What are they?
Bed bugs are flat, oval, wingless insects about 5-6mm long. They are reddish-brown in colour and change to a dark mahogany once they have eaten. Nymphs that are newly hatched are colourless.

How do they live?
Bed bugs are parasites and feed solely upon the blood of warm-blooded animals. They prefer to feed on human blood but will however feed on other warm blooded animals such as rodents, birds and pets. They hide throughout your home during the day and then feast on your blood at night whilst you’re sleeping.
Due to their flat body shape they are able to hide in structural cracks and crevices around the home. As bed bugs are associated with human habitation they can be found in different items of furniture in particular mattress, bed frames, skirting boards and light fittings.

Where do bed bugs come from?
Bed bugs are found worldwide and as they cannot fly, they must crawl or be transported by their host. This can be either on clothing, luggage, or other items that they can hide in or on.

How do I know if I have an infestation?
Having bedbugs has nothing to do with the hygiene or sanitation of your home. They are not related to dirt, the age or state of your home. The first sign of an infestation are the blood stains found on bed sheets, this could be either from the bites or from crushed bugs. Bed bugs are nocturnal insects and will only feed from their host while it is sleeping. The bites caused by the bugs appear as red spots on the skin; these will normally appear on the arms, upper body or torso. They cause itching which lasts a few hours. Waste from bed bugs can also be found near their hiding places. The waste consists of eggshells, faecal matter and shed skin.

Pest Prevention
Bedbugs are a notoriously complex problem to deal with and experience is essential to safe, efficient and rapid elimination. The use of spray treatments is deemed to be the most effective pest control method of eradication of the bed-bug. This will be used in all the infested areas and then the room will need to be vacated for at least 1 to 2 hours to ensure that the insecticide can work into the required areas. All infested items such as bedding and clothing will then be required to be washed at 60 degrees or dry cleaned before being put away. Monitoring devices can then be placed if required.

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