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Signs of bed bugs


Bed bugs hide in tiny cracks and crevices and usually visit their host for a feed briefly in the few hours just before dawn. To an expert pest controller, signs of bed bugs are easy to spot. To an expert pest controller, signs of bed bugs are easy to spot but can be a little harder for the untrained and inexperienced eye.

Here are a few of the common signs that there may bed bugs in one of your rooms.

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What do bed bug infestations look like?

  • Dark/black stains - on the mattress and surrounding area from bed bug excreta.
  • Sweet scent - An unpleasant, sweet, sickly scent.
  • Small dark spots - Small dark blood spots on bedding known as 'faecal pellets'.
  • Live insects - despite being small (adult are only 4-5mm long) it’s possible to spot live bed bugs and shed skins.
  • Blood spots - on the sheets or mattress.

Where to find bed bug infestations?

  • Bed frames and headboard crevices
  • Mattress seams
  • Carpets and underlay
  • Skirting boards
  • Between timber floorboards
  • In cracked or broken plaster, behind peeling wallpaper
  • Inside electrical sockets and fittings
  • Drawers and cupboards
  • Wardrobes
  • Bedside cabinets

How to treat bed bugs infestation?

An inspection by Rentokil will help to confirm a problem and enable our Service Technicians to offer the best solution.

As part of our bed bug control services, Rentokil also passes on our expertise in the form of training for your staff on bed bug early warning signs. Contact our team to find out more.

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