Bed Bugs

Page last updated at 15 June 2015 at 16:11


The Council provides a Pest Control Treatment Service operated by the Environmental Health Service for domestic and commercial customers.  In the majority of cases there is a charge for the service.   However in certain circumstances the treatment for bedbugs is provided free or at a reduced rate.

If the officer visits and the problem turns out not to be bed bugs, a call out charge of £23 will be applicable

Useful information about bedbugs:-

  • The most common sign of a bedbug infestation are bites.  These will most often be seen on the torso or any part of the body exposed whilst sleeping.  The other common sign that you have bedbugs will be very tiny specks of blood on the bedding.
  • If you think you have bedbugs you should ideally have your home professionally treated. 
  • Bedbugs are normally brought into the home on second hand furniture or clothing or in suitcases.
  • Bedbugs do not spread disease.
  • Our officers use insecticide to treat bedbugs, which is sprayed in all the rooms in your home.  The insecticide has a residual effect, ie - remains active for a period of time to enable continued contact with the bedbugs.
  • You can sleep in the room(s) that have been treated once the mattress is dry. 

Before we attend to carry out a treatment you must:-

  • Strip all the beds, hot wash and tumble dry all the bedding as well as clothing in the room(s)
  • Do not remove any furniture from the room(s).  If our officers decide that furniture cannot be treated you will be advised to remove it and in some cases have it disposed of. 
  • If there are drawers/wardrobes in the room(s) these need to be emptied and cleaned before treatment is carried out.

PLEASE NOTE - if the above has not been done when the officer attends at the first appointment he may not be able to carry out a treatment and another appointment will have to be made, which will delay the treatment process.

For further information please contact us