bed bug infestation

Bed Bugs

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Bed Bugs

These bugs have existed for thousands of years and have honed their bug hitchhiking and hiding skills to perfection. They will have been unknowingly picked up from existing bedbug infestations - attaching themselves to your clothing, bags, backpacks, luggage, or hiding inside fabrics, furnishings, and cracks and crevices in used furniture.

The most common species of bed bug in the U.K is Cimex lectularius. Males and females are blood-sucking and will take a blood feed from people, but female bed bugs tend to bite more frequently as they need the blood to develop their eggs.

They are an increasing problem worldwide, because as people travel for both business and leisure, the chances of encountering bedbug infestations and inadvertently spreading them increases. These pests are also becoming an increasing issue in student accommodation, care homes and apartments, as once established they can move easily between rooms, spreading a bed bug infestation to other areas.

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Bed Bug Facts

  • Bed bugs lay 200 – 500 eggs over a two month period in batches of 10 - 50.
  • Adult females must have a blood meal from warm-blooded mammals, such as people before egg-laying.
  • Eggs are usually hidden in cracks and crevices and can be attached to infested items of furniture, fittings or soft furnishings such as mattress seams, box springs, bed linen and other items, in clusters by a transparent substance.
  • There are 7 stages to the lifecycle from egg to fully grown adult bug which can be from 45 days, but may take up to a year.
  • The typical lifespan of a bedbug is about 50 days to over a year depending on favorable conditions.
  • They can survive for weeks to months without feeding, waiting for a human host.

Bed Bug Signs

The first signs of a bed bug infestation is likely to be waking up with bed bug bites on your arms, legs, torso and other parts of the body, often appearing as raised wheals. A bedbug requires a blood meal at regular intervals and when they bite, they inject chemicals to ensure the blood flows. This includes an anticoagulant and an anaesthetic so you don’t feel the bites and the blood does not clot too quickly. They need two things: a safe harbourage to hide in and to feed on blood. A bed bug’s anatomy is designed to do these two things. Common signs of bedbugs are:

  • Shed skins - bed bugs go through several stages of their life cycles, leaving behind their shed skins as they grow from nymphs to adults.
  • Faecal spots - leaving faecal deposits that look like tiny black dots from a felt tip pen behind, on bedding, mattress seams, headboards, baseboards, bed frames and other infested areas.
  • Blood spots - the bugs can become crushed and leave behind blood spots or the bites they leave on you can bleed. Tiny spots of blood on the sheets are a tell-tale sign.
  • Odours - in a very heavy, well established infestation, even a human nose can detect the unpleasant, somewhat sweet smell of a bed bug invasion. Bedbugs also give off a hormonal scent when disturbed. Dogs can spot these scents with smaller infestations and much easier than people.
  • Bedbug - if you look in the right hiding places, like gaps under skirting and baseboards, cracks and crevices in furniture, mattress seams etc... you can also find live bugs. They are very small and sometimes hard to see, not much bigger than an oval-shaped, reddish-brown apple seed in some life stages, but our highly trained pest technicians, know their habits and how to find them.

Rentokil Bed Bug Treatments

Our bed bug exterminators have extensive knowledge of bedbug habits and are supported by over 90 years of local experience and expertise. The sooner bed bug extermination is started the quicker the infested areas can be treated to reduce the spread and we offer a selection of professional treatments for bed bug control, both chemical treatments using residual spray and chemical-free heat treatments which are specifically designed to effectively eliminate these pests.

Our award winning Entotherm heat pod is a non-chemical, non-toxic treatment for bedbugs. It eliminates all the life stages, from eggs and nymphs to adults, and is a cost-effective solution to dealing with a bed bug problem. Our professional bed bug services are suitable for an infested room in a residential property as well as commercial premises, such as hotel rooms, cinemas and offices. Our chemical-free heat treatment is also suitable for transportation vehicles and aircraft.

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Bed Bug Control FAQs


  • Where will I find bed bugs?

    • Bed frames and headboard crevices
    • Mattress seams, box spring encasement
    • Carpets and underlay
    • Between floorboards
    • In cracked or broken plaster, behind peeling wallpaper
    • Drawers and cupboards and wardrobes
    • Skirting boards and baseboards
    • Bedside cabinets and other bedroom furniture

  • Is there any harm from having bed bugs?

    The harm of bed bugs is from the pain and irritation of being bitten, which can sometimes lead to secondary skin infection. Bedbugs move around easily and if not treated in a quick and professional manner, can reach an epidemic level. Specialist solutions only available to professional pest control companies offer the most reliable way to get rid of bed bugs.


  • Where will a bedbug hide?

    Adult bed bugs are approximately 4-5 mm long; about the size of an apple pip, and so can easily hide in crevices, seams and tiny gaps. As they need blood meals, bed bugs are attracted to our body heat and exhaled carbon monoxide. This means they will stay in close proximity to areas where people rest. This is most often beds and bedrooms – hiding in bed frames, mattress seams, headboards, bedding, bed linen, electrical sockets, carpets, rugs, deep in upholstered furniture and soft furnishings. However, infestations have also been found on public transport, aircraft and in workplaces – anywhere that is close to sedentary people.


  • What steps can I take against bed bugs?

    It is not recommend you try treating bed bugs on your own. Completely resolving a bed bug problem can only realistically be achieved by enlisting the help of pest control professionals, as treating bed bugs is a complex process and if not done thoroughly may lead to an infestation returning.


  • What bed bug treatment is best?

    Rentokil’s Entotherm Heat Treatment is a non-toxic solution that eliminates bedbugs without the use of chemicals and kills all stages of the bed bug life cycle, from eggs to nymphs and adults in one treatment. By the professional use of this controlled high temperature solution, pesticide and insecticide treatment are not required for bed bug control. Our qualified exterminators will complete a detailed bug inspection to determine the extent of a bed bug infestation, before recommending the most suitable and effective bed bug removal option for you. Our solutions are suitable for homes, as well as commercial premises such as hotels, bed and breakfasts, student accommodation, hostels, office buildings and transportation.