Bed bugs

(Cimex lectularius)

Professional Bed Bug Treatment in Gloucester and Cheltenham

A close-up of several bed bugs between bedding fabric

Bed bugs (Cimex lectularius).

 

Bed bugs are small, parasitic insects that feed on the blood of their host. They appear shaped like an apple seed. A fully grown adult is approximately 5mm in size. Bed bugs are commonly found in bed rooms, or where people sleep, which can even lead to an infestation on sofas. Bed bugs are also known to infest public transportation. Bed bugs are known to be notoriously difficult to eradicate, as they grow to be very resilient to many insecticides. They can also can hide in the smallest of cracks and crevices and secrete an alarm pheromone when threatened.

Infestations of bed bugs can cause a variety of problems for people, including skin rashes, allergy symptoms, and even psychological effects such as anxiety and insomnia. It is therefore important to address a bed bug infestation as soon as it is identified.

Preventing a bed bug infestation can be extremely challenging, as bed bugs are known to spread through human travel. They will often infest people’s luggage, their clothes and are even known to hide in secondhand furniture. Regularly inspecting mattresses and bedding can indicate whether someone has a bed bug infestation or not. Spotting is where the host bleeds on the bedding after being bitten. You may also find fecal matter or molted skins.

If you need bed bug removal, contact PestEx Professional Pest Control today for free quote.

 

Last updated: 10-07-2024