pests

Bedbugs

Bedbugs

Bed bugs are light brown to reddish-brown, flattened, oval shaped and have no hind wings but front wings are useless and reduced to pad-like structures. Bed bugs have segmented abdomens with microscopic hairs that give them a banded appearance. Adults grow to 4–5 mm in length and 1.5–3 mm wide. Newly hatched nymphs are see through, lighter in colour and become browner as they moult and reach maturity.

Location in Australia

Bed bugs are located throughout Australia.

Location in Home

Even though there name might suggest the bed, Beg bugs can actually be located anywhere in the home. The bed is just a common occurrence because it provides the right temperature, time of day and habitat for the to consume and reproduce.

What time of Year it’s found

It can be found all year around.

Food

Bed bugs are parasitic insects and will feed on the blood of the host they attach too. I.e. the person sleeping in the bed.

Why it’s a pest

Bed bugs can leave irritating red rashes all over the body of the host they attach to. Since they reproduce in large numbers, there are always numerous marks on the host. Keep in mind that bites can take in excess of 1 week to appear and some people will react differently to the bites. So even if red and rash doesn’t appear, infestation is still highly likely.

Prevention

Prevention is quite hard because bed bugs can be located anywhere around the home. Detection is your best defence. Hot Tip: DO NOT just think you can wait out till the leave, bed bugs continually reproduce and if their food source leaves, they will tend to migrate and spread further around the home.