Bed bugs are flat oval insects about 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.
Where do bed bugs come from?
Bed bugs are found worldwide and as they cannot fly, they must crawl or be transported by the host. This can be either on clothing, luggage, or other items that they can hide in or on. Bed bugs are known as parasites and prefer to feed on human blood. They will however feed on other warm blooded animals such as rodents, birds and pets.
Where do bed bugs live?
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.
How do I know if I have an infestation?
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 the 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.
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