Bed bugs are becoming an increasingly important problem in this country. Bedbugs
spread very quickly and easily and are difficult to treat. This has caused an upsurge
in the number of bedbug outbreaks.
Adult bedbugs are 5mm long. They are usually found in bedrooms but hide in cracks
and crevices during the day. Before feeding they are a flattened oval shape and light
brown, but become rounder and darker after feeding. They are nocturnal and attracted
to both the warmth of our bodies and the carbon dioxide in our breath. The most common
shelters for bedbugs are in the seams of mattresses, in crevices in the bed frame,
behind furniture surrounding the bed (especially the headboard) or where the wall
meets the floor.
An established infestation will also be associated with an unpleasant scent secreted
by bed bugs – hence the need for bed bug control services.