Adult bedbugs are 5mm long. All species of bed bug feed on warm blooded animals. Cimex lectularius is the bedbug that feeds on blood from humans, which can result in painful bites. 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
Bedbugs are becoming an increasing problem in this country and around the world. Their resurgence may well be related to a global increase in international travel (bedbugs are known to travel in luggage or clothing), as well as a possible increase in their resistance to certain pesticides. There is also a general lack of awareness of signs that point to an infestation.
Bed bugs are hard to eradicate and are best dealt with by professionals. IDM has a lot of experience in dealing with these unpleasant creatures. Call us so that you can ‘sleep tight and don’t let the bed bugs bite’.