Bed bugs are parasitic insects of the cimicid family that feed exclusively on blood.. Cimex Lectutarius, the common bed bug, is the best known as it prefers to feed on human blood.
Bed bugs (Cimex lectularius) shouldn’t be confused with dust mites. Bed bugs are nocturnal parasitic bugs that feed on blood from warm blooded mammals.
Dust mites are microscopic spiders that feed on shed dead skin cells. Dust mites are not visible to the eye.
Adult bedbugs are 5mm long. Before feeding they are a flattened oval shape and light brown, but become rounder and darker after feeding. They come out at night and are attracted to the warmth of our bodies and carbon dioxide in our breath.
on the mattress and surrounding area from bed bug excreta.
An unpleasant, sweet, sickly scent.
Small dark blood spots on bedding known as ‘faecal pellets’.
despite being small (adult are only 4-5mm long) it’s possible to spot live bed bugs and shed skins.
on the sheets or mattress.
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