Bed Bugs in your house
Bedbugs are small blood-sucking insects that live in cracks and crevices in and around beds. They crawl out at night and bite exposed skin to feed on blood.
The adults are flat oval in shape about 5-6 mm long, the nymphs go through 5 stages before getting to the adult stage, and maturity. Before each shedding they require a blood meal.
Before a feed they are brownish in colour but take on a darker red/brown colour with the blood, with a feed there bodies also swell in size.
Bed bugs are not dangerous, and do not transmit diseases, however, some people can react to their bites and it can be stressful to experience. Severe infestations can cause sleep deprivation and anaemia.
Most bed bug bites are initially painless but can become itchy welts, which are sometimes wrongly attributed to other insects. Unlike flea bites which are usually around the ankles bed bugs will bite any skin exposed whilst asleep.
Signs of infestation (apart from bites) include blood spots on bedding, dark rusty looking spots of excrement on beds and surfaces where they have crawled after feeding. Evidence of hatching and moulting (skin shells and egg cases) in areas where they have/are hiding. The adult emits a strong musty smell, which is more apparent after you have left the room and returned.
If you suspect a bed bug infestation you can take advantage of our assessment service where by one of our Officers will attend. They will carry out an investigation into your concerns and if necessary lay some traps for confirmation. If it is confirmed that you have bed bugs they will give advice about preparing the room for treatment and request you book a visit for treatment. The cost of this assessment visit £31 is taken from the cost of treatment.
Bed bugs can be removed without intervention from a pest control expert, however it can be difficult and time consuming without access to insecticide and heat treatment equipment.