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It isn’t always easy to identify bed bugs or know there’s a problem. They remain hidden in tiny cracks and crevices during the daytime. Often the first sign of bed bugs is bites that appear on your body after you wake up.
It’s difficult to confirm presence of bed bugs just by looking at your bites.
Look for these clues to their presence:
Dark/black stains - on the mattress and surrounding area from bed bug excreta.
Sweet scent - An unpleasant, sweet, sickly scent.
Small dark spots - Small dark blood spots on bedding known as 'faecal spotting'.
Live insects - despite being small (adult are only 4-5mm long) it’s possible to spot live bed bugs and shed skins.
Bed bugs can be difficult and costly to control. It’s important to act as soon as you have noticed evidence of activity.
Although your bed is the first place to check, bed bugs can also hide in furniture and furnishings including:
Bed bugs are usually found in bedrooms and sleeping areas because they need easy access to a bloodmeal at night. They are also attracted to bodyheat and carbon dioxide from our breath.
They’re usually carried into a home or business on clothing, or in luggage or furniture. Given their size, bed bugs are well adapted to travel.
Second hand / vintage furniture
Staying away in an overnight accommodation
Spending a night in a hotel with an infestation is the most common way of spreading bed bugs.
Visiting friends and neighbours
If your home has bed bugs, don’t risk spreading them by taking clothes, suitcases or furniture to hotels or people’s homes.
Established bed bug infestations can migrate to adjoining properties by crawling through wall or floor cavities. If you live in a flat, apartment or terraced house, inform your neighbours and other tenants to take action quickly.