What are Bedbugs?

Bedbugs are an ectoparasite insect, which means they live on the outside of the body of the host. These pests feed off the blood of their hosts, which include humans. Although they can conceal themselves quite well in cracks and crevices, they are often found in bed parts, like mattresses and box springs.

Bed Bugs (Cimex lectularius)

Unfed adults are mahogany; engorged bed bugs are red-brown. Nymphs are nearly colorless. Adults are 1/4" inch long (0.6 cm). Nymphs range from, 1.3 mm to 4-5 mm.

How do infestations start?

Bedbugs usually enter a property on clothing or inside furniture. The most common source of bedbugs is a stay at an infested hotel. Bedbugs or their eggs get into clothing or suitcases and are then transported home.

If there are any signs of bedbugs when staying at a hotel (either being bitten or seeing blood spots on sheets) take great care when bringing your personal belongings home.

It may be necessary to launder, fumigate or treating clothes to ensure they are safe. The same applies if you are transferring furniture from one place to another.

Treating bedbug infestations

Bedbugs are an unplesant pest and one of the most difficult to eradicate. High levels of hygiene, deep cleaning and the use of remedies will help to keep bedbug numbers under control, however, professional treatment is often needed to completely eradicate the infestation


Pest Control Specialists offers a fast, effective and safe bedbug treatment service.

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