Bed Bugs

Bed Bugs

Bed bugs are wingless insects that are oval in shape and 5-6mm long as an adult. They are a rusty brown in colour and change to a deeper reddish-brown after a meal of blood.  An adult bedbug can live for 6 months at room temperatures of around 20C and much longer in colder climates. After mating, each female lays 2-3 eggs a day throughout her lifespan. The cream coloured eggs are approximately 1mm in length and will hatch within around 10 days at room temperature, but longer in cooler conditions.

Once the eggs hatch they are called nymphs. The nymphs are paler in colour and are approximately 1-4mm in length. Bed bugs have a flattened body and are a very secretive species which makes detection often very difficult, they tend to shelter in dark locations, mostly close to where people sleep. This includes under mattresses, floorboards, paintings and carpets, behind skirting, in various cracks and crevices of walls, within bed frames and other furniture.

Bed Bugs are found in virtually every place people tend to gather, including homes, hotels, schools, offices, retail stores and even public transportation; they travel easily and are transported via luggage, clothing, bedding and furniture.

The mouthparts of bed bugs are designed to pierce the skin and suck blood. They inject saliva during feeding, which enables them to thin the blood. Bed bugs are attracted to warmth and carbon dioxide which we exhale.
Most feeding will occur at night, and they generally seek shelter during the day and become inactive while digesting the blood meal. They can survive for long periods without feeding.

Call professional Pest Control in Melbourne for questions about this pest or bed bug treatments.

How to Tell If You Have a Bed Bug Infestation

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  • Alive or dead bed bugs, and cast skins. Alive bed bugs will confirm that the infestation is currently active.
  • Faecal spotting: This is digested blood by the bed bugs. It may be  initially observed on the sheets, but will be commonly noticed along the mattress seams and beading of mattresses.
  • Eggs: cream in colour, approx. 1mm, which tend to be laid in crevices in dark areas.

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  • Bed bugs can create a smell described as ‘sickly sweet’. This is usually noticed in areas of a heavy infestations or if close to the bed bug.
  • Bites: If you are being bitten in bed it is an indication of an infestation, however not all bites will be from bed bugs.
  • Blood stains on sheets or mattress.

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Bed Bugs FAQs

To check for bed bugs, inspect your mattress, and bed frame for small reddish-brown bugs, their moulted skins, or tiny bloodstains. Pay attention to seams, folds, and cracks in furniture, and use a flashlight for a thorough examination. Get in touch with Dawson’s Australia today for a professional service.
Professional pest control is often necessary for effective bed bug elimination. Vacuum regularly, wash bedding in hot water, and use mattress encasements. Consider discarding heavily infested items and seek professional advice for comprehensive eradication. Call Dawson’s Australia to discuss your requirements today.
Bed bugs are small, oval-shaped insects, about the size of an apple seed. They are reddish-brown, flat, and become more swollen after feeding on blood. Young bed bugs (nymphs) are lighter in colour.
Bed bug bites often appear as red, itchy swollen welts or clusters on exposed skin. They can be mistaken for other insect bites but are characterised by a distinctive pattern, often in a line or zigzag.
Yes, bed bugs are visible to the naked eye. Adults are about 5-7 millimetres long. They hide in cracks and crevices during the day but may be visible on mattresses, bed frames, and nearby furniture.
Bed bugs can be introduced through infested furniture, luggage, or clothing. They are skilled hitchhikers, easily transported from one location to another. Infestations can also occur in shared spaces like hotels or public transport.
Bed bugs are found worldwide and can infest various environments. They often come from infested items brought into homes, including used furniture, clothing, or luggage. Vigilance in checking new additions to your space is crucial for prevention.

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