergic reactions, similar to the anaphylactic shock suffered by some with bee stings.

 

Why are bed bugs tough to control?

The combination of the rapid bed bug life-cycle and poor treatment techniques used by untrained pest managers has led to the development of a number of bed bug populations that have become resistant to a range of insecticides.

Some bed bugs have developed thicker cuticles (skin) preventing the entry of insecticides, others have become more tolerant of insecticides. Either way, when it comes to carrying out a bed bug treatment, your pest professional really needs to know what they are doing to ensure they use the right combination of products and techniques to ensure they can eliminate even resistant bed bug populations.

 

More bed bug information

There are two types of bed bug, the common bed bug (Cimex lectularius) and the tropical bed bug (Cimex hemipterus).

The incidence of bed bug infestation has increased by 5000% since 2000*, exposing the hospitality industry in particular to serious reputational and liability threats.

The increase in global travel has been the main driver behind the spread of bed bugs and the development of bed bug populations resistant to insecticides has made it difficult to stop them spreading.

Bed bugs are excellent breeders and a single female can issue up to 500 eggs!

Bed bugs are attracted to humans through warmth and carbon dioxide. They typically ‘hide’ in mattress seams and headboards of beds.

Typically those suffering from bed bugs will be bitten several times during one night, with the bites often in a line. There may be small droplets of blood on the sheets due to bites.

 

What can you do to prevent a bed bug problem?

Bed bugs are great travelers. One of the most common ways bed bugs get transferred is on luggage. If you are unlucky enough to be given a hotel room that has bed bugs, they can easily climb onto your luggage and hitch a ride home with you. Bed bugs generally stay on the ground or on the bed, so it’s always a good idea to keep your luggage and bags off the ground (not on the bed!). Use the luggage racks that are often provided in hotel rooms.

Bed bugs have the reputation of being dirty and only setting up home in unclean bedrooms. However, there really is no reason to be embarrassed – bed bugs are quite happy to set up home in 5 star hotels!

Apart from keeping your luggage off the ground, when you’re first given your hotel room, do a quick check. Peeling back the mattress sheet and inspecting the corner of the mattress is a good start and checking around the base of the legs.

 

* Results of a 2006 survey of Australian pest management companies, as reported by Doggett S.L. (2007). Bed Bugs Update. The Executive Housekeeper, 11(1): 50, 52