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Bed Bugs

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Bed Bugs

Bed Bugs are small, flat oval insects that grow to about 5mm in length, about the size of an apple seed. They have a brownish body, that after feeding will become a red colour. Bedbugs feed on the blood of humans and animals and most commonly at night, making them nasty house guests if they do find their way into your home or property.  

These insects are prolific breeders, so once they attach themselves to a hosts item of clothing or luggage, occasionally used furniture and couches that are already hosting these pests, a room/house/hotel room can quickly become infested. They then hide in small cracks and crevices because of their shape they can fit into places as thin as a credit card.  Bedside furniture, luggage (especially if you travel frequently), and in particular mattresses, box springs, bed frame, headboards, loose wallpaper and bedside furniture are their favourite hiding places, making it easy for them to find, and feed on human blood at night.  It is also important to note that bed bugs can also survive on cats, dogs, domestic pets, but sometimes also if there is a rodent problem, or wild animals in the vicinity such as birds or bats. Bat Bugs are a close relative of bed bugs but feed primarily on bats rather than humans, and are so close in similarity, you can only tell them apart under a microscope.

The most common species of bed bug in the U.K is Cimex lectularius.  They are part of the Cimicidae family which includes the Bat Bug.  Males and female bedbugs are blood-sucking and will feed on blood, become engorged and fall off the host, but female bed bugs bite more frequently as they need the blood to develop their eggs.  It is the allergic reaction to the bed bug bite that can cause a skin infection.

They are an increasing problem worldwide, because as people travel for both business and leisure, the chances of encountering a bed bug infestation and inadvertently spreading them increases. These pests are also becoming an increasing issue in student accommodation, care homes and apartments, but have been found in airplanes and buses and once established they can move easily between rooms and properties spreading bed bugs 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.

Rentokil Bed Bug Treatments

Once you have spotted the signs of a bed bug infestation our experienced team of bed bug exterminators can provide you with the best advice on the most suitable course of action.  Bed Bugs are notoriously difficult to remove with over the counter do-it-yourself pest control methods as they can live for a year without feeding.  One female adult bed bug can lay 1-10 eggs a day, and 200-500 eggs in their lifetime meaning it is vitally important to find and exterminate every last bedbug present.

The sooner bed bug extermination is started the quicker the infested areas can be treated and the faster our professional exterminators can reduce the spread.  Our team will assess the entire property to find and pinpoint evidence and document the spread of the bedbug infestation to provide the best pest control treatment to help you become bug-free.  Rentokil offers a selection of professional treatments for bed bug control, with insecticide 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, mattress seams, box spring encasement
    • Carpets, underlay and rugs
    • 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, 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.