The bed bug is a nocturnal insect that feeds on human blood. Adult bed bugs are about 5 mm (1/4 inch) long. They are reddish brown in colour (becoming mahogany after feeding) with flat, oval bodies. They have short functionless wings and are therefore likely to be found close to their host. Their legs are well developed, enabling them to crawl up vertical surfaces. Bed bugs can be mistaken for the smaller "martin bug" which can enter bedrooms from the nests of house martins (usually after the birds have left the nest and the insect cannot feed from the birds). Note: It is illegal to disturb or remove martin nests until the birds have left the nest.
Signs of Infestation
Signs to look out for are:
- an unpleasant sweet smell
- blood spots on sheets and mattress
- black/brown speckling (bed bug faeces) in the area of harbourage.
Last updated Thursday, 10th January 2019