Common Bed Bug (Cimex Lectularius)How do you know if you have them?
Problems caused by BedbugsBedbugs are famous for biting and it is the primary reason you don't want them in your home or premises.
The irritation caused by the anti-coagulant chemical that bed bugs leave around the bite site can be very nasty especially if you have soft or sensitive skin. The bites can itch and you may be tempted to scratch but you must try to avoid this as it can cause infection. instead you should ask a Chemist or your Doctor for medication if you need it.
Bedbugs feed on their host by finding a bare patch of skin. It will then force the feeding tube of its mouthparts through the skin and injecting the host with its saliva. This saliva contains an anti-coagulant chemical, preventing blood from clotting. This saliva is what causes the itch and swelling associated with the bedbug bite.
If bedbugs are allowed to multiply they can become a large problem that it is possible that the person they are feeding from may become anaemic through blood loss but this is quite rare.
Identify a Bedbug problemWe actually have more cases of bedbugs in London and Essex than in Hertfordshire but they are a common pest in both areas. Bedbugs are generally more active at night, and infestations usually occur in bedrooms and living areas. They need to live near to a place where their food source (which may be you) is going to stay still for quite a while. If they are in your bedroom, they will come out during the night while you are sleeping. They may crawl out from a number of hiding places like the bed frame, behind loose wallpaper, any cracks in plaster or furniture or from under or behind bedroom furniture. In the living areas they are more likely found in soft furnishings like sofas, often around the arm joints or frames.
You can identify the adult bedbugs as they are about 4 to 5 mm long. They have no wings and are dark brown all over. They have long legs and claws that they use to cling on to the host during feeding. They also have antennae on their heads adjacent to their eyes.