Bed bugs are parasites that live and feed on warm-blooded animals, including humans, causing skin rashes and bites. They can crawl up vertical surfaces such as furniture legs and like to lay their eggs in cracks or crevices located near to the host. The young (nymph) bugs are small and hard to see with the naked eye; adult bugs are brown and disc-shaped, and typically about 3mm in size.

Bed bugs are particularly prevalent in high-occupancy dwellings such as hostels, hotels and blocks of flats. Many infestations have been caused by residents inadvertently bringing back bed bugs from their travels. They can survive in starvation for up to a year, so professional assessment and treatment of a bed bug infestation is essential to ensure that these tenacious creatures have been totally eradicated.

Why is treatment so important?

Bed bugs are insects from the genus Cimex that feed on human blood, usually at night. Their bites can result in several health impacts including skin rashes, psychological effects, and allergic symptoms. Bed bug bites may lead to skin changes ranging from small areas of redness to prominent blisters.


Most bedbugs feed on their hosts while they sleep. They draw blood in a painless way.

While feeding, they inject a small amount of saliva into the host’s skin. If they feed on one person for several weeks, the individual may become more sensitive to their saliva and the chemicals that it contains. The host might eventually develop an allergic response.

Bedbugs, like fleas, tend to bite in rows. There are likely to be two or three bites in each row. This is probably because the bedbug is interrupted while feeding, and then comes back about half an inch further down for its next bite.

Bites can take up to 14 days to become visible but often appear within several days. Bedbug bites are larger than fleabites and do not usually have a red dot at the centre. The bites tend to be raised and red.

They can be scattered or occur in clusters of three over the paths of blood vessels, known as the “breakfast, lunch, and dinner sign.”

Most people who are bitten show no symptoms at all and often do not know it happened. This makes it more difficult to prevent or identify potential infestations. Some individuals, however, may become ill and nauseous. It is possible to get from scratching the bites. Very rarely, people might have an anaphylactic reaction to bedbug bites. It is possible but rare to have an asthmatic reaction to bedbugs.


Bed bugs can occur even in clean homes, and despite the stigma, it does not mean that your home is dirty. Cimex lectularius are the parasitic insects commonly known as bed bugs, though due to their preference for any quiet, dark areas close to food sources, they can be found on bedside cabinets, skirting boards, windowsills, hems of curtains, picture frames, and sofas, as well as bedsprings, bedding, headboards, and mattresses.

What is the food source for bed bugs?

They feed on your body and are mostly active at night, just when you are sleeping. As it is difficult to physically see bed bugs, if you are suspicious of an infestation, you will probably notice bites on your body first, which may be itchy and appear as blisters.

Professional treatment solutions

As they can be found in so many places, bed bugs can be difficult to remove, but at Landcare Pest Control, we provide a qualified and professional service to exterminate bed bugs and other pests. Our heat treatment can tackle bed bugs at all stages of their lifecycle without using any toxic chemicals, so all will be safe to use once the process is complete.

If you spot bedbugs in the home or place of work, call Land Care Pest Control for a professional service and do not attempt to resolve the infestation. Bedbugs can spread from room to room in clothing and trying to remove them yourself can often make the matter worse.

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