Bed bugs are small wingless insects, usually around 5mm long, with flat, oval bodies. They are active at night when they feed on blood. They are light brown – becoming darker after feeding. During the day they hide in furniture, the seams of mattresses, cracks in walls, etc.
You can sometimes see adult bugs in bedrooms near the skirting board or the edges of the bed or headboard.
Bites can cause a hard white swelling which can be irritating and sometimes painful. They are not known to carry any serious illnesses but can cause sleep loss and general poor health.
You might see blood spots on bed sheets (which are from the bugs, not from the bites).
Bed bugs cannot fly so they crawl around and into buildings, or can be transported by luggage, clothing and furniture. It is wise to check any second-hand furniture thoroughly before bringing it into your home in case it is infested with bed bugs.
If you think you have bed bugs you should tell your landlord straight away.
A pest control company will tell you what you need to do before a treatment, for example:
Vacuum all floors and upholstered furniture and then throw the vacuum bag away in an outside waste bin;
Wash all bed linen and clothing (including clothing stored in drawers and wardrobes) on the hottest wash possible.
Clear out everything from the room that is to be treated.
Furniture / beds can stay, but everything else needs to be cleared from the room.
After the treatment, people are not normally allowed back into the treated areas straight away; your pest controller will tell you when you can go back in.
If you have a suspected problem with bed bugs ask us how we can help…
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