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
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
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.
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
½ 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
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