Bed Bugs


Name Identification Habitat and Breeding
BedBug Adult: strongly depressed; oval body; reddish brown; length females: 4mm-8mm; males are slightly smaller. They are normally mahogany red brown but become purple after feeding. They only have small wing buds but have well-developed antennae and compound eyes. The legs are clawed to them to climb rough surfaces. Their eggs are slightly curved pearly white and 0.8mm-1.3mm long. Three eggs laid per day and approximately 200 over the life. They have an incomplete metamorphisosis; they hatch into nymphs after ten to 20 days. Five moults are normal and one blood feed is needed before each moult. Bedside furniture, door-casings, under windowsills, pictures and posters, under peeling wallpaper, in cracks and crevices in floorboards or skirting boards, in seams of curtains, and any other similar place that many harbour infestation. Inspect wardrobes and chest of drawers  and dressing tables and treat as neccessary.
Development rate depends on the temperature and food availability: Egg to adult is usually nine to 18 weeks (depending on room temperature). This period is shorter during warmer periods. They have two to four generations per year. If they have fed then they can survive for up to a year at low temperatures, without feeding.

Our Bed Bug pictures from previous work. Evidence of bed bug spotting on wooden bed.
Actual bites received as a result of Bed Bug activity.