Bed bugs are small parasitic crawling insects. Often mistaken for carpet beetles or similar sized insects they grow to 4-5 mm long and 1.5mm wide – roughly the size of apple seeds. Adult bed bugs range in colour from light to reddish brown. They are oval shaped, wing-less and domed in appearance. Their preferred sole source of food is human blood. They are tough and live for 12+ months without feeding. Just one single pregnant bed bug can be responsible for a full-blown infestation in two weeks with its offspring rapidly producing.
Bed bugs congregate after feeding. While they often live around the bed itself to be close to their food source they can be found throughout a property. At home or in a hotel you’re likely to find them in the door frame cracks, in the gaps above and under the skirting board, around light switches and pendants, inside electrical sockets; within the upholstery of your fabric covered furniture, even in clothes.
Bedbugs spread rapidly from one floor to another and to the rooms on either side of the suspected infested room please be thorough when checking. If you spot several bedbugs, it’s likely they have been breeding for a few weeks and are likely to be in more than one room.
Apart from the fact they are unsightly (especially after feeding on human blood) bedbugs target and harm humans with the following tell-tale signs.