Bed Bugs

Anxiety and stress are just two of the side effects with living with bedbugs. Psychological effects should not be underestimated. We can help. 

  • Cimex lectularius is the bedbug that feeds on human blood
  • Bed bugs are small and agile
  • They will quickly infest a property
  • Bedbugs hide in crevices, cracks in floors and walls, mattresses, headboards, carpeting, boxes and so on
  • They feed every 2 to 3 days
  • They can walk 72metres in one hour to look for a blood meal
  • They shed their skin as they grow
  • Getting rid of bedbugs takes determination – as well as deep cleaning and heat
  • Washing items at 60°c kills the eggs
  • If an item cannot be washed, freezing it for a day or two kills bedbugs and their eggs
  • Bed bugs are resilient and can survive for a year without feeding
  • Some people can have an allergic reaction to bites – itchy red lumps – but other people can be unaffected
  • Bed bugs usually bite in a straight line
  • When food is plentiful, a bed bug will lay up to 5 eggs a day
  • The female bedbug can lay 500 eggs in her lifetime (around 9 months)
  • Newly hatched bedbugs go through 5 life cycles before they become adults

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Diagnosis

Nuisance scale: 9/10 HIGH

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Difficult to eradicate, seek professional help

Hazard: 7/10 MODERATE

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Negative physiological effects can be huge.

How We Treat This Pest

Combat Pest Control prides itself on supporting you through a Bed Bug infestation from start to finish. We understand how psychologically debilitating this process can be and we aim to alleviate as much stress and harm as possible. All treatments are tailored to our customers needs.

Vital Statistics

Colour: Reddish-brown
Shape: Small and flat
Length: Adults grow up to 4 to 7mm, and 4mm wide

Interesting Facts

  • Bedbugs will shed their skin six times before they become adults
  • To complete each moult, they must have a blood meal