Bed bugs are common throughout the UK
Bed Bugs are small insects that feed on blood from warm blooded mammals including humans There are several species of bed bug, but there is one particular species Cimex Lectulairs, which prefers to feed on human blood and is the most common Bed Bug in urban environments Bed Bugs have an oval body, 6 legs and be either brown or reddish brown in colour. They feed every two to three days, usually at night when people are in their deepest sleep. Bed Bugs can migrate by themselves in search of a host but are usually carried around with luggage, furniture and clothing. As these bugs are tiny and agile they are able to hide well in all manner of belongings They can very easily spread from one room to another and will eventually infest a whole building if left untreated. Due to their very small, flat bodies, bed bugs are able to hide in seams of mattresses, bed frames, head boards, bedroom furniture, in clothing, behind wallpaper, carpeting, laminate and wooden flooring or any other household clutter Due to their ability to infest an area very quickly, bed bug treatment can be very difficult and it is advisable to use a professional pest control company.
Signs of bed bugs include dark spotting and staining on the mattress and bed frame or rusty blood spots on the bedding. In most cases these dark spots are actually dried bed bug faeces. Traces of moulted skin, eggs and egg shells may also be found.