How to identify and control bed bugs

An adult bed bug.
Adult bed bugs are oval-shaped, wingless insects. They're around 5-7mm long and can hide in narrow spaces, cracks and crevices.

Bed bugs can be introduced into your property by travel, in suitcases, backpacks, second-hand furniture and bedding.

They often remain undetected for long periods until a suitable host appears.

Bed bugs occasionally crawl from one room to another, spreading the problem throughout hotels, hostels and domestic properties.

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What do bed bugs look like?

Adult bed bugs are oval-shaped, wingless insects.

They're about 5-7mm long and can hide in narrow spaces, cracks and crevices.

Unfed bed bugs can appear pale yellow or brown. They turn reddish-brown after consuming blood.

Are bed bugs dangerous to my health?

Bed bugs pierce human skin and suck blood. The bites can cause itching and redness for most people.

There's no evidence of bed bugs transmitting infections or diseases to people.

How do I know if I have bed bugs?

Signs of bed bugs include finding:

  • The live bug
  • Cast off skins
  • Small white eggs
  • Small dark brown or black spotting on or around your bed which is caused by the bug's excrement

How to control or treat bed bugs

To control your bed bug problem:

  1. Don't remove any furniture from the affected rooms. In most cases, beds and furniture can be treated and do not need to be disposed of.
  2. Bag up all bed linen and clothing tightly and wash it at 60 degrees Celsius or above.
  3. Spray a residual chemical application on floors, walls and furniture in all affected rooms.
  4. If a mattress is torn and difficult to treat, you should dispose of it. The mattress needs to be made unusable and sealed before taking it out of the room.

Preventing and getting rid of bed bugs - British Pest Control Association