Bed Bugs (Cimex Lectularius) are small parasitic insects that feed exclusively on blood. They live in cracks and crevices in and around beds and bedroom furniture, where they hide away during the day and come out at night to bite exposed skin and feed on blood.
Bed Bugs are not dangerous and are not known to be vectors of any disease. However the bites and resultant reaction that can be caused can be incredibly distressing and persistent scratching can lead to scarred pockmarked skin.
Adult bed bugs are flat and oval shaped and are up to 5mm in length. Colour can vary but are usually dark red to brown.
How to spot if you have Bed Bugs
- Seeing a live bed bug in the bed, mattress, head board or on furniture around the bed
- Small white eggs in the cracks and crevices of furniture
- Blood stains on your sheets or pillowcases
- Small blood spots on your bedding, mattress or bed slats (faecal spotting) blood deposited as faecal matter after the bed bug has fed
- Waking up with bites that you did not have before going to sleep the previous night
- On occasion of high Bed Bug activity-a musty, almost marzipan type smell (secreted from the Bed Bugs scent glands)
Bed Bug Treatment
Although there are Bed Bug treatments that you can buy over the counter, these seldom work. These products usually have very little residual activity and are not very strong, they can produce a quick knock down of insects that they come in contact with but are very limited in controlling problems in the long term. To this effect Bed Bug treatment is best left to the professionals.
See what other people have said about our bed bug treatments:
My partner and I had been experiencing bites since we came home from a holiday abroad. We had seen a couple of small brown bugs on our mattress but had no idea what these were. We called Adam from Advance Pest Control Bristol and he came to see us the same day. He identified the insects as Bed Bugs and explained we probably brought them back in our luggage. Adam carried out a course of 2 insecticidal treatments of our bedroom and thankfully we are now 100% Bed Bug free!Mrs R Peterson