About Bed Bugs

What exactly are bed bugs?

Bed bugs are blood-sucking parasites that feed primarily on humans. They are not considered to be a major pest or health hazard. But they are highly unpleasant to live with and cause insomnia, anemia and mental fatigue.

Adult bed bugs are brown or reddish-brown and about 2-5 mm long. They are typical cimicids. Their flat shape means they can easily hide in cracks and crevices.

They dwell in fabric, walls, furniture, clothes and yes, beds. Anywhere they can be close to a human so they can feed.

Bed bug biting

How do I know if I have bed bugs?

It’s quite common for people to confuse bed bugs with mites or fleas. So to be completely sure, it’s best to seek expert advice as soon as possible. Leave it for any length of time, and the infestation will spread to other rooms.

The most common signs and symptoms of a bed bug infestation are:

  • Irritation, rashes and swelling
  • Tiny specks visible (droppings)
  • Blood spots on bed sheets
  • Live insects

How do bed bugs spread?

Bed bugs are transported from one environment to another through luggage, clothes, bedding, and furniture.

They hide on airplanes, buses, and ships so are easily transported from place to place.

Bed bugs breed at an incredible rate, too. Females lay between one to 10 eggs per day. These eggs stick to surfaces with a special ‘protein glue’ and hatch in about ten days.

Bed bugs are most often found in places with a high rate of occupant turnover. Places like: hotels, hostels, dormitories, shelters, prisons and multi occupancy buildings.

Infestations are not a reflection of poor hygiene or bad housekeeping. They are usually brought into a property by a previous occupant had come into contact with them at some stage.

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