Pest Guides

Bed Bugs

Cimex lectularius

Appearance

Bed Bug
  • Bed bugs are 4 to 5mm in length.
  • Bed bugs are oval and flattened from back to underside, and become rounder and darker after feeding. Their legs are well developed.
  • Mouthparts of bed bugs are adapted to piercing and sucking.
  • Bed bugs are red to brown in colour.

Lifecycle

  • 200 – 500 bed bug eggs are laid over a 2 month period in batches of 10 to 50.

Habits

  • Bed bugs feed on human blood, and can survive for up to a year without human blood.
  • They are found in cracks and crevices, headboards, behind peeling wallpaper, broken plaster, light switches, under carpets and skirting boards etc.
  • Bed bugs are nocturnal.

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