Adult bedbugs are a reddish-brown insect that is flat' usually found on bed frames, headboards, skirting boards and around mattresses.
They feed on their host's blood and are active from evening to night time. Attracted by the host's body heat, they inject saliva that delays the swelling and itching when feeding.
They can also lay dormant for up to a year without feeding.
Between 3-5mm in the adult stage
White oval eggs around 1mm long
Between 200-500 eggs
5-18 days to hatch
Bed bugs feed on the blood of their host. This will most likely be humans in the case of Cimex lextularius
Will live close to their host, on your bed frame, around mattresses, bedroom furniture, cracks in skirting boards.
Bedbugs are an ectoparasite, meaning they feed off a living organism
Bed Bugs can fit into the tightest gaps
Bed Bugs go through an incomplete metamorphosis
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Bedbugs can travel on your clothes in your bags or suitcase and can easily spread
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