Bed Bugs are small, egg shaped insects which feed on human blood. Bed bugs are small - adults flat bodies about the size of an apple seed.
After feeding their bodies swell and change to a reddish colour. Although bedbugs do not fly, they can move quickly over floors, walls, and ceilings.
Bed bugs need a human host to survive
They can lay dormant for a very long time. In fact, adult bed bugs often lie dormant for many months without food.
As businesses have closed for many months during the Coronavirus lockdown, bed bugs may have been lying dormant, waiting for a human host to feed on.
As the extended lockdown continued, particularly for the hospitality industry, adult bed bugs have waiting to feast on a human host and as businesses such as hotels, B&Bs, self-catering accommodation and other hospitality businesses open up, unsuspecting members of the public could become the next feeding frenzy for dormant bed bugs.
As landlords start to rent out vacant properties again and house sales start moving, bed bugs could already be present in clean, vacated properties meaning that there could be a problem when you move into a new home.
What to look out for?
These are common signs you may have bed bugs
Blood stains on sheets or pillowcases
Dark or rusty spots of bed bug excrement on sheets and mattresses, bed clothes, and walls
Shed skins in areas where bed bugs hide for example in the crevices of mattresses
An offensive, musty smell (scent emitted from bed bugs’ glands)
Bites!! - when bed bugs bite humans they will often do in in clusters of bites. Each cluster usually contains 3 to 5 bites that appear in a zigzag pattern
Where to look?
Common places to find bed bugs
Mattresses (especially in the crevices)
Bed box springs
Walls near beds and other furniture
Headboards and bed frames
Sheets and other bed clothes
Curtains and carpets
Luggage and clothing
Sofas, armchairs or other furniture which are regularly used
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