Almost eradicated from the UK, bed bugs are now making a comeback into our homes and offices. One of the main pests to the domestic househol...
Latin Name: Cimex lectularius
Months of Activity: January - December
The common bed bug is the best adapted to human environments. It is found in temperate climates throughout the world and has been known since ancient times. Small, nocturnal insects, bed bugs feed on the blood of humans, occasionally causing skin infections and scars when the bites are scratched.
While bed bugs have been known to harbour pathogens in their bodies, including plague and hepatitis B, they have not been linked to the transmission of any disease and are not regarded as a medical threat.
What your bed is made from will make no difference to whether you get bed bugs or not. Whether you have a wooden bed or metal bed (wood or metal beds from time4sleep.co.uk) precautions need to be made.
Female bed bugs lay between 200-500 eggs over a two month period, and are able to reproduce all year round. The eggs are visible to the naked eye measuring 1 mm in length and are a milky-white tone in colour.
The eggs hatch in one to two weeks, with the hatchlings beginning to feed immediately. They pass through five moulting stages before reaching maturity, requiring a feed during each of these stages.
At room temperature, it takes about 5 weeks for a bed bug to pass from hatching, through to maturity, at which point they become reproductively active.
Having once been almost eradicated in the UK, bed bugs are beginning to make comeback, presenting new challenges for pest control. Without DDT and similar banned agents, there is no fully effective treatment available.
DIY pest control on bed bugs has had limited success, so it is always advisable to get a reputable pest control company in to advise and perform treatment as necessary.
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